As you know I’m part of the Bostik Bloggers Club – I get sent a craft box every couple of months and I’m challenged to create something. This month’s craft box is incredible!
The first thing I made was this cute little tote bag, which I’ve yet to find an owner for. Beth is a little bit old for this sort of thing now and my niece who is probably of the right age, is more of a pirate/football kind of girl 🙂
Fancy making one for yourself? Good because it was actually really easy (if a little fiddly). The Bostik fabric glue means that you can cheat! You don’t have to be great at sewing as the stitches are really just there for show, the glue has attached the fabric to the bag for you. This means you can create a design that is as simple or as complicated as you like and know that everything will stay secure.
You Will Need:
4 pieces of co-ordinating fabric (fat quarters will be large enough)
A plain tote bag
Some embroidery thread
Paper and pencil
- Start by drawing picture of what you have in mind and cutting out a loose template
- Lay the template on the bag and make sure that you’re happy.
- Cut the fabric to match your templates. You can do this by drawing around them on the ‘wrong side’ or by pinning the fabric and template together.
- Cut windows and a door from the main house shape.
- Glue the curtains into the windows on the ‘wrong side’. the curtains need to be a little longer than the windows.
- Bit by bit, glue the shapes to the bag and build up the scene.
- Using three strands of embroidery thread each time, loosely stitch around the shapes.
- Using freehand embroidery, create a dolly face, sunshine, flowers and apples. There’s no pattern for this, just stitch and keep stitching until you’re happy! it’s amazing how many details you’ll find yourself coming up with.
- At some point, decide that you’ve finished!! Honestly it’s really hard to stop!
I’ve already got plans for another more grown up design but first I have to work out what to do with the rest of the craft box!