Embroider four back panels
and six side panels to make up the sides and base.
Each panel is embroidered onto water soluble Vilene. Fabric
choice is important to ensure good results. I used black denim for my bag
with a black polka dot cotton fabric for the lining and photo
pockets. The bag handles were also made from denim. Vinyl is used to make
the photo windows - this is optional as you could just embroider the
openings without the vinyl.
All panels are stipple
quilted. The stippling is decorative and also helps stabilize the panels
in the hoop. This bag is not intended as a quilted item, so no batting is
Once all the panels are
embroidered, clean the edges with a damp cloth to remove the excess
Vilene. Please refer to the text file that comes with the designs for more
specific embroidery instructions.
The panels are then zigzagged
together on your sewing machine, using the same color embroidery thread as
was used for the satin borders.
Recommended machine setting: W = 3.5 L = 1.
Some hand-stitching may be required for the
final side and base seams - I found it difficult feeding the bag through
my machine and therefore opted for a bit of hand sewing to finish the bag
For the handles I cut two strips of denim,
each measuring approx 18 x 4 inches. I folded each strip in half
lengthways and then folded the folds in half again (hope that makes sense)
so that the raw edges are tucked inside the handles. Use a straight stitch
to sew the handle together along the long edge.
Last but not least add your photos and you're ready for some bragging!