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ITH Owl Bags

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Materials
  • For each bag:
  • 6” x 16” 100% cotton for outer fabric and knit interfacing, sub cut to 2” x 6”, 6” x 6” and 6” x 8”
  • 6” x 16” 100% cotton fabric for lining, sub cut to 2” x 6”, 6” x 6” and 6” x 8”
  • 2 4” squares of 100% cotton for wing appliques and Heat N Bond Lite®
  • 1 or 2 2” squares of 100% cotton fabric and Heat N Bond Lite for Eyes depending upon design
  • 1 2” square of 100% cotton fabric and Heat N Bond Lite® for beak
  • 1 5 ½” x 6” rectangle of cotton fabric and Heat N Bond Lite® for face
  • 1 zipper 7” or longer – polyester coil zippers only – no metal zippers or heavy plastic sports zippers
  • 4” of ¼” to ½” grosgrain ribbon for optional loop
  • 5” of 1/8” grosgrain ribbon for zipper pull optional
  • Poly mesh stabilizer for a 5” x 7” hoop
  • Magic Sizing® or spray starch
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Scotch Tape
  • Embroidery or painter’s tape
  • Hand sewing needle or adhesive hem tape to close the opening in the lining

  • Designs used in this project

    Final Product: What You Will Create

    Preface:
    The color charts for these designs are laid out differently than usual as the colors of embroidery threads you will use will depend upon the fabrics that you have chosen for the bag you are making. In the ITHOB01 Black thread was used for all of the stitching expect for the white highlight of the eye and the final 2 color stops in which I chose a tan color to match the fabrics. Therefore each color chart indicates the function of each color stop rather than a specific color. The pupil and highlight of the eye are listed as colors as I do not think you will want to change those. Each Owl Bag is sewn with the same color steps until you get to the eyes. Some have two open eyes, one version has stitched eyelashes only, one has one open and one closed eye. I will demonstrate ITHOB02 here with notes for the variation in steps to compete the others.


    Step 1:
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    For each Owl Bag you will need the fabrics as listed above in the materials section. The use of the knit interfacing to underline the outer fabrics is optional but using it creates a higher quality bag.


    Step 2:
    Prepare the fabrics by pressing the outer and lining fabrics with Magic Sizing® or spray starch. Press each applique fabric three or four times with Magic Sizing® or spray starch. Apply the Heat N Bond Lite® to the back of each applique piece. Turn your iron down and press the knit interfacing to the back of each outer fabric.

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    Step 3:
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    Hoop poly mesh stabilizer in your 5” x 7” hoop and run color stop (CS) 1 as placement lines for the complete bag as well as the zipper placement lines. I have already determined that I will use black thread for the zipper tack down stitches and the borders on this bag so I have used black thread for all steps until I sew the white highlights on the eye.


    Step 4:
    Use scotch tape to tape the zipper between the placement lines. Make sure the zipper pull and metal end of the zipper are outside of the stitching lines. Any length zipper 7” or longer may be used as both ends of the zipper will be cut off later.

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    Step 5:
    Run CS 2 to tack down the zipper. I did change thread color here so that you can see the stitches, but normally I would have run this color stop in black. Remove the scotch tape from the middle of the zipper only.

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    Step 6:
    Align the 6” x 2” out fabric, face down, with the top line of the zipper placement line and tape in place with embroidery tape outside of the bag outline.

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    Step 7:
    Turn the hoop over and tape the 6” x 2” lining fabric, face down on the back of the hoop aligning the top edge of the fabric with the top zipper placement line. Hold in place with embroidery tape. You do not want to loosen the stabilizer in the hoop by pressing too hard when placing this tape, but you need it to be securely adhered to the stabilizer. So position the tape on the back of the hoop, then turn the hoop right side up again and rub your fingers over the areas where the tape is placed on the back.  

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    Step 8:
    Run CS 3 to stitch the fabrics together.

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    Step 9:
    Remove the hoop from the machine. Remove the tape from the front and back of the hoop. Place the hoop on a flat surface away from the machine. You do not want to spray adhesive while the hoop is on the machine. Spray adhesive on the wrong side of the lining fabric and smooth up towards the top of the hoop; finger pressing the seam at the zipper.

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    Step 10:
    Spray adhesive on the back side of the outer fabric on the front of the hoop and flip the fabric towards the top of the hoop. Finger press the seam at the top of the hoop. Run CS 4 to topstitch the top fabrics.

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    Step 11:
    Place the 6” x 6” square of outer fabric on the front of the hoop aligning with the bottom zipper placement line and tape on the sides.

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    Step 12:
    Turn the hoop over, align the 6” x 6” lining fabric, face down, with the bottom zipper placement line and securely tape in place on the sides.

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    Step 13:
    Place a pin outside the hoop pinning the lining fabric, stabilizer and front fabric together to keep the lining from getting folded when you are putting your hoop back into the machine. Run CS 5 to seam the fabrics together.

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    Step 14:
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    Remove the tape and pin from the front fabric, spray adhesive on the back side of the front fabric and flip down into position over the original stitched bag outline. Place the pin through the stabilizer and lining fabric again. Do not flip the lining fabric down at this time.


    Step 15:
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    Run CS 6 as a placement line for the face applique.


    Step 16:
    Remove the paper backing from the face applique, spray the applique back with adhesive and position over the placement line. Run CS 7 as a tack down line for the face.

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    Step 17:
    Trim the applique as close as possible around the tack down lines, leaving the excess fabric at the bottom of the applique to remain at the bottom of the hoop. Press the applique with an applique iron.

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    Step 18:
    Run CS 8 as a placement line for the wing applique.

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    Step 19:
    Remove the paper backing from a wing applique, position over the placement line; run CS 9 to tack down the applique; trim close to the tack down line allowing the excess fabric to stay in the seam allowances. Press the trimmed applique fabric with an applique iron.

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    Step 20:
    CS 10 and 11 are placement lines for the second wing follow the procedures as outlined to attach the second wing. CS 12 will stitch the detail stitches and borders on the wings.

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    Step 21:
    Run CS 13 to stitch the border at the top of the face, this can be in any color of you desire.

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    Step 22:
    The number of appliques for the eyes will vary from design to design at this point so follow the color chart to place the eye and beak appliques as well as to embroider the eyelashes when required. After the highlights in the eyes are complete for ITHOB01, ITHOB02 or ITHOB04 are completed, or after the eyelashes are completed for ITHOB03 remove the hoop from the machine. Do not unhoop.

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    Step 23:
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    Remove the pin from the lining and stabilizer; spray adhesive on the back side of the lining and smooth over the original placement lines of the bag.


    Step 24:
    The next CS will topstitch the bag front to the zipper.

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    Step 25:
    IMPORTANT – Remove the tape from the zipper and unzip the zipper about ¾ of the way across the bag. If you skip this step you will not be able to open the bag.

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    Step 26:
    Adding a loop to the bag is optional. To add the loop fold a 4” length of grosgrain ribbon in half. As there is not much room above the zipper, I attached the loop right at the zipper. Place the loop of the ribbon towards the inside of the bag and align the raw edges with the outside edges of the fabrics.

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    Step 27:
    Tape the ribbon ends and the folded end of the loop in place. Be sure that zipper is opened ¾ of the way across the bag.

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    Step 28:
    Place the back outer fabric face down over the bag and tape into position. Run the next CS to stitch all the way around the bag.

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    Step 29:
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    Turn the hoop over, place the lining, right side down, over the back of the bag. As the tape seems to become more prone to sticking to the machine at this point tape down all four sides extending the ends of the tape around the edges of the hoop.
     


    Step 30:
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    Run the final CS to stitch around the bag leaving a 3” opening for turning.


    Step 31:
    Trim around the bag stitched lines at ¼”; trim the corners off diagonally; leave a ½” seam allowance across the opening.

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    Step 32:
    Lay the bag on a flat surface lining side up; fold back the top two layers of lining fabric and trim the remaining layers to ¼”.

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    Step 33:
    Turn the bag through the opening.

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    Step 34:
    The bag will now be lining side out. Use a turning stick to push out the corners.

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    Step 35:
    Trim the stabilizer from behind the zipper.

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    Step 36:
    Turn in the seam allowances at the opening and slip stitch shut. This doesn’t have to be too neat, no one will ever see it.

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    Step 37:
    Turn the bag right side out through the zipper again using the turning stick to push out the corners. Steam press the bag front and back.

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    Step 38:
    To add an optional zipper pull cut a 5” length of 1/8” grosgrain ribbon; fold in half and use a toothpick to push through the hole in the zipper tab.

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    Step 39:
    Feed the ends of the ribbon through the loop and pull tautly; trim the ends to the desired length.

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    Step 40:
    Congratulations your ITH Owl Bag is complete! Make all 4 styles as gifts and craft fair items.

    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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    Anonymous May 15, 2017
    So cute. I ve made five today. The instructions are so easy to follow. Thanks
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