How to make padded and corded bag handles
If you’re new to bag making, check out my Bag Making for Beginners Ebook, which shows you how to make padded and corded handles.
Web bag handles
Webbing is commonly used for bag handles because it is extremely strong and comes in a variety of materials, from cotton to nylon. You can choose to embellish the web handle by adding a stripe of bias binding to one side of the webbing, for example.
Leather Corded Bag handles
I recommend using a nylon upholstery thread because the tannins in leather can corrode cotton thread. Machine stitch using a zipper foot, a leather needle, a long stitch length, and fractionally loosen the tension.
Padded bag handles
Padded bag handles are simple to make and look great. To cut bag handles, I use a quilters ruler, cutting mat, and rotary cutter. Padded and corded bag handles can be made by machine or by hand. The straps on an over the shoulder bag are frequently 24u2033 (60cm) long, or for a shorter handle 15u2033 (45cm).
How do you make a mesh pouch?
Sewing a Drawstring Bag
- Place the mesh fabric on a flat surface.
- Fold the bag in half lengthwise with right sides together.
- Mark a 1u2032u2032 opening 1u2032u2032 from the top edge of the bag.
- Make a casing by folding the cotton top of the bag down 1/4u2032u2032 and then another 2u2032u2032.
How do you make a Velcro pouch?
Stitch along each side to create your pouch, remembering to backstitch at the beginning and end of each side. (NOTE: Do not sew the top flat to the sides! Open the top flap up before you start sewing!)
What can I use instead of a mesh laundry bag?
Useful Instructions for Using a Pillowcase Wash Bag
- Use cotton or polyester pillowcases.
- Rather than a brightly colored pillowcase, choose a neutral color like white or beige.
- Make sure there is enough room for the item(s) to move around.
- Tie it off.
- Always check the manufacturer’s instructions on any item you want to wash.
How do you sew a mesh together?
- Use a short stitch length.
- Use a narrow zigzag stitch rather than a straight stitch.
- Use a tear-away, wash-away, or tissue paper stabilizer underneath so the feed dogs don’t grab “air”
- remove the stabilizer after sewing.
- When stitching the mesh layer to another fabric, place it on top, next to the needle.