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.
Since this website has been entirely rebuilt since I created the design and link for LInda McGehee's article in the May/June issue of Creative Machine Embroidery, here's an important update and where to find the design now.
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.
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!
A plain design can often provide more opportunities for creativity than a more decorative version. Really?
For one thing, you don’t have to worry about any included embroidery design(s) competing with the fabric—or clashing with your ideas. With in-the-hoop designs, you're choosing your own fabrics so why not choose the designs and other elements that make your project "you?"
For that reason, I created a collection of basic in-the-hoop bags that max out popular hoop sizes from 130 x 180mm (5x7”) on up to the newest humongous hoops on the latest Brother and Baby Lock models. And there are some sizes in between.
Looking for a bag to organize your essentials for running around on quick trips? Or how about a small bag to carry your passport, a bit of money, a tube of lip gloss and your cell phone? Then here it is!
After creating the ITH Snappy Eyeglasses case, I had many requests for a simpler version that could be completed in one hooping with no additional sewing.
"Snap bags"—those clever little purses that use a metal tape measure to form a secure closure—are very popular. I see them all over the net in all sorts of fun fabrics. And while most of them are lined, the seams are still exposed on the inside.
I love having a small bag to run around town with. Yes, there are times when I want to tote along a bottle of water, my iPad, some kind of handwork project, and/or a few other bulky items in a large bag, but for a quick shopping trip, who needs all that extra stuff?
Lately I've been on an ITH bag binge, as you might guess from the recent series of blog posts. First it was the ITH Snappy Glasses cases, a project collection with 6 panels for mixing and matching.
Only have a 4x4" sewing field? No problem! You can make this in-the-hoop mini zip using the same technique as its larger siblings. These minis are perfect for change, small notions, treats, or little trinkets.