Rope Handbag

Here’s a quick tutorial for a handbag with rope handles. I’ve pretty much been making the same summer bag for the past couple of years (see here and here).

Long story, but I bought some heavy-duty cotton rope to use for chair seats, then decided to go with wooden seats for the chairs since we have kids standing and spilling on the chairs. So I will be doing a lot of rope projects! This rope is a bit sturdier than the rope trim that you can find in the sewing store, but I think that will do just fine for this project. You could also use bamboo handles as I’ve done in the past, following the same instructions. I secured the rope handles by sewing them and then holding them together with hidden masking tape, but I think it would be a nice detail if you used metal clamps from the hardware store — and perhaps a bit more professional!

The fabric is by Nani Iro from Matatabi.

Click on the image below to download the instructions.


Sewing: Clothing & Accessories


Rail-Fence-Tote1 Rail Fence Tote.

 Pintuck Clutch.

pleated-tote-bag Pleated Tote.

 Market Tote.

 Lunch Sack.

Rope Handbag.

Reusable Gift Bag.

boat-tote-image1 Boat Tote.


little-house-pouch Little House Pouch from The Long Thread.


reversible-headband Reversible Headbands.

 Flower Hair Clips.

Top 100 Tutorials of 2011

There was lots going on in the craft world this year. So much that I can hardly keep up anymore, but I’ve tried to round up 100 of  my favorite craft and sewing tutorials of the year from around the internet. In the sewing category, I’ve included the free projects available from my book 1, 2, 3 Sew. Looks like I actually have a few more than 100 projects listed here. Go make some stuff this year! The projects pictured above are marked with an asterisk.


Sewing Projects


Paper Crafts


Be sure to check out my tutorial round-ups from 2010, 2009 and 2008.