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Below are some excerpts for you from Sew Serendipity Bags! Kay shows how to make handles, how to install a double loop slider, and how to install grommets!
Place two strips right sides together and stitch down one of the long sides with a 1⁄2″seam allowance. Press the seam open.
Fold in one of the outer raw edges so that it just touches the raw edge of the seam allowance and press.
Repeat for the other outer raw edge.
Fold the handle strip in half along the seam, with wrong sides together, and press.
Edgestitch down the long open side of the handle, then down the long finished edge. To edgestitch, begin at one end and follow the finished edge all the way around a piece. I like to stay within 1⁄16″ to 1⁄8″ away from the edge for this stitching.
Topstitch each side. To topstitch, begin again at the same end where the edgestitching started, only this time, complete the stitching approximately 1⁄4″ in from the previous stitching line. Notice how I use the outer edge of my machine foot to gauge the distance evenly all the way around the piece.
Pull up some slack in the handle portion that feeds through the slider. Slip the end of this handle under the slack, and next to the middle bar of the slider.
Feed the end over the middle bar, keeping it under the slack.
Fold over the end of the handle 1⁄2″ and place that end as close as possible to the slider while still being able to machine-stitch to secure it.
Stitch across the handle end. Repeat for added durability.
To install a grommet, place the front portion onto the piece, following the placement in the project instructions. Use a temporary marking pencil to trace the inside of the circle.
2 Start the opening with an awl.
Enlarge the opening with a sharp pair of scissors.
Place the front portion of the grommet in the opening with the back portion on the
Use grommet pliers to attach the pieces around each other and secure to both sides of the fabric.