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    Felt bag decorated with machine embroidery

    Felt bag decorated with machine embroidery

    Felt is a wonderful fabric. You can decorate items with it or use it for sewing bags. I sewed this bag without a ready pattern or complicated calculations, by the eye. My pattern consisted of three rectangular panels and two stripes, cut out of felt. The bag was embellished with machine embroidery and decorative trim. A tip: you can choose any other machine embroidery design from our shop and make your bag look casual or romantic.

    Felt, pink threads and ribbon, and lace

    Felt bag decorated with machine embroidery. Materials

    • Decorative felt
    • Bright cotton fabric
    • Tearaway nonadhesive stabilizer
    • Water-soluble stabilizer (film)
    • Upper thread
    • Underthread
    • Machine embroidery design
    • Embroidery or sewing and embroidery machine
    • Embroidery machine hoop and template

    Felt bag decorated with machine embroidery. Embroidery process

    Out of felt, cut a rectangle size 18 x 22 cm. This will make a panel for your future bag. You’ll need three such panels. Two of them will make the bag, and the third will become a flap cover.

    Tearaway nonadhesive stabilizer

    Piece of felt with alignment lines

    Hoop the cutaway nonadhesive stabilizer, sprinkle it with a temporary spray adhesive and press the felt to it. Cover the felt with a piece of water-soluble film. In the embroidery editor, add a basting stitch outline to the design. 

    Load the design into your embroidery machine and hit the start button.

    Stabilized felt in embroidery frame

    Piece of felt in embroidery frame with water-soluble on top

    I used a common polyester thread; though it is not recommended for machine embroidery as a rule, you can use it in some cases. After you've used cotton or polyester threads, clean the shuttle thoroughly.

    Blue balloon embroidered on felt

    Winnie-the-Pooh's paw embroidered on felt

    Winnie-the-Pooh with blue balloon and bee embroidery

    Change the thread colors in accordance with the chart.

    Piglet embroidery design on machine's screen

    Two pieces of felt with Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet

    Felt bag decorated with machine embroidery: sewing

    Before joining the panels, remove the water-soluble stabilizer: it will tear easily after the embroidery. Round the corners of the two panels constitute the bag. Round the corners of the panel intended for the flap. Finish the edge with decorative trim.

    Winnie-the-Pooh stabilizer being torn off

    Felt with lace trimming

    Cut out a strip of fabric 4 cm wide to make a strap for your bag. Adorn it with a strip of fabric or decorative trim. Out of the fabric, cut out the lining. Turn in the seam allowance on the edges and baste.

    Felt and fabric strap for a bag

    Red and white striped lining for the bag

    Attach the two parts of a magnetic clasp to the front side of the bag and the flap. Lay the lining and the flap together with their wrong sides facing each other and tack them down in order to avoid shifting during stitching.

    Bag panel with magnetic clamp

    Red and white striped lining for the bag wrong side

    Felt bag panel with lining and clamp

    You may sew from the front or the back. When joining the panels, use a hemmer foot or an omni-purpose foot. Stitch your flap to the back side of the bag.

    Felt bag with machine embroidery and lace trimming

    Felt and lining stitched together

    Felt bag with Winnie-the-Pooh embroidery

    Cut out a strip 6 cm wide for the side. Stitch this strip first to the back side of the bag, then to the front. Before sewing the felt panels, baste them first.

    Felt bag side

    Felt bag with lace trimming strap

    Felt bag with Piglet

    Your felt bag decorated with machine embroidery is ready!

    Felt bag with lace trimming and Piglet embroidery

    Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet embroidered felt bag

    Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet machine embroidered bag with lace trimming

    Original text by Irina Lisitsa

    Edited by Irina

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