|Julia's sparkly purple shield|
It wasn't really clear how to make or attach the handles to the backs of the shields, so I went looking a little bit more and found this tutorial which was much more clear as to how to make handles for shields. They are made of elastic attached to felt squares. Nice and sturdy.
Maybe a little one in your life would like a pillow fight shield for next Christmas ... or maybe a birthday! They certainly are a hit with our grandkids!