Monday, 1 April 2013

More Ecoshoppers

Alternative way to attach bag handle

Previously when attaching the webbing strap to the finished bag I have made the hole through the lining, bag and strap using a thin knitting needle and wiggling it around until the hole is large enough to accommodate the shank of the hammer-on button. 
However, this method was very awkward and always resulted in the edges of the webbing becoming drawn in at the point of the buttonhole. I needed to find a more efficient method of making these buttonholes.
Previously - showing edges of webbing drawn in at point of buttonhole
My first thought was to use a leather punch to make the holes but the edges of the holes became frayed and untidy. They needed to be sealed in some way. My next attempt, with the help of a willing assistant, was to make the holes in the webbing strap by heating a cross-head screwdriver of the correct diameter over the gas hob and pushing it through the strap at the appropriate point. The screwdriver had to be twisted whilst pushing it through to prevent it from sticking to the melted nylon material and great care had to taken of nearby fingers and furniture to avoid damage to either!
However, this method produced a great result. A neat and sealed hole in the bag strap through which to put the shank of the hammer-on button.
New Method - Neatly sealed hole through which to insert shank of hammer-on button
When the button is attached to fix strap, bag and liner together the webbing is no longer pulled in at the edges where the button passes through. This method produces a much tidier finish.

Button attached using new method. Webbing is no longer drawn in at edges at point of buttonhole.

Finished Bag

Made from recycled black bin liners. This gives a very different effect from previous bags I have made using white and/or multi coloured plastic bags.





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