How to Sew a Simple Bag Strap Without Interfacing

This is a super quick way to make bag handles without using interfacing.

Cut a piece of fabric the required length by 4″ wide. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and press with an iron. Make the crease nice and sharp. Open it out and then fold in each side so that the raw edges meet in the center. Press with an iron.

How to Make a Simple Tote Bag in Thirty Minutes

Fold in half again so that the folded edges align. The handles should be 1″ wide with four layers of fabric.

How to Make a Simple Tote Bag in Thirty Minutes

Sew a row of top stitching close the edge on either side. Press. Cut the strap in half so you have two pieces approximately 22″ long. Easy, wasn’t it?

~Tip~
When sewing rows of top stitching, increase the stitch length slightly to about 3.0 as this gives a nicer stitched finish. After top stitching, press with an iron to set the stitches.

How to Make a Simple Tote Bag in Thirty Minutes

~Tip~
To sew perfectly straight lines of top stitch, use a stitch-in-the-ditch sewing machine foot which has a metal guide in the center. Align the guide with the edge of the fabric and nudge the sewing needle over to the left. Perfectly straight top stitching every time!

How to Make a Simple Tote Bag in Thirty Minutes

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