Hobo Tote Skinny Handle Upgrade

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Hobo Tote Skinny Handle Upgrade

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DoubleHandleUpgrade NancyZiemanEnjoy the style of narrow straps with the benefit of being durable. The bag is created with the Trace ‘n Create Hobo Tote Template with an upgrade of double handles. Here are the simple steps to create these go-to handbag handles.

Extra Supplies:

  • One package 1″ Create-a-Strap instead of one package of 5/8″ Create-a-Strap.

Create A Strap

Double Handle Instructions:

Follow the instructions within the packaging of the Trace ‘n Create Hobo Tote Template, including these modifications for the handles.

  • Cut two, 2″ x 40″ crosswise strips of fabric for the handles.
  • Fuse the Create-a-Strap to the wrong side.
  • Fold and press along the lengthwise perforations.
  • Press a second time, meeting wrong sides and folded edges. The 1″ strap will now be 1/2″ in width.
  • Pin or clip the folded edges.

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  • Edgestitch the folded edges, starting 3” from the beginning and leaving 3” at the end.

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  • Insert the straps through the D-rings. Do not twist the straps.

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  • Unfold the short ends, align right sides, and stitch short ends of each strap with a 1/4″ seam, making a continuous loop. Press the seam open.

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  •  In the unsewn area, refold along the perforations, fold a second time, and edgestitch the folded edges. 

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  • Insert the D-rings through the strap connectors, which are sewn to the bag.
  • Align the double layers of each handle. Pin or clip above the D-Ring.

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  • Move the needle position to the left.
  • Stitch through both layers above the D-Ring.

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  • Mark the center of each double strap.
  • Place double straps on the end of an ironing board. Pin layers together 1-1/2″ on each side of the center mark.
  • Stitch double straps together in this 3″ area to keep the handles from separating.

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  • Robyn
    May 9, 2015

    Nancy, again you make things look so easy and give us the courage to try things!

  • Connie W
    May 9, 2015

    How clever. Once again, I learned something new. Thanks Nancy,

  • Gail Beam
    May 9, 2015

    Really neat tote and you make it look so easy with your easy instructions and great photos.

  • Starla
    May 9, 2015

    The skinny double handles look very neat.

  • Diana G
    May 9, 2015

    That looks absolutely awesome .. Thanks for sharing

    Prayers for your health !

  • Sandy White
    May 9, 2015

    I enjoy your teaching videos so very much, and I love the narrower purse handles.
    Thank you for all you do for us women.

  • Barbara Palmatier
    May 10, 2015

    I am making a couple of purses lately and I planned to put that plastic stiffener in the bottom but the sides are sewn together first. I thought oh now I can’t sew in the plastic in the bottom. Watching your show on this bag reminded me about the seperate plastic covered ”hidden pocket” you featured on one of your shows. How you could make it to hide goodies in the bottom and snap it shut. Thanks for making me remember that. I thought it was a good idea at the time. Worth mentioning again. You come with some great ideas. This purse looks like fun.

  • emily bennette
    February 25, 2016

    Sewing your own handbag seems like it would be a really fun thing to do. However, if you don’t have the right equipment it could be a very difficult thing to do right. If you want to make this a hobby or even a profession, it might be a good idea to look into getting the proper equipment.

  • carole shellman
    January 20, 2018

    Regarding a comment from ‘barbara palmetier may 10,2015’, would it be possible to access that particular show for separate plastic hidden pocket for a purse. Thank you, Blessings to the staff and Zieman family. Carole Shellman

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