What you need1/2 inch Craft Tubing (mine was "paper" substance, wrapped in twine)18 inches for each handle. I made a purse out of "Flag" fabric, lined in Red Fabric, with an inside pocket, and closure with a snap, that I applied on the lining.
1. I had “Flag” fabric left over, and couldn’t find handles that matched red, white, or blue…so with the 45″ part of the left over, I ripped 4 stripes in 2 1/2 inches, sewing 2 together (right sides together) sewing one end closed, so it could be turned.
2. After I got it turned, and lightly pressed, (the tube now measured 1 1/2 inches wide) I used a large safety pin to thread it through the tube, after getting the one end close to the end of the 18″ I put a safety pin through the fabric and the end, so the end wouldn’t be “lost”.
3. The tube measured approx 80″, so as I worked the pin down through the tube, I kept pushing the gathers down toward the end of the 18 inch (with the safety pin through the tube) when I got to the “sewn shut” end, I sniped the sealed end off.
4. I kept both ends of the tubing exposed, and overlapped them and “zig-zag-ed” the end together, making two HANDLES, now I put one side of fabric over the other and zip-zaged them again.
5. I adjusted the gathers so both handles looked even. Then I followed the directions in Butterick No.4088,view F, for attached ‘store-bought’ Handles.
6. The handles go over the shoulder, and the body of the purse fits well under the arm.
7. I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS REALLY WORKED, I DON’T THINK I’LL EVER BUY ‘STOR BOUGHT’ HANDLES AGAIN. THE PURSE IS FOR MY DAUGHTER-IN-LAW, THAT LIVES IN LIVINGSTON, MONTANA, I LIVE IN BILLINGS, MT, 139 MILES FROM LIVINSTON.