Over two years ago Eileen Roche and I teamed up to create Designer Handbags, using an embroidery machine to add terrific-looking details. Since then, at every sewing event we’ve attended, we’ve spotted embroidered handbags that were made following the techniques we taught on TV. Many of you asked for more options. With that request, we’ve developed more embroidery designs, which incorporate trendy grommet accents. Handbags 2—Designer Knockoffs is this week’s online Sewing With Nancy online streaming video. There is also a companion book with 28 embroidery designs.
Here’s a preview of what you’ll see on TV and in the book!
- All of the embroidery designs start with the first thread color stitching on the stabilizer. The vertical and horizontal stitching lines provide perfect placement for the fabric.
- The remaining embroidery stitches the design, plus guidelines for later cutting and placing the grommets.
- Corner accents are also embroidered with coordinating appliqués. The placement line is the first thread color of the embroidery design.
- Then, a placement line for the appliqué is automatically stitched.
- Even the appliqué shapes are an embroidery design! Simply embroider. . .
cut . . .
and position! And yes, I use office tape!
- Then comes the fun part, stitching the designer details.
- There’re even embroidered lines for trimming the corners.
- The lining, which is backed with headliner, an ideal spongy-type stabilizer for handbags, is embroidered with the grommet placement circles.
- Then the snap placement is embroidered. First a rectangle is stitched to show what size plastic stabilizer, Create ‘n Shape, to cut. The following stitches secure the plastic stabilizer. The last step of this embroidery stitches the vertical markings to show exactly where to cut the fabric for the snap placement!
- Both the outer handbag and the lining are assembled, starting with sewing the lower seam. On the outer bag, Create ‘n Shape, the plastic bag bottom stabilizer, is also added.
- After the side and corner seams of the outer and lining bags have been sewn, the two bags are nested together and the grommets are added. No measuring needed—perfect alignment!
- For additional hints on sewing the bag together, watch the video, click here! Next week, learn more finishing details and how to make the clutch bag, an embroider-in-the hoop project.
Included with this 80-page book is a CD of all of the embroidered designs you’ll need to complete three bags and a clutch—a total of 28 designs. Eileen and I would like to give away two autographed copies. Let us know which of the four bags pictured at the top of the blog is your favorite. Two random winners will be announced December 14th.
The random winner of a copy of the Quilt with Carefree Curves book and a set of the Carefree Curves Template is Mary Krall. She posted, I think I like the Hearts and Gizzards best. This looks like a great way to have consistent, accurate results for a beautiful project. Thank you for sharing!
Bye for now,