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14 Beautiful Handles to Sew and Use


Handles and straps can be the trickiest part of sewing a bag or purse. Trim your project right by following one of the easy tutorials below. I have put together 14 free patterns for projects that will help you master sewing handles. Keep reading to see them all.

Making fabric handles for your purses and bags is so helpful. It means you can finish your project with supplies you already have. I love sewing something without a trip to the store. And I’m confident you will love these Perfect Fabric Purse Handles

Sometimes a bag calls for Clip On Tote Bag Handles. I love the changeability of a clip-on strap. Make several sets so you can customize the look of your accessory.

Japanese Style Fabric Handles can quickly elevate the look of a tote with a contrasting fabric or made in an accent color.

If you’re looking for a tutorial for a tote with simple leather strap handles, look no further. I call this my Strappy Tote.

Here’s a reader favorite Faux Leather Bag Handles tutorial with lots of helpful information and detailed instructions. Perfect for your first time making this kind of purse strap.

I must include these cool riveted handles on Stephanie’s Riveting Canvas Tote. The colors she chose are purrrrfect, don’t you think? (These days I have to find a little humor wherever I can. It’s 2020 after all.)

Here’s another variation on Clip On Bag Straps. Of course, they could be sewn directly to a tote or crossbody, without needing clips. But I admit I love the little bit of shine that the metal clip adds. It’s jewelry for your purse.

Of course, there are lots of things to sew with handles that aren’t purses or totes. A recent favorite is the DIY Woven Basket . The handles are optional and could also be made with lots of different materials.

Another recent project that turned out awesome is the Miracle Caddy. The handles and many pockets make it super user-friendly and practical. I always have it nearby now. How did I live without it?

I’ve made several Chubby Lunch Totes, and the handles are the perfect length to put your arm through when you have other things to carry. Picture getting out of the car after a long day with a purse, grocery bags, water bottle, etc. It’s always great when I can take everything in one trip.

Another look at the Japanese Style Handles is in my Scrapyard Tote. Scroll down to the bottom of the post if you only need the handle info.

This shopping bag is adorable. It can also be reversible depending on how you line it, but it’s the rope handles that really make it stand out. Roomy Shopping Bag with Cute Rope Handles

I was thrilled the day I finished my very own For Pleat’s Sake Tote. The handles are from Craftizen on Etsy and they add just the right touch.

Don’t forget the option of re-using Thrifted Handles. They could make an old favorite bag new again, or elevate the look of a new bag with the perfect finishing (and thrifty) touch.

So, now you have 14 ideas for handles for your projects. Please share by tagging @sewcanshe on Instagram if you’re stitching something inspired by my site. I love seeing your creativity.

Happy Sewing!


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  1. There is always something to learn from your post. I have been a sewer for a decade and still find something I never thought of. Thank you.

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