AbbreviationsList of Abbreviations
Matters of GaugeGauge Does Matter The Importance of Checking Errata and the Power of Gauge
Some Basics & Specifics on FeltingBasic Blocking and Felting Blocking & Felting Tube Baguettes Finishing Tube Baguettes Felting the Lattice Bag and Other Fair Isle Bags
Purses with FramesFraming Lipstick and Change (As Well as Other Tiny Bags) Sewing Purses into a Frame Using Beads as Anchors
Decorating BagsHand-Beading on Bags Cabochons as Ornaments on Bags
ClosuresZippers 101: Cutting Down a Zipper to Fit Zippers 102: Putting Zippers in Bag and Pillow Openings Turnlocks 101: Applying Turnlocks to Bag Flaps
Attending to the Bottom of the BagBag Feet and Stiffener
Lining AdviceHandles 101 Pockets 102 Lining a Rectangular Bag Lining a Triangular Bag
How to Attach Handles To Your Nonibag
By Nora J. Bellows
Important: First and foremost, I DO NOT recommend that you put handles on before you felt, or flowers or anything else, as it can pull your hard earned bag out of shape.
Felted I-Cord Handles
Felt handles separately from bags in small lingerie bags. Then apply by hand-sewing them to the inside of the bag with a double strand of good polyester sewing thread or “cordonette” (formerly known as button hole twist). You will want to make sure that about 1.5 – 2 inches of handle is applied to the inside of the bag below the top edge in order to have a nice secure handle.
If you are applying your handle to the outside of your bag, make sure that at least an inch of the handle is sewn to the body of the bag.
First, measure the width of the holes in the purchased handles. Next, cut out a piece of fabric approximately 20 in long and four times (or a little bit less) as wide as the measured holes, Figure 1. I usually use the same fabric as the lining.
Fold the fabric in half the long way and press. Now fold each half one more time, Figure 2, and press again. No raw edges should be showing.
Top stich approximately 1/8 in away from the two edges and cut the 20 in piece into 4 parts, Figure 3. Press one last time.
Thread each piece through a hole in the handle and stitch the raw edges together, Figure 4.
Place on the felted bag and pin in place. Make sure the handles are nicely centered and protruding high enough to rotate easily, Figures 5 and 6.
Once you are happy with the position of the handles on the bag, just sew them to the felt using a whip stitch. Now on to the lining...