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by killiecrankie ( edited 21 Aug 2016 ) 12 Aug 2016

I made these 2 bags two weeks ago & today I noticed that I had sew the handles on the wrong way.Would you use a bag with the handles like this or should I undo one side of each handle & sew it ,so it goes across the front of the bag & the other one goes across the back of the bag ? Your thoughts on this ,would be appreciated.



The flower bag is made from denim that is about 20yrs old & is thick.Photo 3 shows front pocket & design lines which have not shown up clearly.
Sorry about taking so long to add the photos but the camera battery was flat & in the draw where it was kept had ,black spots every where ,which turned out to be perished ear phone rubber .What a mess which had to be cleaned up.
Here are the photos of the bag handles fixed.The original ones reminded me of overall straps,I don't know what I was thinking at the time.
I saw some bags on the net that had buttons at the ends of the handles ,so I looked through my button stash & added some .

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by pldc 17 Aug 2016

sorry I hate to agree but I have done it & it doesn't carry well so I ripped them out & redid them & I'm sure I will make this mistake again! Your bags are lovely!~hugs~

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by toogie 16 Aug 2016

I was hoping for an updated photo. I have hated to rip out before, but was always pleased I did. I'm sorry if this was not what you wanted to hear, but like I said, we've all been there-lol

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killiecrankie by killiecrankie 17 Aug 2016

I have done it but have been too busy to take a photo.Will post one in a few days

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by noah 13 Aug 2016

Leave it why add more stress to a lovely sewed out project lol hugs

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by queenofhearts 12 Aug 2016

Before I started ripping I would put some items in the bag and see how it feels to carry it this way. If there is no problem then you have saved yourself some work. If it is not comfortable you can change it.

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killiecrankie by killiecrankie 13 Aug 2016

Thank you

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by dragonflyer 12 Aug 2016

Well...I think Cuties have spoken...start ripping!

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killiecrankie by killiecrankie 13 Aug 2016

Thank you.Ripped out.

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by sandralane 12 Aug 2016

I have nearly done this myself, but realised quickly it is to hard to carry like this. Unfortunately it should be changed. Sandra.

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killiecrankie by killiecrankie 13 Aug 2016

Thank you

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by airyfairy 12 Aug 2016

Lovely floral material. I would also unpick the handles

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killiecrankie by killiecrankie 13 Aug 2016

Thank you,the fabric was left over from recovering a beach umbrella last century

pldc by pldc 17 Aug 2016

what a clever way to reuse this fabric!!!

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by greysewist Moderator 12 Aug 2016

I bet you kicked yourself when you saw what you'd done! There are other ways of modifying the existing handles, though they'd end up a bit shorter. I'd probably just unpick as others have said.

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killiecrankie by killiecrankie 13 Aug 2016

Thank you, but it took me a long while to realize what I had done

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by carolpountney 12 Aug 2016

Yes change the handles, they will worry you if you dont and if you were like me you would not use the bag, much better to correct it love the bags and fabric

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killiecrankie by killiecrankie 13 Aug 2016

Thank you

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by pennifold 12 Aug 2016

Yes, I would undo the handles and have them both on the same side. It's easier to carry. Love Chris

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killiecrankie by killiecrankie 13 Aug 2016

Thank you ,I did undo them

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by toogie 12 Aug 2016

I'm sorry to give you more work, but if you can use your ripper well, then I would rip off only one on each side, then re-sew them each end on the same side.
If you put your arm through them like this, I'm afraid you wouldn't be able to carry much. We have all had to rip things, we'd rather not, whether it's sewing, crochet,etc. It won't take you long and you will be more satisfied, with a sense of pride.-Toogie

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mops by mops 12 Aug 2016

I agree. You only have to carefully rip one side of each handle, fortunately you did not stitch it in a seam, which would have meant more ripping and restitching.
Both are lovely!

killiecrankie by killiecrankie 13 Aug 2016

Thank you.I had no trouble ripping the stitches out but, I had either tripled or doubled stitched the handles down for added strength ,which made it a bit harder to rip out

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by lidiad 12 Aug 2016

I have seen lots of bags with the handles sewn outside and yours are perfect! I would leave them as they are. Love your bags, love the fabrics that you have used.
Hugs, Lidia

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crafter2243 by crafter2243 12 Aug 2016

I second that.

toogie by toogie 12 Aug 2016

I think you have misunderstood. She should have sewn each end, of the same strap, on the same side of the bag. If you slip your arm through how you normally tote a bag, the bag wouldn't touch you anywhere, except maybe your foot, when it fell. Otherwise, her sewing is very good.

killiecrankie by killiecrankie 13 Aug 2016

Thank you,I did undo one side of each handle & stitched it in the right place

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