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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Reprint from APP's

 Tote Handles
Carol asked how I make my Easy Peasy tote handles....
It's hard to explain without a photo.... I hope my Photo example helps.
First I decide what color I want my Main fabric. I cut this strip to 2 1/2" wide and desired length. (I cut these strips from centerfold to selvage on the material. I use my ruler and rotary cutter). Fold this strip in half and press wrong sides together with edges even to one side, and the ironed crease on the other side. Open the Main strip and fold and press the raw edges to the center as indicated in the photo.
This is the same way you would make a bias strip.
Cut a piece of batting 1" in width and the desired length. This batting strip is placed inside and down the center of the main fabric fold. Press all of this flat. Cut a 1 1/2" wide accent strip with desired length.
This accent strip is also made like a bias strip.
To construct.. Place the main fabric and batting with raw edges up. Next Pin the raw edges of the small bias to the cover the raw edges of the main fabric opening. As shown in the photo. Stitch down either side of the small bias to secure it and cover any openings.
I have found I love adding the accent trim to the handle.. but you can make them the old fashion way.
4 inch strips.. fold in half then fold in half and stitch down either side of strip to secure. If I do a handle this way I also add a bit of iron on interfacing to make them a bit stronger and not so wimpy.
I hope your not to confused with my instructions. Once you make one.. you will understand my concept.

6 comments:

Noela said...

Really like this way of making a handle. Something different having the contrast. Hugs....

Melody said...

Thank you so much for this information.

Terry said...

Thanks for posting this. I always liked the look of handles like this but I had no idea how to make them! :0)

Chrissy said...

This is awesome - thanks for sharing!
And thank you for stopping by my yarn along post!
Hugs xxx

Linda said...

You have some really beautiful stitching on your blog.

Thanks for dropping by my blog earlier. Happy Easter.

littledebbie said...

Thank you for sharing this. I have made a few totes and was not happy with the handles. I can not wait to try this. :)