Making bag handles and using fabric scraps from your stash is the aim of this tutorial. To set the scene, it is 3 am and as usual I am working late or is it early? –I really don't know anymore. I realize that I do not have enough fabric for the bag I am making. I could sew a few scraps together, but that would make it look “patch-worked.” And I do not have the interfacing to stabilize it anyway. I could use a thick chain, but unfortunately I don't have one of those either. Can't use leather or canvas because yes, you guessed it, I don't have that either.
So I get the idea from the fabric covered beaded necklace that is hanging from the mannequin and the left over cord from the fringed bath mat. These were both projects recently shared with you here on So Sew Easy. I thought I would share with you what I was able to make with the left overs I actually did have. For those of you that sell your bags, I hope you find it useful and a way to set your product apart from the rest.
I've chosen some pretty bright and contrasting colors simply because those were the scraps I had and because they would help illustrate the technique by contrasting the different pieces. You can, of course, choose better matching fabrics for your own bag handles.
If you're someone that really likes bags, please have a look through this technique because we have a new, free bag pattern coming out tomorrow that will use it. Enjoy!
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- 2 strips of fabric of 60″ in length by 1 1/2″ wide
- 2 pieces of cotton cord 60″ in length by 3/8″ to 1/4″ thick.
- 2 square of fabric 6″ x 6″
- 2 square 6″x 6″of medium weight fusible interfacing
- waxed cotton 1 1/2 yard approximately
Step One: Sewing the strips
Here is the perfect opportunity to use your scraps. The strips need to be 60″ in length by 2″ wide. This lengths is enough to make a 22″ bag handle. You can sew a few scraps together that complement your bag to reach the length required. I am using 2 different fabrics from my scraps. There is no need for this to be on the bias.
Important Tip: For making bag handles
How wide your strip of fabric will depend on how wide your cord or rope is. The width of your cord x 6
Sew the edges together at 3/8″.
With the help of a loop turner or a bobbin-pin turn inside out.