Leather Handles (1″-wide)


A full restock will be October 19th. Thanks for your patience!

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.

* 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.