I’m a fan of using a twilly on the handle because they add a splash of colour and pattern while serving the purpose of protecting the leather. It took a while to learn the basics of how to tie one on, I think there are several ways depending on personal preferance and the handle in question but here is how I do it. Anchor one end with a knot to the metal loop of the handle (not to the loop for the strap attachment). You have to guess how much of a ‘tail’ to leave at first. Wrap the twilly around neither too slack nor too tightly…you may have to unravel and re-wrap if you find you’ve overlapped too much or too little.Once you reach the other end, loop around the metal like this. Sometimes you can get away with just pulling the end tight but as I have a long enough tail, I loosened it again to tie a knot around the metal ring. It results in a more secure anchor like at the beginning. Done! This twilly is called L’Art Indien des Plaines. Don’t expect the twilly to stay tight all the time because a bit of loosening will occur over time and use. I generally leave them on as I don’t really have to time to chop and change but it’s a nice way to compliment your outfits or vary the look of your bags.
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