Tips & techniques for adding handles to various accessories.
Isn’t it great discovering items that can help you elevate your DIY creations? New Dritz Home faux leather handles are just that – thoughtful components that you can add to all kinds of accessories. Whether you want to add functioning handles to a box or drawer, or an eclectic decorator detail to a basket or tray, these faux handles fit the bill. Check out our tips and techniques for installing them – it’s easy!
- Faux leather handle set (there are several styles to choose from)
- Marking pen or pencil of your choice
- Fray Check® liquid seam sealant
Additionally, you need the project (basket, box, etc.) or surface that you will be applying the handles to. Interfacing is an optional item, depending upon your project/surface.
The new Dritz Home faux leather handle sets each come with a handle, 2 washers, and 2 Chicago screws. A Chicago screw is a semi-permanent threaded fastener. It consists of a screw post with internal threads and a threaded screw cap.
The handles come in a variety of styles and colors to complement current home decorating trends. The short handles are 5.5” long and the long handles are 10” long.
For any installation, your material must be ¼” to 3/8” thick to use the short Chicago screws that come with each handle. Use foam interfacing, fleece interfacing, or batting to add thickness when necessary. Note that the interfacing can be used to give the entire project body (as with these fabric boxes), or just behind the Chicago screws (see tip below).
The faux leather handles can be used as a decorative touch to add interest and texture. In some cases, they add function as well (for example: to pull boxes or baskets in and out of a shelf or a cubby, or when applied to functioning drawers).
To install a handle on fabric: determine placement and mark position of screws.
Tip: Be sure there is enough arch in handle position to allow handle to be grasped easily. Usually ¼” to ½” shorter than space between handle holes is enough.
Pierce through all layers of fabric with an awl to make a hole.
Make a few small snips in all fabric layers around hole to make it large enough for the Chicago screw post.
Apply Fray Check to edge of holes to prevent unraveling and fraying.
Insert screw post into handle and then through cut opening from right to wrong side.
Place nylon washer onto screw post.
Attach screw cap.
Get creative with your placement of the handles – they can be placed vertically or horizontally, or looped over the project as shown. Handle placement will depend on how you will use or display your project.
Tip: If you are adding a handle, but don’t want the stiffness that can come with interfacing, just use a small piece of thick interfacing behind the Chicago screw (this is the inside of the round floor cushion).
Also remember that when adding a handle to a cushion or pillow without a zippered opening, you will need to install the handle before stitching together or filling the cushion.
Baskets can be transformed with faux leather handles. This was a plain straw basket – a little spray paint, plus the faux patent leather handles now give it a unique, decorator look.
We hope you’re inspired to get creative with these faux leather handles. They truly do give DIY enthusiasts a way to take projects up a notch. Check out all of the new Dritz Home items and plan your next makeover – you’ve got a lot of creative options!