Eileen Roche and I teamed up to create Designer Handbags, using an embroidery machine to add high-end designer details. Many of you asked for more options to embroider on your handbags. We set forth and developed more embroidery designs, which incorporate trendy over-sized grommet accents. Handbags 2—Designer Knockoffs is this week’s online Sewing With Nancy online streaming video. We also have 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.
- Position. And yes, I used office tape.
- Then comes the fun part, stitching the designer details.
- There are 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!
Watch Handbags 2 – Designer Knockoffs on Sewing With Nancy online.
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 a copy. Simply leave a comment telling us your favorite of the four bags pictured below. A random winner will be announced April 30.
The random winner of a copy of the Quilt with Carefree Curves book and a set of the Carefree Curves Template is Linda G. who said, I really like the Mohawk Trail for its elegance and window-like options and the Drunkard’s Path for its graphic energy. Thanks for an interesting method to make sewing curved shapes easier and more consistent.
Bye for now,