With Technique No. 3 the flat handle, we arrive at the last part of our mini serie ‘How to handle’. With all these techniques you should be able to tackle all those difficult patterns and of course you can use it to design your own bag! But let’s get back to the flat handle. This technique is a very simple but efficient way to make a strong handle. Follow these steps and you can cross the last technique of your learning list:
You can use a flat handle for several types of bags, such as totes, briefcases and on the newest box trend bags, as you can read here, for the fall and the winter of 2017. It is actually a very simple but classic handle. Although to make the handle strong it isn’t made of only one layer of leather but you fold the strap in three. In the end you can use for example a D-ring to attach it to the bag.
Step 1 – Folding the flat handle
Cut a strip three times the width of the desired strap. If you don’t want your handle to be three times the thickness you can also skive the two sides. Measure the 3 folds and optionally mark them so you know where to fold.
Once you’re ready. Fold the handle and hammer down the handle or use a flat nose plier to make sharp edges. Mark the stitching line and continue to the next step. If you have chosen to end the strap with a D-ring, don’t forget to skive the ends and place them between the folds.
Step 2- Stitching the flat handle
Punch the stitching holes through all layers, if your stitching iron isn’t large enough you can also pierce it with a stitching awl. Punch also the stitching holes for the end which could include four layers of leather.
Step 3 – Attach the flat handle
Once you have finished the stitching part it is time to finish the edges. Since handles will be used with our often dirty, oily hands (even if you think they are clean ;)…ehw), it is important to seal the edges very well. Thereafter the only thing left is to attach the handles to the bag for example with those D-ring mentioned above. Isn’t it simple!
If you have missed any technique don’t worry I have listed the rest below, including the inspirational post for even more awesome ideas for handles.
- Inspiration for handles
- Technique No. 1 Folded handle
- Technique No. 2 Round handle (which are actually already two techniques)
I hope you have enjoyed the mini series as much as I did! Isn’t it great to learn a bit or two….? I love to learn haha if you haven’t noticed yet. But besides these handle techniques there is much and much more to learn and if you have anything you want to know, let me know! I might even turn it into a second mini serie! Stay tuned because a new DIY and a new project is in the making.