Create handle tabs
To create these tiny handle tabs, fold under the short ends on the top handle tabs (G) 1/4” (6mm) and press into place. Fold the tabs in half, short ends together and stitch along the two edges with a 1/4” (6mm) seam allowance. Turn the tabs right side out and press well. Place to a side for the moment.
Good! Now on to the handles!
Before starting the handles, my tip is to give your pieces a generous spritz of spray starch and wait a few minutes for it to sink in. This will make life so much easier and your creases crisper!
Fold one of the top handle pieces (K) into half lengthwise and press into place. Unfold. Fold the bottom and top raw edges to meet at the centre crease line. Press into place.
Fold the handle in half again encasing the raw edges and top stitch along each long edge with a 1/8” (3mm) seam.
Create the back strap support
Sew the back strapsFold the back straps (I) into half lengthwise and press into place. Unfold. Fold the bottom and top raw edges to meet at the centre crease line. Give it a good press. Next, fold the back strap (I) in half, back on itself, along the centre crease.
Now to the tricky bit!
connectors (J), fold over 1” (2.5cm) and stitch to secure in place. Repeat for the second back strap connector. You may find it easier to stitch this with your zipper foot.
Next, thread one end of a back strap (I) 1” (2.5cm) through the triglide buckle and stitch to secure.
Thread the loose end of the back strap (I) through the rectangular ring on the strap connector (J). If the rectangular ring has a right side, it should be facing up.
Thread the back strap piece (I) back through the triglide buckle over the existing strap and out the other end.
Check if your buckles are correctly placed!
For more detailed instructions please see my tutorial on how to make adjustable straps.