There are two techniques that can be used for turning handles: end gap turning, where you turn from one short end of the handle and middle gap turning, where a gap is left at the centre of one long edge for turning, giving neater handle ends.
End Gap Turning
Some of the projects in this book will instruct you to sew your handle along three edges, leaving one short end open for turning. You will need a long, thin item, such as a chopstick or paintbrush, to help you with this method.
1). Sew the handle strips together along three edges, as instructed. Snip the corners of the sewn end.
2). Opening and rearranging the handle tube a little to help you, place a long, thin object against the sewn end. Push it though the inside of the handle and out of the open end. For most handles, you will need to gather the handle fabric over your turning object little by little until the end comes through. Then you can manually pull this out the right way.
Middle Gap Turning
When the end of a handle is visible it needs to be neatly sewn and turned. In this situation we would leave a turning gap along the middle of one long edge.
1). Sew around all edges of the handle, leaving a gap as instructed. Snip all four corners carefully.
2). Take something long and thin, such as a chopstick or the smooth end of a paintbrush. Opening and rearranging the handle tube a little to help you, push the long object against one of the sewn ends so that it now gets pushed though the inside of the handle and out of the turning gap. For some handles you may need to gather the handle fabric over your turning object little by little until the end comes through. Then you can manually pull it out the right way. Push the corners out fully and neatly before removing the turning tool. Repeat with the other side of the handle.
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