Sunday, November 30, 2008

Christmas Bag Tutorial - Part 2

Making the Handles and Button Loop

Click on each image to see a larger version. All seams are 1/4 inch unless otherwise stated.

Cut a piece of fabric 3 1/2 inches wide by 44 inches long then cut it in half lengthwise. This will give you two pieces 22 inches long by 3 1/2 inches wide.

Cut a piece of batting to exactly fit each handle piece.

Fold the fabric with the fabric right sides together and the batting on the outside. Pin to hold everything in place then stitch a 1/4 inch seam.

Turn the handles inside out and press with the seam along the centre.

Quilt the handles - this helps to make them stronger and stops the batting from breaking up - 1/4 inch apart. I followed the pattern of my fabric. You could also stitch 1/4 inch in from each edge and then down the centre.

To make the button loop, cut a piece of fabric 1 1/2inches wide and 6 inches long. Fold in half lengthwise with right sides together. Stitch a 1/4 inch seam and turn right side out. Press.

To attach the handles to the bag, measure in 4 inches from the each side of the bag and pin the handle in place matching raw edges and making sure the seam is facing towards you. Click on the [icture below to see a close up.

Mark the centre point of the bag and pin the button loop on either side of this mark. Baste in place using a slighter larger stitch about 1/4 inch away from the seam line.

Be careful to keep the other side of the bag clear of the needle.

You are now ready to make and attach the lining!

Happy Stitching



  1. Thank you for your comments re the Australian Christmas Carols. If you like to send me your email address, I will send you the words to all 14 carols, which I can do quite easily.

    I wish we could hear these carols much more often than we do. I tried to buy a more recent version of them the other day, but there's nothing. One can find 3 or 4 scattered amongst things like 'Six White Boomers, which I hate, but there are no recent recordings of all of these carols on one disc. My record must be at least 20 years old.

    Happy Christmas to you.

  2. Great instructions Ann ...and nice and easy to all you need is to fill it up with Christmas goodies!!! Have fun with your new bag...Dzintra

  3. For all the bags I've made I don't think I've ever done a quilted handle - thanks for the lesson! :o)

  4. Well done, Ann!

    I like the quilted aspect of the handle. Something to try out.



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