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« on: November 03, 2012 01:12:28 PM »

I know so much depends on the size of the person and where you want the bag to fall, and personal preference too - but are there any guidelines?  If I am making it for myself - where do I want the bag to fall so it hangs in a way that doesn't make it bounce up with every step I take, but doesn't feel too short either? Hip length? waist?

also for cloth shopping bags - I always feel unsure of the length to make those as well. I usually make two handles that are 21' long each because I just cut a long strip from selvedge to selvedge - but depending on the depth of the bag - it can hit the ground - so perhaps I ought to be making my handles a bit shorter. Are there any standards?

Any suggestions would be so helpful to me. Thank you!!
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2012 01:26:23 AM »

How about making an adjustable strap?

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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2012 04:47:33 PM »

Adjustable sounds good although I'm not yet there with my sewing skills - plus it adds the cost/work of the hardware involved and I like to go for the most simple way of doing things - you are totally right though that adjustable would solve my problem.
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2012 01:23:24 AM »

The simplest adjustable strap is a soft fabric that just ties together: it was my solution when I made my first bag with straps waaay too long. The strap was just a tube, attached at both ends, I just turned the edges together and oversewed.

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« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2012 08:27:59 AM »

I've also made the "adjustable" handles that are tied. Just make sure you make one tie shorter than the other so you don't have a knot riding on the top of your shoulder! And it's best the tie on on your back so you don't have a big tie blowing all over you.

I think 17-18" is pretty standard for a shoulder bag; shopping bags, I prefer the handles long enough to carry on my shoulder, I think 12" is pretty good for that.
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