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09-09-2007, 02:54 PM
I felted a purse but I don't like the handle. (Haven't attached it yet.) Would grosgrain ribbon make a strong enough handle? Maybe if I doubled it...?
FYI I tend to weigh my purses down with stuff. Where the handle attaches to the purse is usually the first place to break. :-x
I have yet to find any wooden handles I actually like. The purse is about 12" W x 8" H - a small messenger bag.
TIA :cheering:

Jan in CA
09-09-2007, 04:15 PM
IMO ribbon would be strong enough. :shrug: Here's a link to purse handles. More than I've ever seen before..so maybe you can find one?

09-09-2007, 08:48 PM
I'm not one for felted handles because the wool makes me itch on my shoulder (I swear I can feel it though my clothes!). For my first booga bag (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v108/Brandilyne/toteboogabagfinished.jpg), I bought some leather cording and sort of braided it together to make long straps. I got it at Hobby Lobby and I want to say it was $7.99 for the whole roll of it and I got it for 40% off when their leather goods were on sale, which is often!

I'm working on another different felted bag now and lucked into a very cool long wide embroidered suede belt at the thrift store for $2! I've also picked up a couple purses for $1.49 each and plan on relieving them of their handles so I can use them for a felted bag :mrgreen: You might take a look at some goodwill and thrift shops in your area and get lucky too! Hope that helps!

09-09-2007, 09:17 PM
Brandilyne - Braided leather would look so cool! I never even thought of doing that.
Jan in Ca - Awesome website!