Thursday, 6 October 2011

Machine embroidery happiness

I am looking into starting up a new creative group at my church and so I wanted to start with a little fundraising. I looked into printed T-towels and cotton shopping bags but our church isn't big enough to support the numbers required and it would have been a big outlay for a tiny profit. I got thinking and I was particularly inspired by a pattern for a shopping bag in an issue Mollie Makes.

I have been loving free machine embroidery and I re-watched a tutorial that appeared on Kirstie's Homemade Home about sewing through tracing paper and I came up with this design for a church bag to sell. One thing I like about this is I only have to make one to start with and I'm going to take orders if other people would like to buy one.

You can see the stitching a bit closer up here. I finished the design with a little fabric paint and I printed our church logo onto some special fabric that can be run through the printer and is then washable from Crafty Computer Paper.

It folds up so nicely too...


  1. Love the bag. I'm on the DT for IACW and we're looking for new DT members. Have you considered applying? I really like your blog and what you make... A really nice mix of things. Scrap Dolly is a DT member too and posted all the details. Just wondering and hope you don't mind me mentioning it.
    Mandy McK

  2. Thanks for your suggestion Mandy. I've got a few projects on the go at the moment and so I'm trying to be thoughtful about applying for DT positions. IACW looks like a great site :)

  3. Thanks for your thoughtful reply, Emy. DTs are a huge commitment as you know. Kind regards,