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Thread: handles on shoulder bags

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    handles on shoulder bags

    Hello..I am looking for instructions on how to put the handles on the sides of a shoulder bag that has a straight top zipper, not a curved one. I usually make my handbags with one handle on the front and one on the back of the bag, but want to try something different with the handles on the sides. I found one video which is really good, but when I sewed it together the raw edges of the D-ring straps show on the inside of the bag, unless they aren't suppose to and I am just misunderstanding the instructions. I think I would do like my other straps and put them in between the liner and the outside fabric, but can't figure out how I would sew them to look right since the zipper is there too. Thanks so much!
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    Sew a piece of the strapping below the end of the zip on both sides as you would fasten a normal strap. Leave one long edge going upwards need about , mine was 6inches ,yours will depend on your bag. Make it longer than you need as you can cut down put hard to add on. This is where I would put my Dring and you can decided where you want it. Make sure the ring is big enough for the strap. I make my strap width of the straight section. Look at a long handle on a purchased bag and copy . You could do it double and put one of those squeeze and slide things or make so you can adjust length .
    Those extra sections make it easier to keep out of the way of zip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DOTTYMO View Post
    Sew a piece of the strapping below the end of the zip on both sides as you would fasten a normal strap. Leave one long edge going upwards need about , mine was 6inches ,yours will depend on your bag. Make it longer than you need as you can cut down put hard to add on. This is where I would put my Dring and you can decided where you want it. Make sure the ring is big enough for the strap. I make my strap width of the straight section. Look at a long handle on a purchased bag and copy . You could do it double and put one of those squeeze and slide things or make so you can adjust length .
    Those extra sections make it easier to keep out of the way of zip.
    Thank you very much! This is very helpful, placement of the strapping would be something like when putting a small hand strap on the side.
    Last edited by BirdyFeathers; 07-07-2013 at 09:01 PM.

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