Step Three: Hiding the ends of the bag handles
Method One: Using fabric and a small, self-made pattern
- Take the two small rectangles of fabric and apply fusible interfacing.
- On a piece of paper, trace a vertical line (Step 1) 4″ in length and mark the middle by tracing a 3″ horizontal line (Step 2).
- Trace a 2 1/2″ horizontal line at 1 1/4″ above and below the center horizontal line (Step 3).
- Trace a 3″ horizontal line 1/2″ above and below the 2″ line (Step 4).
- Join all the outer points together.
Join all the outer points together, cut out the pattern and lay it on the fabric that you have prepared with the fusible interfacing. Cut out the fabric and fold the fabric wrong side out in half.
Sew on one the top and on one side and trim the seam allowance by half turn the piece and iron it.
Wrap it around the handle and hand sew with quilting thread if it is too think for your machine.
Method 2: Using waxed cotton cord or thin decorative cord.
Thread the ring through the twisted bag handle, fold the edge over the ring and stitch it down using your sewing machine or by hand make sure you use a very strong thread, cut the excess fabric.
Take you wax cord, you will need about 10″ per handle side.
Fold the cord by 4″ and place the fold 1″ from the ring. Start wrapping very tightly from the ring to the loop. With the help of a loop turner pick the cord and threaded through what is now a small loop.
Pull the cord side closest to the ring until you see the other side disappears under the tight loops.