This morning I finished two diaper bags for the Children's Aid Society charity work that my guild does.
I used two different methods for the handles for these bags. I thought I'd share how I did my own method, as well as how those in the pattern for the bags were constructed. Sorry, I only had this brainwave as I was finishing topstitching my handles! Hence the first few pictures are using a short piece as a demo.
1. Cut a 30" strip of fabric that is 3" wide.
2. Turn under the long edges 1/4" and press.
3. Fold the strip in half lengthwise and press.
|Opened out so you can see the fold down the centre|
|Bad example; I didn't have enough of my batting strip left! It should be the same length as your handle.|
|All done, ready to be basted to your bag!|
1. Cut a strip that is 30" long by 5" wide.
2. Press it in half lengthwise.
3. Press the long edges in so they meet at the centre fold.
This is what it now looks like, opened out before the next step:
4. Fold in half lengthwise once again, so the raw edges are encased.
5. Topstitch down both long edges. Your strap is ready to be basted to your bag!
Personally, I prefer the piece of batting inside the handles, as it gives them a little more cushion when the bag is over my shoulder. Either method, these make great straps, with no turning of a long tube!