Yesterday was a busy day bag making, and while I was in the process of making the handles I made a discovery. Now this may not be new to you, and it's not rocket science but it was like a light bulb went off in my head. So I thought I'd share it with you all today.
You know how some handle directions tell you to make a tube, press the seam open, and turn right side out and press so that the seams runs down the middle? The majority of times, you'll have interfacing attached to the handle, which makes the process a little tricky to say the least. Plus you end up with press marks where you don't want them that are difficult to remove and crinkly interfacing from over pressing.
So my light bulb moment, I was on to number 10 handle when I glanced away from the ironing board and saw my broom, (don't ask, that's an entirely different story). So I decided to insert the broom handle into my handle tube and press the seam open. Voila no pressed creases where I didn't want them and a nice seam pressed open, and no burnt finger tips. This sent me into the shed and I found an old mop that I no longer use. Remove all the hardware from it and I have a terrific rod for handle pressing. I don't suggest that you use a plastic handle, unless you want to spend hours removing plastic from your bag handle. A short piece of dowel would also work just as well, but if you don't have anything else on hand a broom handle will do the trick.
I'll hopefully be back tomorrow with the promised reveal of the sneak peek.