How to sew your own padded fabric bag handles

 padded bag handles

Are you a a keen bag maker? Ready to take you bags to the next level? Wondering how to create your own professional handles which tone perfectly with your bag?

Its so easy to make your own handles, have a go:)

You will need:
2″ by 28″ times two of fusible fleece
2″ by 29″ times two of the handle fabric

Adjust as necessary for the length of the handles you need for your particular bag pattern.

To make padded fabric bag handles

Attach the fusible fleece to the wrong side of the fabric following the manufacturers instructions, centering the fusible fleece

Turn in the end of the fabric handles to the wrong side, press. Adhere into place with fabric glue, bondaweb or similar.

padded bag handles

handle ends fold in edges

Fold in the sides to the centre and adhere into place

handle ends completed

Fold both long sides into the middle so they meet on the wrong side. Press into place.

Iron into the center

At each end of the handles adhere this into place

Fold the handle on half again, and pin into place (you can use clover clips or even hair clips).

clover clip into place

Stitch along the edge leaving 1.5″ of the handle not sewn at each end to create the part that is sewn to your bag. That's it!!! Simple:)

padded bag handles

I have made a denim and tweed upcycled large tote to show off the padded bag handles.

Large Denim Upcycled Tote with Corded Bag Handle

For a free tutorial for the bag visit my blog. What style of bag will you make with your professional handles?

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16 Responses to How to sew your own padded fabric bag handles

  1. Sandra-Kay Murphy says:

    Very clear instructions, can’t wait to try it on my next bag.

  2. Elle Lyons says:

    Are hand stiching the handles? I can’t tell by the pictures.

  3. Priscilla M. Laybolt says:

    I think this is a fantastic solution. Can’t wait to try it.

  4. Pamela says:

    I’ve wondered how these were made, so thanks for the clear instructions!

  5. Anne Evans says:

    Very effective. They look really good. Thank you.

  6. Yvonne says:

    Really excited to try these handles thank you

  7. Moyosore Lateefhat says:

    Love it and have give it a try. Thanks you

  8. Joon Albany says:

    Thank you so much! I’ve had a bag made for a year, quite beautiful but wanted some better handles and this is just fabulous way to do it! So glad I came across your post❤️

  9. Susanne says:

    I have been looking for a handle like this thanks

  10. Gina B. says:

    Could I use foam instead of the fleece?

  11. Rosemary de Ponte says:

    Brilliant! Thank you so much. I love it!

  12. This looks great, can’t wait to try it, thanks for sharing

  13. Amie'lie says:

    Les poignées et le sac sont superbes, merci pour ces informations Déby !

  14. Tracy in SW WA says:

    Deby, thanks for the clear and easy instructions to make the handle. Your denim and tweed bag is gorgeous – it looks useful, lived-in, and so versatile!

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