3.26.2013

Let's Embroider Some Sh*t // DIY Tote Bag

Let's Embroider Some Sh*t

This week, we're embroidering all kinds of shit.  See yesterday's pin board project here.  Today, let's embroider a tote bag.

DIY Embroidered Tote

Read on for the full tutorial.

DIY Embroidered Tote
MATERIALS:  Pre-Made Canvas Tote Bag, Embroidery Thread, Embroidery Needle, Marking Pencil, Ruler

DIY Embroidered Tote
ONE: Begin by drawing out a geometric pattern of your choosing using a water-soluble marking pen/pencil. Believe it or not, my geometric pattern (and this whole project, in fact) were inspired by this bathroom tile.

DIY Embroidered Tote
TWO: Embroider over your pattern with evenly-spaced French knots.  For a nice, clear tutorial on making a French knot, hope over to Sublime Stitching.  They're super easy, and they're definitely my favorite embroidery stitch of all (shh...don't tell the others).

DIY Embroidered Tote
THREE:  Be patient and keep chugging along until you've embroidered over your entire pattern.

This is a great project for taking on the road. My favorite part is that those adorable little French knots give the already awesome pattern even more dimension.

DIY Embroidered Tote
DIY Embroidered Tote

Mandy P
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6 comments:

  1. This is such a great idea! And a great way to use up my embroidery thread stash I've been keeping since my friendship bracelet making days!

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  2. Love your pattern! It turned out amazing!

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  3. What??!! This is beyond cute and creative! One of my top five faves of yours yet!!

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  4. I love this. And I think I love the series logo even more.

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  5. Oh, wow! Embroidery is one craft I have yet to try, but now I think I must. Very cool!

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  6. Awesome first project for beginners in my craft group..

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