Monday, July 13, 2009

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

I was thinking... A novel idea for a Bride would be a tote bag that she could use to collect her Shower and Wedding cards.

The Wedding colors are to be black, white, and citron. The invitation had this motif in a repeating pattern. I scanned and enlarged it, then digitized it with Bernina Artista 5 embroidery software.

The little hankie is OLD and was 25 cents from the thrift store. The fabric was NEW (also a bargain from the thrift store). The motif was BORROWED from their wedding invitation. And there is a tiny BLUE
button holding the decorative bow in place.

I cut the hankie diagonally and stitched it back together leaving an opening for the ribbon drawstring. It is stitched to the inside of the bag and folded over to the outside of the tote bag to cover the raw edges. It was then straight stitched into place and ribbon was sewn over this stitching.
Two loops of picot ribbon were threaded in opposite directions through the casing. The ribbon ends were sewn together and pulled well inside the casing.
*Tip: When sewing narrow ribbon or elastic, overlap the ends and place under the sewing foot vertically to the bed of the sewing machine. Use the serpentine (or similar) stitch set at W-5-9 and L-0. The sewing machine needle will step across the width of the ribbon without being "swallowed" by the opening in the throat plate.

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