This is the final post in this tutorial. The handles and small zippered bag will be attached to the large tote.
This is part 5 in the series.
If you missed part 1, you can find it here.
Part 2 can be found here.
Part 3 an be found here.
Part 4 can be found here.)
There is a supply list for the project in Part 1.
Making the handles.
To make the handles place the strip right face down on your ironing surface. Press one edge in a scant 1/2 inch. We just want this edge to be “finished”.
Lay the batting strip so the edge of the batting is touching the raw edge of the fabric strip.
Fold the opposite edge of the fabric strip over the batting.
Fold the “finished” edge of the fabric over the raw edge. Pin in place.
Straight stitch close to the folded edge down the length of the strip. Then stitch down the other side also.
Add a decorative stitch to the center.
Cut the strip in half to make the two handles.
Attaching the Handles
Line up the raw edge of the finished handles along the edge of the bag top. The raw edge should touch. (Measure 2 inches from the side edges of the bag.) Make sure the straps are not twisted. Pin in place.
Using a straight stitch, attach the handles. Make sure to backstitch to keep the handles secure.
Fold the handle over itself and stitch. This is a thick seam – sew slowly and make sure to backstitch.
If you made the small zippered bag, loop the handle of the bag through the handle before sewing it on.
I hope you all make lots of wonderful bags! I would love to see pictures of your finished projects.