Mini Fabric Bags with Button Handles

By  Melony Miller Bradley 

sizes: 4-1/2"x7-1/4", 4"x8" (with handles)

  • Mini Fabric Bags with Button Handles


  • Colorful fabric strips, 1-1/2”x12”, 12
  • Wire, 18-gauge, 10” length
  • Buttons Galore & More Sunshine Yellow Hand-Dyed Buttons; Color Blend Buttons: Blue, White, Natural
  • Buttons Galore & More Medium Squares Blank Craft Shapes
  • Natural hemp twine, 6” length


  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Rubber stamps of choice
  • Heat tool
  • Wire cutters
  • Heavy-duty hole punch
  • Pigment inks: orange, black
  • Beacon Adhesives Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

  • rotary cutter and mat, iron and pressing surface, scissors, straight pins
  • 1. Layer two strips of fabric together slightly overlapping long edges; pin. Machine-sew strips together. Continue in same manner until 11 or 12 strips are joined. (Note: Designer used various stitches available on sewing machine and free form stitches on plain strips. Designer used a knife-pleated strip of fabric for top strip.)
  • 2. Once strips are joined, use black ink and stamps to stamp across plain strips. Heat set ink with iron.
  • 3. Use rotary cutter and mat to cut two 6"x7-1/2" pieces from sewn strips for front and back pieces of tote. Place right sides together and machine-sew left, bottom, and right sides using 1/2" seam allowance. Steam seams open and turn tote inside out. Press gently with iron.
  • 4. Embellish font of tote with buttons using glue. Let dry.
  • 5. For handle, cut 10" wire length using wire cutters. Thread buttons on wire. Bend one end of wire to keep buttons from slipping off. Punch holes in sides of tote, through fabric layers, using heavy-duty hole punch. Insert one end of wire into hole; curl ends to secure. Repeat for opposite end of handle.
  • 6. Ink square craft shape orange; heat set. Repeat on back side. Stamp motif with black ink. Let dry. Tie square onto handle using hemp twine.
  • Tip
  • 1. Experiment with longer fabric strips to make a great carry-all tote for the park, beach, or grocery store.