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How to Sew On Leather Handles

Handles are attached to the front of the bag with a double cross stitch. The wooden anchor buttons are sewn on the inside of the bag to distribute the stress of the stitching on the fabric of the bag and reduce the chance of the stitches ripping through the bag.

Thread the waxed linen through a large eyed tapestry needle. Locate the handle on the bag where you want it to be. Start with the top set of 4 holes. Stitch the first button on as pictured below. Do not cut off threads between attachments on the same handle end, rather run the thread in the fabric of the bag or under the handle down to the second set of 4 holes and repeat the attachment process. When you have completed sewing both attachments, run the thread between the handle and the bag horizontally and vertically through the stiches. Cut the thread, no knots are needed.

Anchor the Wax Linen by making two small stitches in the Front of the Bag.
 
Come up through the top set of button holes through the Leather Handle. Pass diagonally and down bringing the needle through the handle, the bag and the button.
 
Come out the button and go sideways down to another button hole. Pass up through the button, the bag and the handle.
Come up through the handle and pass diagonally making a cross stitch. Bring the needle down through the handle, the bag and the button again.
 
Come through the button go down through the holes on the other side of button. Go back through the bag to the handle.
 
Start a double cross stitch by retracing the first pass of the thread. Bring the needle down through the handle, the bag and the button again.
Come up through the button. Stitch a bar through the two top holes. Pass up through the button, the bag and the handle.
 
On the final pass of the cross stitch, weave the tip of the needle over and under the two threads of the other diagonal. Bring the needle down through the handle, the bag and the button again.
 
Stitch the last bar on the button. Pass the needle out between the bag and the button.

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