How to Attach Cord Purse Handles

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How to Attach Cord Purse Handles
Use grommets and metal cuffs to attach a cord purse handle. (girl with purse image by Dmitri MIkitenko from

Attaching your own cord handles to a purse you just made allows you to decide the length of the handles and what hardware you would like to use for this process. The hardware can be functional as well as decorative. Metal grommets provide a way to attach your purse handle while preventing the purse fabric from fraying. Small metal cuffs hold the cord around the grommets and keep the handle cord strands from unwinding.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Grommets
  • Grommet plier tool
  • Scissors
  • 4 metal cuffs, 2 inches wide
  • Pliers or crimping tool

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  1. 1

    Measure how long you want your cord purse handles to be and add 4 inches. For example, if you want your handles to be 8 inches long, add 4 inches for a total of 12 inches. Measure out two 12-inch lengths of cord and cut them. Thread the cord through a grommet to ensure that it will fit, and then set the grommet and cords aside.

  2. 2

    Use a measuring tape to measure out where you want your handles to attach to your purse on each side, and mark these spots with a pencil. Set the head template on a plier tool to the punch template, and punch a hole near each corner on each side of the purse where you marked your measurements. Trim any rough hole edges with scissors.

  3. 3

    Turn the plier tool's template head to the grommet setting. Place the stem half of a grommet through the top of the first hole in the purse. Position the washer on the underside of the hole in the purse so that it overlaps the grommet stem.

  4. 4

    Slide the purse into the jaws of the plier tool so that the template head covers the top grommet, and the bottom of the plier tool is beneath the washer. Squeeze the plier tool handle to fix the grommet pieces in place. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 for the other three purse holes.

  5. 5

    Thread one cord through the two grommets on one side of the purse, threading from the underside of the grommet outward. Loop 2 inches of cord over each grommet, and place a metal cuff, opening side pointing inward, over the looped cord to secure it over the grommet top. Crimp the metal cuff shut with pliers or a crimping tool. Do the same for the other side of the purse.

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