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Photo Tutorial on How To Stitch Quilt Blocks together

To make this Tote Bag you need:

  1. Embroidery Thread – Thread codes are Marathon Rayon.
  2. Embroidery Stabilizer – We recommend 1 layer “cut away” stabilizer
  3. Optional: Batting of your choice – we used 1 thin layer.
  4. Fabic for the outside of the bag
  5. Contrast fabric for lining (inside).

* For the 4*4 hoop Tote you need a piece of fabric approx 25″ x 25″

* For the 5*5 hoop Tote you need a piece of fabric approx 31″ x 31″

  1. Handles: You can make your own, Use a fancy Trim/Ribbon or buy ready made Handles from your local supplier.
  2. Optional: We added a Closure (button and elastic or store bought closure)

Embroidery Steps :

 Choose between 4*4 hoop OR 5*5 hoop size.

  • Hoop the following 3: Cut-away stabilizer 1st, then place a small square batting 2d in the center of the stabilizer and 3d place the Fabric on top of these.
  • Stitch out a Total of 22 Blocks.

  • Cut all 22 Blocks the same size. For our 4*4 hoop designs we cut all our squares 6″.
  • Cut away the stabilizer, as well as the batting from the back of the design.

  • We will stitch the blocks together in the order mentioned in your download.
  • 11 Blocks will create each panel of your Tote Bag

Sewing Steps :

  • To stitch 2 blocks together, place them on top of each other. Right sides facing each other.
  • Line up the corners to match as closely as possible. Pin and stitch with a straight stitch. I used a Stitch Length of 2.5
  • Stitch only 1 side.

  • Do the same to complete a row of 4 blocks and a row of 5 blocks.
  • Open all seams by ironing them.

  • To stitch together the 1st and 2d row, place the 2 blocks in the center of the 4 blocks

  • Line up all the corners, pin and stitch with a straight stitch

  • In the same manner you will join all the rows to complete your Tote Bag.
  • Your download includes a complete Photo Tutorial.

 

Tote Bags completed using this Technique:

Takara Sashiko Quilt Blocks and Tote Bag

Taney Sashiko Quilt Blocks and Tote Bag

Keiko Sashiko Quilt Blocks and Tote Bag

Kikko Sashiko Quilt Blocks and Tote Bag

Cherry Blossom Sashiko Quilt Blocks and Tote Bag

Tamar Quilt Blocks and Tote Bag

Japanese Sashiko Quilt Blocks and Tote Bag

Tabetha Quilt Blocks and Tote Bag

Gossamer Rose Tote

Tessa Tote Gentle Butterflies

Taylor Tote Bag Square Quilted Blocks

Tutorial AST0040 Quilted Book Cover

1. How to make a Book Cover from Fabric: You can decide to embroider only the front OR front and back of your Book Cover. We chose 2 different Designs from our FEATHER FOUNTAIN QUILT Collection. For an A5 Book you need Fabric measuring approx: 18″ (46cm) width x 9.5″ (24cm) height.

2. After your Embroidery Design is complete, you can either overlock or zigzag the outer edge – All around.

3. With the Embroidered side facing you, fold the sides as shown in the image. 

4. The width of the Cover should measure not less than 12.4″ (31.5cm) after both sides are folded in. Pin to keep in place.

5. Secure the 2 folded sides with a straight stitch on your sewing machine (hand stitches will work as well). Notice that the straight stitch should run approx 0.8″ (2cm) from the top and bottom edge. 

6. As indicated in the images, only 4 sections need to be stitched, to keep the front and back flap in place.

7. Turn the Cover inside out. Use a sharp object eg letter opener or wooden skewer to push all 4 corners out.

8. Insert your Book and you have a Beautiful Quilted Book Cover.

9. I decided to Embellish this Cover with a Heart Shape Button. 

10. The Elastic can be stitched to the back cover to Create a closure.

For a wider variety of Designs please visit www.astitchahalf.com. I would love to see your Book Covers, so please send your Project Photos to me at annemarie@astitchahalf.com Enjoy your Project! Annemarie

CUPCAKE TUTORIAL – Applique

Cupcake in Embroidery

Cupcake Applique Tutorial

 

A. Start by hooping your FABRIC or GARMENT. Use the correct STABILIZER for the fabric. In this Tutorial we used WHITE FELT with 1 x layer of TEAR AWAY STABILIZER For the CUPCAKE DESIGN we used 3 different COLORS of felt

 

COLOR STOP 1 = Stitch the 1st COLOR STOP = a Running Stitch

 

Place the FABRIC to cover the OUTLINE. COLOR STOP 2 = The Fabric will be secured by the next running stitch Once the fabric is secured – remove the hoop and place on a flat surface.

 

Cut away the excess fabric. Place hoop back and stitch COLOR STOP 3

 

COLOR STOP 3 = A Satin Outline will cover the edge

 

COLOR STOP 4 = Stitch the 4st COLOR STOP = a Running Stitch

 

COLOR STOP 5 = The Fabric will be secured by the next running stitch Once the fabric is secured – remove the hoop and place on a flat surface.

 

Cut away the excess fabric.

 

Place hoop back and stitch COLOR STOP 6 COLOR STOP 6 = A Satin Outline will cover the edge

 

COLOR STOP 7 = Stitch the 7th COLOR STOP = a Running Stitch

 

COLOR STOP 8 = The Fabric will be secured by the next running stitch Once the fabric is secured – remove the hoop and place on a flat surface. Cut away the excess fabric.

 

Place hoop back and stitch COLOR STOP 9

 

COLOR STOP 9 = A Satin Outline will cover the edge. Stitch COLOR STOP 10 through 13 to complete the Design.

 

Cut away the jump stitches.

 

Cupcake in Embroidery

Cupcake Applique Tutorial