Here is the pictures of my American Tote bags that I lined over the week-end. The designs are from EmbLibrary and I’ve added a side bar of some of my favorite places to purchase designs. I will post more later.
These canvas totes were embroidered on my Brother PR600 that I love. I used my fast frames on the totes instead of hooping them. I did not use any type of stabilizer because I figured that the canvas was heavy enough. I used double stick scotch tape to hold the canvas tote to the fast frame. These designs took up to 2 hours to embroider on the PR600.
These totes were flat when started and I took 4 1/2″ to box the bottom to give the tote a 5″ depth. To make the lining I basically measured the width and height of the tote bag. I added an inch for seam allowance.
Turned 1/2″ on each end of the fabric to finish off the edges. The finished edges would be sewn to the top of the tote bag. Took some remaining fabric to make pockets that run from seam to seam. There are 4 pockets that measure 5 x 4.
On the fabric for the pocket I turned 1/4 on the top and bottom. I then took iron on stabilizer and ironed it to the piece of fabric. Then sewed a top stitch where the stabilizer and fabric met so that if at any time the stabilizer wears, it is still holding by thread. Placed the pocket to the fabric and then sewed the pocket on. Then measured where to stitch each section for each pocket and stitched.
Ready to sew the seams. Seams finished now to box the bottom of the lining. Measured 4 1/2″, stitch, done. Now to pin the lining to the tote. Zip and its done.
The fabric that I used for the lining is a Debbie Mumm design that I really liked and thought it would go good with the totes.
These totes really looking stunning and I plan to make some totes that don’t have embroidery, instead they will be reversible. I have some interesting ideas for pockets on these totes. Hopefully in a couple of weeks I will have one done.
This weekend, I might be going away for R&R after I go to the hospital for a small procedure. Took a 4 day get away. Maybe Friday afternoon I will be attending my sister and her son’s art exhibit in Chicago. Depends how I feel after the hospital. Also don’t want to deal with Chicago rush hour traffic.