Sometimes you just need a tote bag with a little more pizzaz than you can get by embellishing a premade one. Fortunately tote bags are easy to make with only basic sewing skillis and relatively fast with the added benefit that a flat piece of fabric is way easier to embroider than a tubular, ready made bag, especially when stitching on a domestic, flat bed machine.
Rescue Me is a collection of 20 simple designs targeted for raising awareness for pet adoption. If you're a pet foster, make your critter even more adorable by stitching up a personalized bandana!
Whether you foster pets or not, I've purposely kept these designs basic to make it quick and easy to whip up simple projects that can be done for a charity event, easy gifts, or craft show items.
A couple of months ago on a webinar with the Virtual Sewing Guild, Linda McGehee, owner of Ghee's, threw out the idea of a bag challenge, which was greeted with enthusiasm. It took a couple of months to work out the details and Linda has already announced it to her list.
I saw a little quick video on Facebook the other day where a candy wrapper was turned into a small zip bag and thought it would be fun to do with an in-the-hoop (ITH) project.
The original inspiration project used King Size candy bar wrappers, covered them with strips of clear packing tape, and then stitched the panels to create a lined zipper pouch. Definitely not a haute couture handbag but the fun factor made up for that.
As I write this blog post, it's the day after Christmas, and for many of us, this is the season of giving no matter what holidays we celebrate. Yesterday I spent a quiet day at home knitting and thinking.
Have you ever wondered if it's easy to create free-standing lace on your embroidery machine? Have you tried stitching lace and been disappointed in the results?
If you’ve been reluctant to try inks or using media that requires a brush, then I’ve found something that gives you the look of inks with the ease of colored pencils and it’s called InkTense Colored pencils.
Basically, using a natural fiber fabric, you color just like any other pencil and then you activate with moisture and that can be plain water, aloe vera gel or textile medium. Once it dries, it’s permanent. It really doesn’t get any easier than this!
Watch how to make a lined, zippered bag in your embroidery machine! The finished bag has no exposed seams or exposed zipper on the inside. See different fabric options and various embellishment choices in a range of sizes.
Once you're done stitching, pop it out of the hoop, trim off the excess and turn right side out and Voila! Your bag is ready to use!