5 Great Ideas for Sewing DIY Bag Handles – Yes, you can make your purse straps too!

how to sew bag or purse handlesDo you love the look of pre-made bag handles, but don’t want to pay a lot of money for them? Make your own bag handles! Using fabric to make purse handles has more benefits besides saving money – you have practically unlimited choices when it comes to customizing your bag handles with the same or contrasting fabric and making them just the right length – or making them adjustable. Read on for 5 great ideas to help you make your own purse or bag handles.



1. Perfect Fabric Purse Handles – My friend Sarah of Blue Susan Makes taught me how to make perfect bag handles that can be customizeable for any bag pattern. Click here for her easy tutorial.

Basket Tote Free Bag PatternI used those handle instructions to make these straps for my Basket Tote (get the free pattern).

2. When I was sewing my One Yard Magic Tote Bags, I adapted the design to make these squared-off Japanese Style Bag Handles!



3. If you love the look of cute hardware and want to be able to change your bag handles for a new look every now and then, try DIY Clip On handles. These are so much fun on my Speedy Patchwork Totes.




4. Maybe you want a longer handle or strap that’s adjustable. Check out my Adjustable Bag Strap Tutorial.



5. Here’s a secret – sometimes I save time and money by using my thrifted bag handles!

Oh, and don’t miss all of my free bag making patterns and tutorials for ideas to use them!

Now we have so many options!

Happy bag making!



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