I've learned much from cyber-world, and so here's my contribution: Resolution Tote Bag
Step 1: Purchase blank canvas tote. I use Online Discount Clothing: The Deal Rack website to purchase a variety of weights and styles. This bagis BAGedge 12 oz with contrasting handles BE010, on sale for $3.31 each. I've also embroidered on the 10 oz bag (great value), and the heavy 16 0z boat tote (similar to Land's End big bag).
Made of 100 percent cotton canvas, the natural body comes in contrasting nylon webbing handles in 7 great colors. The bag measures 11.25"W x 14.5"H x 3"D.
Manufacturer Product ID: BAGedge BE010
Step 2: Create Design
My go-to favorite site is Urban Threads
Their contemporary designs inspire, motivate, and obsess me! Purchasing their designs is quick and easy (too easy). My machine only stitches 4" x 4" designs in PES format, so I am limited to the smallest designs. Cost: $3.00.
This design called Resolutions is perfect for a New Year's bag, reminding me to do the following:
Step 4: Save on flash drive and upload to machine and transfer to machine. BTW, I'm using a Brother Innovis 950 D Embroidery and Sewing Machine (entry level machine). I will upgrade to a machine with larger hoops as soon as possible! Perhaps another resolution!
I use 505 adhesive spray to attach a tear away stabilizer sheet that will also be hooped.
Step 6: Attach hoop to machine. Lock in place. If you need to change bobbins while embroidering, no problem. You unhoop from machine, but the embroidery unit stays in place so after changing the bobbin, you can easily rehoop the garmet to the unit and you're still in the exact same place!
Step 7: Choose design.
Cut threads as you sew/embroider because the threads are harder to cut later after they have been stitched over while completing the design.
Step 9: Tear Away Stabalizer (or cut away).
Step 10: Trim threads from front and back.
And that's it. This project took apx. 1.5 hours to complete. It follows one of the resolutions, "Be Creative Every Day."
Some of the other bags I made for gifts this year:
Metamorphosis Monday! Join me and check out all the innovative DIY's!
Happy Monday to all.