Tuesday, March 02, 2010

So Tell Me...

Just how cute are these handles? Nireko brought them back for me from Japan and I love them. And how perfect are they with my favorite fabric? Uh, super perfect I think. Which leads me to this question.. if you're shopping for purse patterns, do specialty handles put you off? I know a lot of quilt shops don't carry them, but they are available on line. My purse patterns use fabric handles but sometimes I'd like to branch out a little. And you know, with these handles you can see why!
So I would love to know what you think peeps. Your opinions are important to me!


Blogger Sue H said...

Those handles are just the cutest, and will make your bag special. I like variety in my handles, as long as they are comfortable (not just cute) on the arm. Those look like winners!

6:09 AM  
Blogger Pat / Silver Thimble Quilt Co. said...

OK so where do I get those cutie pie handles?

Tried to google cute purse handles..teehee


6:13 AM  
Blogger Suburban Stitcher said...

Those are awesome! Yay for red and white polka dots ;)

6:38 AM  
Blogger Suburban Stitcher said...

leaving another comment just to let people know that I just found them on etsy...lots of wonderful colors...

6:56 AM  
Blogger Rae Ann said...

Those purse handles are about the cutest thing I have ever seen. Lots of posibilities!

7:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sooo jealous of your new handles!! I like using specialty handles but nix nix on the beaded ones, they role right off your shoulder. Once you use specialty, you get hooked. Hunting for new ones is half the fun!

8:02 AM  
Blogger Tabitha said...

Ditto that, specialty handles make some bags just that much more awesome...I agree on the beaded ones although I am not opposed to some beaded bling dangling (oMG did I say bling? don't let my pre-teen see lol)

8:06 AM  
Blogger Penne said...

Those handles are so cute.....did someone say they are on Esty? If so where?

Love them with you fabric.....

8:17 AM  
Blogger mascanlon said...

Oh my gosh, I love those handles. I would but them in a minute if I knew where! I do use some specialty handles on my bags Pam. Sometimes they are just the final crowning glory...or antique buttons as bl...g! LOL

8:21 AM  
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8:38 AM  
Blogger Sharon S said...

Those handles are the best! I like specialty handles sometimes. Give the bag & it's wearer more sass!

9:01 AM  
Blogger Jen in NY said...

Nicest fabric-handle combination...EVER! Something that darling would never turn me off to a pattern...in fact it would MAKE me buy it!

10:05 AM  
Blogger Cara said...

Oh those are to die for!!! I don't think specialty handles turn me off- I actually like the sturdiness of using them- so I say use them in your patterns, maybe just reference where we can get them!
Can't wait to see what with that gorgeous fabric and those adorable handles!

10:30 AM  
Anonymous happy zombie said...

That is THE most cutest pairing ever!

I would have to have THAT fabric and THOSE handles in my hot little hands in order to make opinion.

I like making a bag start to finish using just fabric and what I can make within my four walls of sewing room chaos. BUT... with handles like these... I want to make purses with handles. If shops started carrying cute stuff like those handles... YES I would buy them and use them.

10:35 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Those are the cutest specialty handles I have ever seen!

11:23 AM  
Blogger Nanette Merrill said...

I think listing specialty handles as an option is great. And also listing sources where they can be found. Those handles are smashing with that fabric. Sewing those on are a bit tricky, I've done it a time or two, but who could resist them!?

12:10 PM  
Blogger Nanette Merrill said...


12:13 PM  
Blogger 9patchnurse said...

Ooooo, you are a tease!! I would totally buy handles like that if I ever saw them. Where are specialty handles? I'm not always crazy about fabric handles.

1:06 PM  
Anonymous blop said...

I would definitely buy those handles! That is such a cute pairing, I love them.
Only problem, I haven't ever sewn those handles...are they easy or challenging??

1:35 PM  
Blogger Vickie E said...

those purse handles rock!

1:49 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

These purse handles are the cutest ever! Love them! Handles don't put me off from buying a pattern...as long as I have an on-line source!

1:57 PM  
Blogger CuteStuffInside said...

I've got to have a pair (maybe several) of those handles. Do you know if they're available on line?


P.S. - I'm serious - I've really got to have those!

2:22 PM  
Blogger life in red shoes said...

OK, for those handles I would do just about anything. I have used cloth, but these take the cake!
How do you "install" them?

4:13 PM  
Blogger Dandelion Quilts said...

First off, those handles are ridiculously cute. So cute. Then onto your question, I make a lot of bags. I buy a lot of patterns for purses and totes. Except in my earliest sewing days which did not turn out well, I have only purchased 1 with specialty handles and I have never made them. I think it is because on a whim, I cannot just start sewing the thing with stash...I have to plan ahead. And most of the time, I get the itch for a new purse "in the moment". I hope that makes sense. Mostly I like to make my own, I guess....then I can play with the length, etc. But what would be cool is if a pattern had a choice of making handles or using pre-made...a girl likes choices.

4:52 PM  
Blogger ferne said...

If handles like that were easier to find I would use them. That is a great combo!

4:57 PM  
Blogger Ina said...

Pam, where do you buy yours online? I found a place in New Jersey but I wasn't thrilled with them.

And yes, I would love to have polka dots on my sewing bag! ;0

5:34 PM  
Blogger Thimbleanna said...

Bring on the polkie handles! Plain specialty handles don't do anything for me, but those polkies are amazing!

6:52 PM  
Blogger Kathi D said...

Oh, bring on the specialty handles, sister! I am ALL ABOUT THE SPECIALTY HANDLES.

Now, about those red polka-dot ones. I don't have any red polka-dot ones, and I just want to know one thing. When are you leaving your house next, and how long will you be gone?

By the way, did you know that polka dots are a specific (oh, never mind!). :)

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Miss Sherry said...

I COVET those handles, no seriously, it is something I need to confess!

8:10 PM  
Blogger Jan said...

OMG!! I purchased those exact handles (and a black polka dot set) at the Tokyo show and had forgotten all about them. Where'd I put them?!!
This type of specialty handle is hugely popular in Japan right now. There were many vendors who carried them at the Festival.

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those are seriously cute handles, but I would just buy them to look at them. I don't buy patterns calling for pre-made handles. I don't care for the hard ones. The stars (and the fabrics) would have to align for me to use them.
Leslie S. in MN

9:22 PM  
Blogger karen @ badlandsquilts said...

Oh those are just fab! No speciality handles wouldn't put me off... while there is an extra cost, sometimes when I get to the tedius handle turning I would be happy to have a ready made handle to use plus the nice rolled ones are far more comfortable than most fabric handles.

10:49 PM  
Blogger Minick and Simpson said...

Thanks Nannette for the link. Why don't I have a picture of the handles on your blog??? :(

Once I found them, yes they are adorable!


5:32 AM  
Anonymous randi said...

oh. my. gosh. those are simply adorable!

5:47 AM  
Anonymous Diane said...

Yes, specialty handles can and do "make" a bag! Found a pair of lime green Lucite handles at a fabric shop in NYC and just had to buy lime green fabric to make a tote bag. Oh, I had to buy the lining and some thread and then I saw some more fabric and pink handles..... you know how it goes!

6:12 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Once again you out did yourself with those cute handles. Please put a link or carry the handles so we can easily obtain them. They will of course make the purse a must have. Way to go Pam!!!
Nancy in AZ

7:45 AM  
Blogger Kathi D said...

I have been hoarding some really cute plastic handles from The Cotton Ball that I have never been able to find in the same colors anywhere else (including there!). So design me up sumpin for those, please?

8:46 AM  
Blogger Polly said...

Love, love LOVE those handles.... can your friend tell us how to get them, too? Somewhere online???? Ineedagottahavethem! Polly :-)

8:50 AM  
Blogger Peggy said...

Those are awesome handles and perfect for that fabric. I don't mind if speciality handles are used on a bag as long as a source is given. Have fun making that bag - and may the sun shine!

1:50 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Fabulous purse handles. Will look for them online!

2:03 PM  
Anonymous Sandy said...

Those handles are adorable. Do tell, where online are they?

4:40 PM  
Blogger Mimi said...

If I saw those red/white polka dot handles, I would be buying them and then looking for fabric and a pattern. Love them!!!

6:58 PM  
Anonymous ozjane said...

I like variety in my handles, make some but have a collection which I add to when I see them in stores, at shows or online.
Those are super cute.

5:29 PM  
Blogger gloria g. said...

O M G, who wouldn't love red handles with DOTS!!!!! Where can inquiring minds find those?

6:18 PM  
Anonymous Millerktbo said...

Oh those are to die for!!! I don't think specialty handles turn me off- I actually like the sturdiness of using them- so I say use them in your patterns, maybe just reference where we can get them! Can't wait to see what with that gorgeous fabric and those adorable handles!

12:12 AM  

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