I recently finished a darling crochet bag (pattern will be in a future post), and even took my time with the lining and pockets. It actually looks somewhat professional! I had to decide on handles, and I didn’t think a crocheted handle would be sturdy enough.
In my thrift shop browsing I tend to pick up hardware and various items that may come in handy for projects. Yes, I could be considered a hoarder… but anyway, I had found these resin purse handles for super cheap. A couple of them were broken but that didn’t keep me from seeing their value. I took them home, glued them with E6000, and put them aside until I found a use, and it seemed like it would hold.
Well, after adding them to the purse they worked great, but I grabbed the bag too fast getting out of the car recently and re-broke the handle in the same spot. Ok… now what…. My first thought was a piece of plastic tubing, and that’s what I had in mind when I hit the hardware store, but then I remembered having seen this other product that might work a little better. HEAT SHRINK TUBING– OMG. This is in the electrical department by the wiring nuts and electrical tape. Inexpensive and no bulk on my handle.
I rotated the handle so that the break part was accessible, and slid on a small piece of the tubing. A dab of glue at the break (Power Grab), and I slid the tubing over it.
You can see in the picture where the break was. Being an instant gratification type personality, I didn’t wait for the glue to dry, I could have clamped and set it aside. I figured the shrink tubing would pull it back together and it would set in due time.
I used my paper crafts heat embossing tool for shrinking the wrap. It did take a bit, but it clamped down nicely on the handle plastic and I don’t think that baby’s going anywhere. Rotated the handle so that the repaired part is hidden in the crochet, and back in business. It seems to be holding, I think I could refer to this stuff with other craft projects!!
Just remember, never dismiss the hardware store, you might find the perfect fix there.