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Topic: My attempt at a Sha Sha Dream Bag + bag handle question  (Read 1380 times)
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« on: January 24, 2006 05:39:58 PM »

My friend’s birthday is coming up so i decided to make her a bag since she's liked the other ones that I have made.  I wanted to try a different design so gave the Sha Sha Dream Bag a try.  I really like the way the bag turned out except for the handles.  They just don't seem to match the rest of the bag but i didn't really notice that until after I had sewed them on so i suppose they will have to stay.

I've only ever attempted one way of making handles: basically by taking a strip of fabric folding it and sewing both sides.  What other methods of creating/attaching handles do people like to use?

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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2006 06:04:59 PM »

I love it! thats so awesome!

How to attach a handle, HA! i have no idea, well i have done it, but i would not know how to tell you online, sorry, Ask one of these experts here on the site lol

How to make a handle, i take a strip(however big you want it) and then i fold it good sides together and sew the bottom of one part of it and then keep sewing up the long side and then stop.  So you leave one end open, and then turn it inside out.

IF that makes any sense, thats how i make handles  Grin 
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2006 08:13:16 PM »

Well,  it appears to me that the handles are 'overwhelming' the bag.  They appear to be too wide.  I know it is hard to tell from a computer monitor and a quick picture, but I'm not sure the handle color is correct for this purse.  Perhaps using one handle instead of the double handle would change your feeling about it.

In the pics, I would have to say the colors don't quite work out.  In this case, I think I would recommend using same fabric as the purse.

I'll come back after while and post the way I do handles.  I'm sure there are a dozen ways to do it, but I'll gladly share my method with you.  Gotta' run right now but I promise I will come back.

Hope I have not hurt your feelings by anything I have said here.  That is NOT my intention.  I am a crafter too and I know we walk a fine line between being supportive and construction criticism.  It takes a braver person than me to put projects out here for others to see !  I am a chicken and I know it.  I have the utmost respect for you.

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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2006 08:56:36 AM »

I made my handles out of the same fabric as the lining of the bag.  I did them the same way Prunk21 does too:  figure out how wide you want the handles (I decided about 1-1 1/2") and how long.  I cut the material wider than wanted and the length watned, put the right sides together and sew the length.  I also sew one end shut, then use a bamboo skewer to turn them right-side-in.  I then iron them so that the seam is flat and attach.  Does that make sense?

« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2006 10:46:55 AM »

What a nice purse.  I like the straps--she'll never lose that purse! I know it's kind of a contrast, but why does everything have to be color-coordinated?  Just a thought.

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« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2006 12:16:50 PM »

Thankz for all the comments.  The computer gives the bag a purpleish tint so the handels aren't as off color as they appear but I decided that i really didn't like them so i took them out.  Now i just need to decide what i want to do for the new handels.  I'm not sure if i want to use the lining fabric for the handles since it seems a little bussy.  I'll have to see.
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2006 05:59:22 PM »

I switched out the handels and am much happier with the bag
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« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2006 06:24:03 PM »

 Cheesy I like the changes you made to your purse.


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