Designer Handbags Nancy Zieman Eileen RocheLast week Molly, a blog follower, posted this comment regarding the first Sewing With Nancy program on Designer Handbags. “Every bag I’ve made from this book/CD has fooled people into thinking it was professionally done. The Airborne bag is my favorite, it’s so nice and roomy and can be even made into and used as a diaper bag depending on the cute fabric you choose. Thank you guys for such a great product!”

You’re welcome Molly! (By the way, the bag she’s referring to is the largest bag with the pocket that slips over the suitcase handle.)

Designer Handbags Nancy Zieman Eileen Roche

My guess is that Molly watched the Designer Handbags series when it first debuted on PBS and online several months ago. This week, the second program of the 2-part series is the Sewing With Nancy online video feature. Just click, then watch!

The brainstorming behind this 2-part series began with a simple question: What if? As Eileen Roche and I worked together on a TV show outline, we pondered…What if we embroidered and stitched the bag strap connectors totally in the hoop?

Those of you with embroidery machines know the wonder of decorative embroidery. Yet, those clever embroidery machines can equally be programmed to straight stitch. So here’s a summary of the “What if” results.

Fascinating Strap Connectors

The bag featured above is made from suede cloth and the straps and strap connector appliqués are Silk Dupioni.

There are three strap connector options in the Designer Handbags collection. Here’s an abbreviated tutorial on how the marquee design is sewn/embroidered totally in the hoop!

  • Select the embroidery design for the strap connectors from the Designer Handbags CD. Transfer it to your embroidery machine.
  • Stitch the first thread color directly on the stabilizer.
  • Align and center the bag front along the guidelines and tape in place.
  • Stitch the second thread color. (Be patient. The pretty stitching will show up soon!)

Designer Handbags Nancy Zieman Eileen Roche

  • Place the strips within the embroidered box. Stitch the third thread color. The stitching secures the straps.

Designer Handbags Nancy Zieman Eileen Roche

  • Place the appliqué over the placement guidelines.
  • Stitch the remaining thread colors.
  • Repeat all the steps a second time on the bag back!

Designer Handbags Nancy Zieman Eileen Roche

  • Remove embroidery from the hoop and tear or cut away the stabilizer.
  • Finish the bag as per the instructions.
  • Ta Da!


Designer Handbags Nancy Zieman Eileen Roche

Last week, I detailed the tab embroidery. Click and read how that part of the bag is done.

In the Designer Handbags product, you’ll receive 28 embroidery designs, a 30+ minute video (different from the TV show), and instructions from Eileen and…well, you know who. (The embroidery formats include: ART, C2S, DST, EXP, HUS, JEF, PES, VIP, VP3, and XXX.)

Designer Handbags Eileen Roche & Nancy Zieman

Watch Sewing With Nancy online.

Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche Designer Handbags

There are 52 programs to watch online, or on your iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone. Have you downloaded the app?

Sewing With Nancy app

Nancy Zieman's Giveaway WinnerThanks for your comments regarding what you’d create with the Riley Blake Designs Geekly Chic fabrics within my blog on Fabric Fest Blog Hop Tour. The random winner of a 1 yard cut of each of these three designs is Margaret. Her comment was: A tote bag!

Riley Blake Designs fabric in Nancy Zieman blog

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