I use these handles on my homemade reusable shopping bags. Both as a replacement for grocery shopping or as a simple tote to go to the market and carry produce.
- 48″ (122 cm) of cotton tape 1 1/2″ (2.5 cm) wide
- 44″ (112 cm) of cotton cord 3/8″ to 1/2″ (2 cm) wide
- Polyester thread to match
- Sewing machine
- Zipper foot
NOTE: You will notice that I am not using cord despite the instructions. I decided to make my own because I am too lazy to go to the store and purchase some. Normally, I have meters of the stuff lying around in my fabric stash but since we have moved my things are in “transit” so to speak. I will share with you how I made this homemade cord next week.
How To Sew The Easy Handbag Handles Using Cord
Cut the cotton tape in half.
Cut the cord in half. I have made my own to length.
Add glue to the center of the tape.
Place the cord in the middle and fold the tape. Pin.
Sew the handles using the zipper foot. Start sewing one inch from the edge at 1/8″ from the edge.
You may or may not finish the edge of the handles. It will depend on how your handbag is finished. Below is are some of my shopping bags made with hessian or burlap, my preferred material because of its durability and natural material. The handles are all done using the technique above.
These handles cannot be easier to make. What do you think? I have a few more bags using this type of handle but I do not want to ruin the surprise…make a pair we will be using some tomorrow… Until then Happy Sewing!