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Shadesofme
« on: January 30, 2009 11:34:37 PM »

what are some good techniques for crocheting handles for purses? Does anyone have any good pictures or advice?
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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2009 11:52:46 AM »

No one has any tips? mine always seem to turn out too loose.
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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2009 01:56:07 PM »

http://www.crochetville.org/forum/showthread.php?t=93691  Here is one that might help.  It has pictures.
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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2009 03:35:10 PM »

Well it depends on the project. If the bag itself is crocheted also, I usually just attach yarn to where I want the handles to be, crochet a few stitches along the top and then crochet upward in short rows until i come to the length I wan the handle to be, then i attach the end back down to the bag with slip stitches.
I also recently made the handles completely separate from the bag, and carefully attached it by making two slip stitch "borders" around the entire bag. You can kind of see what i did here http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa308/DesignVigilante/coachbag02.jpg
If the bag isnt crocheted but you want crocheted handles, You can always crochet each handle seperately, take one of the ends put it through a D ring and bring the end back on the handle about an inch and either weave, sew, or slip stitch the end of the handle to the handle to create a closure so it wont fall off the D ring, then sew the D ring to the bag with a piece of fabric.

I hope that helps some.
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« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2009 05:22:12 PM »

DesignVigilante that bag in the picture is too cute...
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« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2009 09:45:04 PM »

to prevent stretch, I chain just a little bit shorter than I want the strap, then either sc or hdc back and forth until it's as wide as I want. Then I attach it at the end (or crochet it to the bag at the end of each row) and then super reenforce it. Doing the short row is great, especially if you want a ribbed strap, but it drops way too much for my tastes.
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« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2009 10:19:25 AM »

Well it depends on the project. If the bag itself is crocheted also, I usually just attach yarn to where I want the handles to be, crochet a few stitches along the top and then crochet upward in short rows until i come to the length I wan the handle to be, then i attach the end back down to the bag with slip stitches.
I also recently made the handles completely separate from the bag, and carefully attached it by making two slip stitch "borders" around the entire bag. You can kind of see what i did here http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa308/DesignVigilante/coachbag02.jpg
If the bag isnt crocheted but you want crocheted handles, You can always crochet each handle seperately, take one of the ends put it through a D ring and bring the end back on the handle about an inch and either weave, sew, or slip stitch the end of the handle to the handle to create a closure so it wont fall off the D ring, then sew the D ring to the bag with a piece of fabric.

I hope that helps some.

I *love* how you did that. and the bag is fabulous. That's absolutely perfect. I'm making a bag of a similar shape and length to yours, so it's perfect. I'm using two colors, green and blue, so i'll use the blue for the slip stitches. about how long did you make them?
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« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2009 04:50:46 PM »

I *love* how you did that. and the bag is fabulous. That's absolutely perfect. I'm making a bag of a similar shape and length to yours, so it's perfect. I'm using two colors, green and blue, so i'll use the blue for the slip stitches. about how long did you make them?
Thanks muchly! Grin I'm not at home so I can't measure the straps right now but they were about the length of my arm, so like 24 inches-ish. The bag itself measures 12in tall, 12in wide, and 2.5 inch depth so I'd say 24 inches for the length of the straps is about right.
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« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2009 11:41:15 PM »

 Grin Grin Grin Thank you! I'm still practically drooling over the crochet work on that bag....oi.
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« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2009 10:34:00 AM »

this is more of an idea but my grandmother has made a few of those over sized bags almost like a beach bag out of plastic colored newspaper bags.
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