Last week, I featured highlights from the first episode of Handbags 2—Designer Knockoffs. It’s a 2-part series with embroidery expert, Eileen Roche, who shares her unique approach to creating terrific looking handbags using an embroidery machine. As you might guess, this week’s Sewing With Nancy online video is the second episode. You can watch it online by clicking here. Here’s a preview of what you’ll see.
First Episode Review
During the first show of this series, we detailed how to embroider accents and placement for grommets, and how to easily transform corners of the bags with the help of embroidery. Now, it’s time to put the bags together with more designer tips and techniques.
Why not watch the first episode by clicking here or read the blog which details the first show by clicking here. Knowing what’s in the first show is important before taking the next step.
Designer Bag Finishing Features
- Make handbag straps with the use of 1″ Create A Strap. Press it to the wrong side of the fabric. Then, fold along the perforations.
- Cut 1-1/2″ wide crosswise strips of an accent fabric. Insert a fabric strip through the wide end of a 3/4″ bias tape maker; press.
- Center the folded strip over the cut edges of the strap; stitch.
- Insert the straps through the grommets and align the short ends with the edges of the fabric.
- Baste the edges together.
- Add the zipper unit. We give specific details on how to create the zipper unit in the book, Handbags 2—Designer Knockoffs.
- Finish the top edges with your favorite binding technique. I like to use Fuse ‘n Bind. PS: Wonder Clips are a great pin substitute.
- Isn’t this a great looking handbag!
Who wouldn’t love to carry one of these feminine clutches? It’s big enough to fit a cell phone, small wallet, and tissues. If you have a large embroidery hoop, let the machine do all the pattern making for you. If not, you can easily stitch the design and then use a template to create the bag shape. What a great idea for a bride, bridesmaids, or formal event!
A little disclaimer: I took photos while making a prototype of the clutch, but didn’t take any photos after the embroidery design was fine-tuned. What was I thinking? (Rhetorical question, I know.) Regardless, during the frenzy of testing the clutch embroidery design, I didn’t place the ribbon on the design . . . I skipped that step. Oh well, you can see how to create one of these clutches while watching the online video or reading the book.
- Embroider two designs: one for the front and the other for the back of the clutch.
- Trim 1/4″ from the outer line.
- Stitch the lower seam.
- Next, the side seam is sewn to the notch marking and then the corner is stitched. The lining is also sewn, and the lining and outer clutch are met right sides together.
- The top and side seams are sewn. Then, the clutch is turned right side out.
- Hint: An opening is left in the lower seam of the lining in order to turn the fabric right side out.
- Press the edges and then get ready to attach the hardware.
- Apply a line of glue in the purse frame; then slip the fabric into the correct position. Hint: Before applying the glue, take a test run inserting the fabric into the hardware.
Handbags 2—Designer Knockoffs, 2-part Sewing With Nancy series, is this week’s online Sewing With Nancy feature. Watch online, on PBS, or DVD. Or, watch on your iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone. Have you downloaded the app?
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.
Check out details on the teal/cream scalloped bag on Eileen’s Blog! Click here to read the details.