Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Piped bag handle tutorial

There are some gorgeous bags being made around blogland lately. Sadly, none of them by me (it's on my list ... okay??).

Check out this little beauty by Marmaladekiss. Julia said she'd had problems with making the handles, so I thought I'd pop a quick tutorial on about how I do it.

You will need:

Piping cord, whatever size is suitable for your bag style
A strip of fabric to cover your cord
A small amount of sticky tape
A loop turner (a very inexpensive bit of kit which you will get from most sewing shops, and very handy to have! I think mine cost less than £2)

First of all, this is what a loop turner looks like. You could probably make one from some stiff craft wire, bent over at the end to form a hook.

To work out the size of the fabric strip, fold your fabric in half, with the cord in the middle until it is covered, then measure 1cm (you need 1cm either side of the cord, for the seam allowance). Press the strip flat.

Fold in half right sides together, without pressing, and sew the edges together. Backstitch at the ends , but don't sew right up to the end. Trim seam allowance.

Insert loop turner.

Poke the prong through the farbic at the end, and secure the hook in place.

Fiddle until you can pull the fabric back through the tube. (I forgot to trim my seam allowance, just pretend, OK?)

Gently pull the fabric through itself, until eventually it comes out the other end of the tube.

Unclip the loop turner. Poke the loop turner back through the tube. Wrap a small amount of tape around the end of you piping cord. Push the loop turner up into the tape, starting at the open end, push it in between the cord and the tape until it comes out of the tape, then secure the loop in place.

Gently pull the cord through. Press the handle with the cord inside, which acts as a mini seam press and avoids nasty crease marks.

Easy when you know how!

In other news....

We have had some great weather this weekend, so we went out in the Marmadaisy twice.

We took two trips to Puffin Island, which is quite tricky as we had to negotiate the sandbanks down the Menai Straits.

The best bit though was mooring at Caernarfon castle to partake of the goods at ye olde ice-cream van. Just like they did in the days of Edward I.


Junie Moon said...

What a very helpful tutorial--thank you so much. I do make my own piping but didn't know about this particular technique. It will help a lot on the new Weekender bag I'm making (and stalling on doing because I dislike the whole process even though I love the end result).

nikki/WhiMSy love said...

That ice cream truck looks like a little toy & in the background is a giant sand castle!

Joleo said...

Nice tutorial - thanks for that.

The whole messing about on boats thing looks lovely :) (Oh and I like the new hair!)

Marie said...

I might have to invest in one of those turning thingiemebobs. Usually I spend ages fiddling with things to get them turned through.

Glad you've been making the most of the weather, hopefully it'll last out so you can get plenty of Marmadaisy mileage (is it still mileage in a boat? Nautical miles I guess) before the winter.

Lovin' the new do btw :)


bumblebeebags said...

Thanks for the tip.I will have to make a bag with these handles soon:)

Chris said...

Fab tutorial thanks for sharing ... Looks like you had a fun weekend too :)

Helen said...

Great tutorial - thanks! I have one of those loop turners - they're so handy.
Isn't Caernarfon castle lovely? I haven't been for years, but we used to love going there as children.

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c-ing said...

I came here looking for a way to make purse handles and found it. This will match the purse and give more body to it. Thanks