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New Summer Handbag

I purchased this tote while I was in Panama City at the Hobby Lobby and didn’t quite know what I was going to do with it until a few days ago.  I remembered a design I’d seen over on Embroidery library and I thought it might work with the bag pattern.

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The bag pre-transformation

The bag is a burlap material with a damask design stenciled on top. The design worried me because I wasn’t sure how an embroidered piece would show up on it. I decided to go for it anyway. I didn’t want something like just my initials.

Embroidered Purse

The way my embroidery machine works I have to turn a tote inside out, stick it over the top of the machine and under the needle. I didn’t hoop this one because it was so thick. I hooped my stabilizer (3 layers of tearaway) and clipped the tote to the hoop. It worked really, really nicely!

Embroidered PurseEmbroidered Purse

Embroidered Purse

Here is the link to the design on Embroidery Library. It’s called “French Eiffel Tower Medley“.

image courtesy Embroidery Library

The design is just about 40,000 stitches total. It took me most of the evening to babysit for the thread changes, 19 in all. I really love it! Can’t wait to show it off tomorrow at work.

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