My Guide to Creating Fabric Bag Handles.

Making your own bag handles is a really inexpensive option that’s easy to do. My favourite width of handle is 2 cm probably because I have quite small hands and don’t like bulky wide handles. So I’m going to use this measurement for the tutorial, however it’s easy to adjust it to create a bag handle that suits you and the bag your making.

In this tutorial I’m going to be making bag handles that are stitched to the front and back of the bag. I’m using a length that I like for handbags.

Ironing hems in place for bag straps.

Cut two pieces of fabric 55 cm long and 7 cm wide.

Press the strips together along the long length with wrong sides together with an iron. This creates your centre point. Open the fabric out.

At the short ends fold in a 1.5 cm hem and iron in place. Do the same again for both of the long edges.

Top stitching bag handles.

Now fold the fabric back in half down the central line you created earlier.

Simply top stitch close to the edge of your bag strap. Starting on one of the shorter lengths down the long side and finishing at the end of the other shorter side.

Repeat for your other handle.

Attaching bag handles to a Christmas handbag.

You now have your two handles ready to attach to your bag.

Position them on the sides of your bag panels and pin. I always do this before I sew up my bag panels.

Then sew along the bottom of the strap up the side for 2 or 3 cm’s across and back down the other side until you reach your starting point.

Repeat on the other side.

This will give you a secure fixing for your strap handles.

Handmade Christmas shopping bag.

 

Add Shaping to Your Bag Handles

In the photo below you can see how I have given my handles more shape, rather than them sitting flat on the bag.

A patchwork handbag in pink and navy blue.

To create this look cut your two strap pieces to 55 cm by 11 cm wide.

Press the strips together along the long length with wrong sides together with an iron. This creates your centre point. Open the fabric back out.

At the short ends fold in a 1.5 cm hem and iron in place. Do the same again for both of the longer edges.

Now fold the fabric back in half down the central line you created earlier.

Measure a distance of 6 cm from the top and bottom and mark with a pin, then fold the fabric above and below your pin markers in half again and top stitch together. You now have a really strong strap with two wide anchor points to attach to your bag. Repeat for the other handle.

Stitch these handles to your bag as detailed above.