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Make your own leather-look handbag straps

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This is the ULTIMATE tutorial for how to make your own faux leather handbag straps and handles.  No thick layers, no raw edges - just perfect (and cheap) bag handles you make yourself.

There’s no doubt that adding the nicest straps, handles and hardware to your bags can really take your creations from home-made to the best hand-made designer look. But buying leather and leather-look straps and handles can be really expensive.

Luckily, there is an alternative. If you shop carefully for some nice vinyl you can quite easily create your own great looking handles. And you can get a LOT of straps and handles from a single yard of vinyl.

Pop on over to see this fabulous tutorial from Janelle on how to create professional looking faux-leather straps and handles, all with hidden edges and without super-thick seams to sew through.

When you are feeling inspired, do come back and check out these links to some of our recommended resources for where you can buy excellent vinyl and faux-leather fabrics online to really make your bags stand out from the crowd.


Examples of faux leather from
Examples of faux leather from


Examples of faux leathers from Online Fabric Store.
Examples of faux leathers from Online Fabric Store.

Learn how to sew your own faux leather handles

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