Stupendous Stitching: Adventures in Surface Design »
Instructionsbasic sewing knowledge required, basic knowledge of basic tote construction also required; hand embroidery.
Type of item: Accessory
Style: Funky, Whimsical, Cute, Casual
Cotton fabrics, double fold bias tape, misc. trims, pearl cotton, accent button, fusible fleece, Wonder Under, misc. threads (I used many varigated threads), a sewing machine that does decorative stitching.
What was your inspiration?
Just learned that our new grandbaby is a girl, so I'm switching gears from gender neutral to all things girlie! I wanted to make a small baby tote - useful for those quick trips with baby when a full on diaper bag isn't needed. My daughter is an artist and is not traditional in her taste - loves artsy things and bright colors - truly loving color in general - her favorite being lime green. I hit my stash - found this great lime green fabric, pulled out the trims and started stitching!
What are you most proud of?
I am very happy with the finished product - considering I didn't use a pattern to construct the tote - although it's a basic box-style design - it was not difficult. I added pockets inside to slip in those basic of baby necessities. I realize this tote doesn't scream "baby" - it doesn't even whisper it, but that was my intent from the start (It could be used for many purposes). I plan to fill it up with some baby basics for gift-giving. With the baby shower next week, I can't wait to see my daughter's reaction and hope she loves it as much as I do!
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
This project was not difficult - just took time in measurements and planning for construction of the tote and making sure my stupendous stitching was the appropriate size. Taking it one step at a time - this project took several hours over 2 days. I say go for it! I LOVE Stupendous Stitching.