Fancy an embroidered canvas bag to take to the park, beach and other lovely outdoor locations? Great! I have a mini tutorial for you.
I made this bag last spring, for a friend who is no longer in my life. I have debated over and over if I should post about this bag. On one hand, I love it. On the other hand, the end of that friendship was abrupt and bitter and I didn’t want to think about it too much.
But, alas, the new year started and winter has passed. So it’s time to shake off the ghosts and do some more embroidery. I have already been thinking about variations to this bag. With other states, cartoon characters, names, molecules… The possibilities are endless.
So, let’s get started. You’ll need a canvas bag (I got mine from Ebay, on a pack of 12), embroidery floss, an embroidery hoop, fabric markers (optional), sewing washable fabric marker (optional as well) and a design you can print and cut.
STEP 1: Choose your design. Print it in the size you’d like your design to be and hold it against the bag with some scotch tape. Mark the silhouette on your bag. You can use a pencil or a sewing marker which will wash away.
STEP 2: Place the bottom of the embroidery loop inside the bag, against the front surface. Place the top of the embroidery loop outside the bag, pressing against the fabric. Once your hoops are in place, tighten. Make sure the canvas lays flat. Otherwise once you remove the loop your design will look funny. Not in a good way.
STEP 3: Get yourself a drink of your choice and gather some patience. You will now start embroidering the bag. Keep in mind the back of your canvas is the inside of the bag, so you’ll have to embroider from the inside out. It takes some practice to get used to having your hands in the bag. But I promise it’s fairly easy once you get the swing of it. Start embroidering the silhouette continuously or dashed.
STEP 4: Add detail to the bag. To add the heart, cut out a paper heart and trace the outline with a fabric marker of the same color you want to make the heart. Start sewing the heart from one side to the other, vertically. As shown in the picture. Continue until the surface of the heart is completely covered.
And, you’re all done!
Let me know if you use this method. I’d love to see your bags! Also, let me know if you’d like a video on how to do the insert.