Leather Handles (1″-wide)


Love leather? These durable 1″-wide leather handles are perfect for using with my Caravan Tote sewing pattern and Wool + Wax Tote pattern as well as any other sewing project where you need handles!

  • You will receive two 1″-wide handles, both are cut to the length selected below (choose 16″ or 28″ lengths – Natural color also comes in a 25″ length).
  • Included is a small scrap of leather for test sewing.

See Description below for choosing colors, tips on sewing with leather, and additional information.

Medium Brown
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Choosing colors:

  • Medium Brown, black, and cinnamon (current cinnamon is a new updated color, it won’t match previous cinnamon purchases prior to Nov. 23, 2017) colors are a 3-4 oz. weight leather, most* home sewing machines should be able to sew through the leather.
  • Natural color is a 5-6 oz. weight leather, some (but not all) home sewing machines should be able to sew through the leather. This vegetable tanned leather will darken to a beautiful amber color over time with exposure to sunlight and general use. Handle sides have been beveled and lightly hand-burnished for durability and longevity and a light coat of oil has been applied. Because all edges are finished, the natural color comes in 16″, 25″, and 28″ lengths.

Sewing with leather handles:

  • I advise using a leather needle or topstitching needle of a size 14 or 16 and polyester thread for sewing the leather into a seam. Using a heavy weight thread (such as Coats & Clark Dual Duty Heavy) in the needle (and all-purpose polyester thread in the bobbin) is a great option for machine sewing handles directly to the exterior of projects.
  • Handles can be hand-sewn to projects using waxed linen or waxed polyester thread (or other heavy weight thread) for durability. Pre-punch holes with an awl or leather hole punch.
  • Handles can also be attached to projects by using rivets. Check out my tutorial for setting rivets.

Leather is sourced from a US tannery and hand cut by me. Please be aware that colors do vary from monitor to monitor, I have tried my best to accurately capture the leather’s true color. Leather is a natural product, minute blemishes may be present. Great care has gone into creating a beautiful handle that will stand the test of time. This leather is cut from a single cow hide, the top side is finished, and the back side is gum pasted at the tannery for longevity and durability. If you have any questions about these handles, please contact me prior to ordering!

* I cannot guarantee that your specific sewing machine will be able to sew through either handle type.

Handles are shipped USPS First Class. Please contact me if you require a different shipping method.

More projects using leather handles can be found in my book, Handmade Style (the Zip Top Tote and Market Bag both use 1″-wide handles). The Wool + Wax Tote pattern also uses these handles.

Additional information

Additional information

Weight 4 oz

Black, Cinnamon, Medium Brown, Natural


16", 25", 28"

Shipping & Delivery

All prices are USD.

  • Shipping on leather handles and hardware kits via USPS First Class mail.
  • PDFs are delivered automatically to the email address you enter at checkout.
  • Handmade Style book ships free via USPS Media mail. Making Magazine ships USPS First Class mail.