Make Your Own Bag Handles

comments (10) May 26th, 2009     

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Accent your purses with your own pretty handles!

Accent your purses with your own pretty handles!

Photo: Jesse Breytenbach

Knitting and crocheting little bags for summer can be addictive—but sometimes finding the perfect handle for your bag is the biggest part of the challenge. Jesse Breytenbach of JezzeBlog shares her clever handle-making technique: She uses clear plastic piping from the hardware store. You can thread a crocheted chain or a knitted eye cord through each handle for a pop of color that's sure to be a perfect match, and her construction method makes it easy to remove the handles should you ever need to wash the bag—genius! Head on over to her blog for the full scoop.

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Comments (10)

SuzieQzie writes: I have been designing and producing felted totes for many years; I would normally need to purchase the handles (which doubled the prices of my totes. Or, I would need to ask my husband to make handles out of plywood and paint or stain them...a LOT of labor, and we simply could NOT find enough time in a day to produce the handles I needed. :-(

But! This project has it all! It's clever, unique, simple, and inexpensive. I sure wish I'd thought of this, but glad you were kind enough to share your wonderful idea with us! Thanks again for sharing!
Posted: 1:40 pm on March 12th
wyndeelou writes: Wonderful! Now I need to search for a pattern to use these handles! Can't wait!
Posted: 5:16 am on February 22nd
belleeven writes: fantastic idea! and a great place for all my tiny objects that I don't have a space to display (seashells, gems, beads, etc.) now I'm all excited. :)
Posted: 7:56 pm on August 29th
G_makitty writes: Now why didn't someone come up with this before !
Wow ! I love it , and think of the variations ....thanks clever Linda.
Posted: 4:19 pm on October 25th
PurpleButterfly writes: Oh this is wonderful. I was told of another idea to make handles. Now I have two ways. To see the other way you can follow my blog and on FaceBook.
Posted: 10:28 am on September 3rd
nathalhya writes: Love the idea!!
Posted: 11:55 am on October 24th
bboxlady writes: WOW! I have been making the cutest crochet totes for gifts this holiday season...handles have been difficult to find, expensive and kind of boring...and here is a great way to make my own...I am heading for heading for the lumber yard first thing in the morning!
Posted: 6:44 pm on July 15th
tscreates writes: Great idea. I did similar handles a few years back and I used shiny beads to fill in the tubes. For my purse I used album covers on the front and back of purse. I covered the albums in a clear plastic and used a large stitch to sew. On the end of the handle tubing I used a grommet (had to put the tubing in the hot sun to soften it enough in order to apply the grommet) and a jump ring. It was a bit of work but it made a fun purse since I used Greece with John Travolta as my album cover. Please visit my craft forum for other fun ideas, including instructions to make a purse from men's briefs. Just click the on the forum and go to other craft ideas at
Posted: 6:19 pm on June 1st
karen4camano writes: What a great idea! Hardware/DIY stores are full of super possibilities like this. I found a bib purse on ArtFire. It's shaped like a baby's bib, which I thot was clever. Picture here:
Posted: 9:49 pm on May 27th
Maureclaire writes: Clever !!!
Posted: 10:29 am on May 27th
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