A D-ring is a type of hardware that resembles a tie-down metal ring in the form of the letter D and is primarily used as a lashing point. A D-ring can be attached to a surface with a metal or fabric strap or used at the end of a leather or fabric strap. There are also D-rings with a middle body designed to be welded to steel. A D-ring should ideally swing freely after it has been secured. D-rings come in various materials, shapes, weights, finishes, and load (rated) capacities. One of the most common is 1 INCH D-RING.

Applications of D-rings

D-Rings are used in a lot of aspects:

  • D-rings made of plastics such as nylon, which are lighter and less prone to rusting, can be used for light loading applications such as clothing and luggage.
  • To allow one to build a bow around an object or part of an item that is being towed by a vehicle, it is commonly found at the end of a tow rope or chain.
  • When a piece of scenery has to be lifted or “flown,” this term is widely used in theatres. With a “drift line” and turnbuckle attached to change the “trim,” D-rings are attached to the tops or bottoms of flats.
  • A D-ring is used to increase the pressure on the extractor and minimize malfunctions on an M16 or variant style rifle.
  • On scuba divers’ buoyancy compensators and breathing sets
  • D-ring is a component of a saddle.
  • To secure a leash or tag to a collar or harness for a pet.
  • A pair of handcuffs are carried on a prisoner transport belt.

D Rings – Sizes & Sewing Tips

D rings are metal or plastic buckles that are flexible and shaped like a capital “D.” They’re often used to temporarily attach a strap or strip of fabric or make a strap flexible. Nickel, black, gold, silver, antique gold, gilt, and other finishes are available and a variety of sizes and finishes. D rings are mostly used to change the length of a strap, but they may also be used as a decorative element on purse straps and other items.

Sewing with D rings

Sew two together, one on top of the other, every time. This helps you to change the strap you’ll use to attach and keeps the strap in place.

  • Place your D rings on top of your strap with the flat side down.
  • Fold the brace over both D rings’ flat ends, leaving at least one and a half inches at the tip.
  • To cover the raw edge, fold about half inches of the edge under.
  • Place the fold under your sewing machine and sew in a straight line once forward and once back across all of the fabric folds. If you’re hand stitching, follow the same steps.
  • Remove the cloth and bring the needle half inches closer to the D rings. Sew backward and forwards once more.
  • This will aid in the reinforcement of the stitches and the retention of the D rings.

Sizes of D Rings

From one edge to the other, the scale is determined along the flat side. The width of your D ring should match the width of the strap or fabric you’re using. If the right size isn’t available, go with a D ring that’s slightly wider than your strap. The fabric will not glide as quickly if it is bunched around the edges. A larger D ring would not remain as securely in place as a D ring that is correctly sized.

  • ¾ Inch D-Ring
  • 1 INCH D-RING1 3/16 INCH D-Ring
  • 1.5 INCH D-Ring
  • 2 INCH D-Ring


There are several ideas for the D-Ring project you may follow. D-Ring can be used with a ribbon or rope belt with a buckle, as straps for backpacks, handle of a purse. You can add a funky hardware feature or clip them to the thick end for a belt with baby sling Ties or use them as straps for the hat or bicycle helmet. Also, you can decorate tote bags, use one at a time at the ends of the straps.


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