my dress I decided it was the perfect time to start. It was one of those moments when I asked myself 'what have you been waiting for?' It is quick and easy to stitch up and the results are both pretty and useful.
To make your own you will need:
1/2 metre of fabric
Broidery anglais for decoration (optional)
Sewing machine and thread
Cut your fabric into 2 large rectangles that are a few inches wider and taller than you would like your finished bag to be, and two longer thinner rectangles that will become the straps. The strap rectangles will need to be the length you want your finished handles to be and about an inch wider than twice the finished width of your handles.
Note that my finished handles were half this long as I decided what is shown in the photo was too long.
Then if you want to decorate your bags at all you need to stitch on any embellishments, I sewed on two length of broidery anglais.
Then sew a diagonal along the corner so that your pinched corners make a bag shape.
To make your handles, fold the long rectangles in half lengthways with right sides together. Stitch all the way along the long side. Then turn your handle right sides out and press. Turn the ends in and press again. Finally pin your handles in place and sew to the bag with a square of stitching and a diagonal line.