I wrote the other day about how to attach invisible magnetic snaps which are a great closure for purses, bags and other items where either you don’t want the closure to be apparent or that have no obvious closure flaps.
For that particular project, which was a bag, I couldn’t find any handles that I liked, so I made some beaded handles using some lovely glass beads that I had recently picked up at the craft store, and some machine wrapped cording. Making the handles this way allowed me to color coordinate, and the beads also add a little sparkle to the finished bag.
I first made two lengths of machine wrapped cording slightly longer than the length I needed for the handles. You can find instructions on how to make machine wrapped cording here.
Then I threaded some glass beaded onto a strand of craft wire the same length as the cording. I made four of these.
I took two strands of wired beads and one strand of cording …
… and twisted them tightly.
The wire helped to keep the twist shape and the colors coordinated beautifully. I then added a few stitches at the end of each of the handles to secure them in place. It took no more than half an hour to make the handles and they look just great!