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How to create a personalized tote bag with cross stitch

We have brought in a couple of new items for our shop: tote bags and water-soluble canvas (which essentially is a plastic with holes).

The special canvas makes it possible for you to make perfect cross stitch on everything. Design your pattern in our shop, add the water-soluble canvas to your cart and choose an item worthy to add some stitching flare.

So today I'm going to show you have to transfer your embroidery pattern on to a tote bag! A beautiful AND practical way to use your embroidery!


(You can get this specific tote bag kit here)

How to do it:

1. Place the tote bag in front of you. Iron the bag if needed. When stitching cross-stitch you usually start from the middle and work your way to the sides. This helps you both to count stitches and to keep your stitched item centred.

The least complicated way to find the center of the tote bag is to fold it in half and start from crease that develops. Place the water-soluble canvas on the area you want to embroider . Pin it down and fix the canvas with a baste thread ( pic 1).

2. It is now time to start your stitching. The soluble canvas bends very easy and when doing that creates small pockets of air between the fabric and the canvas. When stitching smaller motifs that should not be a problem but when stitching bigger motifs it is easy to loure the eye and stitch on the wrong file. To avoid this to happen, stretch your canvas and pin it straight every time you start on a new row.

3. When done with your motif, remove the baste thread. This is now the magic happens! Lower the bag down in warm water approximately 40°C and let it soak for 5-10 minutes. Rinse it very well afterwards, and voila, you now got your very own custom made tote bag.

And the best part: you got a cross-stitch motif totally lacking every sign of the obvious holes you get when stitching on aida.

Best of luck!

Sincerely yours

Elisa Marban Flink Xx