August 04, 2019
A: Front panel to be completed 1st (pockets)
Stitch 1st Color stop. This is a running stitch indicating where the batting (1st layer) and fabric (2d layer) must be placed on top of the hooped stabilizer.
Note that the batting must be slightly smaller and the fabric slightly larger than the indicated running stitch.
Stitch 3d Color stop onward. The design will now be stitched – see color chart included in your PDF (in the zip file, you received with your download)
Attach hoop to embroidery machine and stitch the penultimate Color Stop. This is where the lining will be stitched with a running stitch to the indicated area in the hoop.
Remove hoop and turn around again. Cut away excess fabric. Attach hoop to embroidery machine.
Last color stop will be the satin outline. Important: As this will be the pocket, you will notice the U shape satin is very narrow. This will be covered in-the-hoop in the steps to follow.
B: Back panel will now be completed (keep finished front panels ready)
Cut away excess fabric from the front.
The following color stop is a running stitch the same shape as the pocket top.This will be used as guide when the 2 panels are combined as one.
Turn around the hoop. Reverse side facing you.
Spray adhesive spray (to the back area) and attach the fabric you will be using aslining.
C: Pocket will be now attached to back panel "IN-THE-HOOP"
With adhesive spray line up the pocket from the bottom of the back panel.
The top of the pocket should be more or less on the indicated running stitch visible on the back panel.
The bottom of the pocket should align as close as possible to the bottom of the back panel.
Double underlays will secure the panels in place - before the neat satin stitch will cover the underlay stitching.
Your first pocket is finished!
This is what the back or inside will look like.
D: Construction of your TOTE BAG
Lay out all the panels as indicated on the picture.
Stitch front panels together. Do the same with the back panels.
Attach the webbing (handles) to top of back and front panels.
Lay out the joined panels again to see how they will fit.
Stitch the front and back panels to the side/base strip as indicated in this picture.
The neat and easy way to do this is by starting from the top and close the sideseam from top to inside base of the TOTE BAG.
Starting from the top...
Close all 4 side seams and your TOTE BAG is finished.
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