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Applique Toddler Tote

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Materials
  • 1/3rd yard navy 100% cotton fabric
  • 1/3rd yard bright print 100% cotton fabric
  • Scrap approximately 6” x 6” for dog white or cream
  • Scrap approximately 2.5” x 6” for sign
  • 11 square of fusible tear away stabilizer
  • 8” of Heat n Bond Light
  • Magic sizing or Best Press
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Embroidery threads per the color chart
  • Regular thread to sew the tote bag

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    This bag was made for a tiny 2 year old that loves her pit bull. You can adjust the size of the bag of course to suit your purposes. I even changed the colors in the thread chart to match the colors of her pit bull. This little bag would be just as cute with any applique design of your choosing that will fit into a 5”x 7” embroidery hoop.


    Step 1:
    Cut two squares of your outside fabric 11” x 11”. Cut two squares of your lining fabric 10” in height and 11” wide; Cut 24” x 3” wide strip of fabric for the strap. You may cut your strap to match the outside of your bag or of the lining fabric.

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    Step 2:
    Following the manufacturer’s instructions apply the fusible tear away stabilizer to the back of one square of the navy fabric.

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    Step 3:
    With a ruler find and mark the center of the navy square with the fusible tear away applied. Tautly hoop the fabric aligning your center mark to the center of the hoop. Place in the machine and fine tune the center so that your needle is positioned over your mark.

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    Step 4:
    Press your applique scraps with Best Press or Magic Sizing 3 or 4 times. Apply Heat n Bond to the back of these fabrics.


    Step 5:
    Run the 1st color stop to stitch and outline of the dog’s face and body.


    Step 6:
    Remove the Heat N Bond paper from the back of the fabric for the dog’s face and body, spray the back with a little spray adhesive and place over the outlines.

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    Step 7:
    Run the second color stop, which is the tack down stitches. Remove the hoop from the machine and trim the applique right up next to the tack down stitches.


    Step 8:
    Return the hoop to the machine and run the 3rd color stop which is the outline for the sign.

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    Step 9:
    Remove the paper from the back of your sign fabric; spray with a little spray adhesive and place over the outline.

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    Step 10:
    Run the next color stop which is the tack down for the sign; trim the sign applique right up next to the tack down stitches.

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    Step 11:
    Run the next color stop which is the outline for the paw on the left side.

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    Step 12:
    Cut two 2” squares for the remaining dog fabric and place one square over the left paw using a little adhesive spray to hold it in place.

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    Step 13:
    Run the next color sequence which will tack down the first paw; run the next color sequence which is the outline for the second paw. Place the fabric for the second paw; run the next color sequence which is the tack down for the second paw.

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    Step 14:
    Trim both paws right up next to the tack down stitching. Remove the hoop from the machine and with an applique iron press all the applique pieces for permanent adhesion.

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    Step 15:
    The next 12 color stops will stitch the embroidered detail on the dog and sign. Feel free to change the colors to best depict your favorite pit bull. In this case I changed color stop 10, which is the eyes of the dog, to the same color as used for the spots on the dog. I also changed color stop 12 to a pink instead of a tan as my granddaughter’s pit bull is really pink inside the ears.

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    Step 16:
    Remove the excess tear away stabilizer from the back of the work around the dog and sign. If you have trouble pulling away the stabilizer, heat it for a moment with an iron.

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    Step 17:
    Pin the front and back of the tote bag together and sew the two sides and bottom of the bag together with a ½” seam allowance.

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    Step 18:
    Press the seams open.

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    Step 19:
    Place the two lining pieces right sides together. Sew down to the two 10” sides and across the 11” bottom with a ½” seam allowance. Press the seams open.

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    Step 20:
    To give depth to the bag: fold the bottom corners so that the side seam and the bottom seam are aligned. Measure up 1 ½” from the point and stitch across the corner. Do this to both bottom corners of the bag and the lining.

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    Step 21:
    Trim off the excess fabric from the corners.

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    Step 22:
    Measure and press 1” of fabric around the top of the bag.

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    Step 23:
    Place the lining inside the bag wrong sides together; align the side seams; the top of the lining fabric will reach the crease you made in the bag fabric when you pressed down the 1”.

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    Step 24:
    Fold ½” of the top fabric under itself to form the top hem; pin in place around the top of the bag. Stitch down at the bottom of the hem removing the pins as you go.

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    Step 25:
    Fold the strap fabric in half lengthwise and press.

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    Step 26:
    Open up the strap and fold 1/2” on each end in and press; bring the long edges to the center and press again. Stitch along both ends and along the open edge to complete the strap.

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    Step 27:
    Pin the strap over the side seams of the bag ½” and pin in place; stich with a box stitch indicated by the yellow dash lines to attach it to the bag.

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    Step 28:
    Congratulations your toddler tote bag is complete! You can use any applique pattern that is less than 4.9” wide to make a whole parcel of these totes.

    For the love of embroidery…
    Pat Williams


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    Meet The Author: Pat Williams
    Award winning Digitizer, Embroidery Educator, Author and a Consultant to the Industry, Pat Williams has 20 years of experience in the embroidery industry. Pat has won multiple awards for her digitizing expertise including the 2007 Impressions Awards Grand Championship, Best of Show as well as the 1st and 2nd Place Awards.. Pat’s love of digitizing has afforded her the opportunity to write many articles for Impressions magazine in the United States and Images Magazine in Europe. She also has authored her own digitizing training CD series, “Digitizing Steps to Success.” In 2001 Pat was named “Embroidery Educator of the Year.” For many years Pat lead digitizing seminars at the ISS Shows in Long Beach, CA and for Compucon software. Pat retired from the commercial embroidery arena in 2010. She now resides in Sierra Vista, AZ. She can be reached at pwilliams22@cox.net.

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