Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tutorial: How To Sew Vinyl Handles To A Bag

I don't write tutorials often enough here~so when I decided to add these vinyl handles to the bag I just made ~I thought it would be a great opportunity, and took some step by step photos  :)

Please note:I've never stitched this kind of handle on before and I couldn't really find a tutorial ~ so if you know of a better way~ I'm listening ;)
I should mention, the handles are from Inazuma, and I got them here
I chose to stitch the handles on with perle cotton. (I also 
got this from the same shop as the handles.)

First, measure where you want your handles to be on your bag. Then, pin through one or 2 of the holes to keep them in place.
I lined up one, then matched up the second side.

Second, cut a length of the perle cotton, and thread a needle.One with a big enough eye and not too sharp is what worked best for me. A thimble would also be nice to work with on this project-but I don't have one(!~runs and adds one to shopping list)


3rd, On your first handle, come up under the first hole with your needle(so the thread doesn't show on the lining side).
click on photo to see it larger :)

 4th, Go all the way around in this way. Your last stitch (since there are an odd number of holes) should end with the needle coming up through the handle.

Last stitch comes up through last hole

Now, just go back, down into the same hole as your 2nd to last stitch (see photo)

Continue around this way 'til you get back to the other side... Ending, going down through the 2nd to last hole

 Tie a knot where your last knot was. Tuck ends under the handle.

I may cheat and add glue here just to keep things in place ;)

Repeat for the remaining 3 handles. 
Bag Complete :)

If something isn't clear or you have any questions, please let me know in the comments section...


We Blog Artists said...

Andrea....that is absolutely ADORABLE!!!
I am going to have to PIN it...can I?


Happybee said...

thanks for this tutorial!!!!
I'm a new follower of your blog!

andrea creates said...

yes, you sure can char ;)

Christie Cottage said...

Cool bag and great tutorial!

Swing by my blog an enter the new play food giveaway. Perfect for a Christmas gift!


moose and bird said...

Hi Andrea,
I hope you have had a lovely week. I haven't popped in for a while as things have been so busy around here. As always I love everything you make, thanks for sharing this fab tutorial. xo

koralee said...

Oh my goodness...I am loving your so are amazing. xox

andrea creates said...

:) koralee~thanks!

Lisa said...

most excellent!
love the contrasting thread... looks super .. your photos are really great too.

I must try these out♥

Eileen {bluebirdluxe} said...

Oh! The bag is gorgeous and I love this tutorial! Thank you! :)

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