If you’re looking for a unique handle for a handmade bag, here is an easy way you can add interest and texture to your project. Leather can be very difficult to sew, so I made a little shortcut that only takes about 10 minutes or so!
I made mine with some faux suede cord (see links below for where to find this item), but you can use other items to source your handles, this is a wonderful opportunity to recycle and repurpose! Here are a couple of ideas:
- Purse handles
- Old garments such as jackets
- Shoe strings
You can also buy leather (and faux leather) in sheets at the craft store. The suede cord comes wrapped around cards or on a spool.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A (handle-less) bag (to make the bag shown, click here)
- Leather or suede (you can use faux varieties as well if you prefer), see above for ideas or where to get leather
- Hot glue (fabric glue also works well, or you can sew it on with a very heavy needle and heavy thread too). I chose hot glue because it dries very fast and makes it easier to tack the heavy leather down in place.
Step 1: Cut leather to length you like. If you are making braided handles like I did, it is helpful to tape down the strands while braiding.
Step 2: Place a drop of glue on the inside edge of the bag where you’d like for your handle to be. Repeat for the other end.
Step 3: If you’re adding a second handle, line it up with the first handle you’ve attached to ensure the two handles match.
Step 4: Let everything dry and cool completely before using.
Click below to watch a full video tutorial too!
Get materials for this project here!
Happy crocheting lovelies!