Friday, April 17, 2015

Embroidering the Bag

Step one:  Find this great design from Urban Threads Embroidery.  Try to figure out what to do with it.  Find out that a friend is having surgery and that you have been meaning to make something and then be reminded of this.  The ah-ha moment hits and it's time to get busy!  (Don't tell anyone that it is about two weeks late.  That isn't really important.)
Pull a plain canvas remnant out of the stash.  Decide that just embroidery on canvas isn't good enough.  You need at least one pocket.  This means you need another great embroidery design.
Is there an easier tote pattern than the one from The Green Bag Lady?  I don't think so.  I did do some modifications.  This bag is bigger and made from cotton canvas instead of quilting cotton but the basic shape is the same.
I also used the purple fabric to make the handles a little fancier.
The back of the bag sports this great big pocket with tentacles.
The front has this fun embroidery design to let everyone know a little about the fantastic lady holding the bag.
Finally, the inside is big enough to hold a crib quilt that needs binding.  I think this bag is a huge win.

Have you added embroidery, machine or hand, to your projects?

I'm linking up with the Sew My Stash 2015 Bag Challenge.


  1. I love that bag. The tentacle pocket is particularly inspired.

  2. uh, yes. I think I have added thread work all over the place. :)

    I do love urban thread's designs. This is a perfect way to use them!


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