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On-the-Edge Tote Bag
(Stitch-filled Design)

Free project instructions to embroider an on-the-edge tote bag. Free project instructions to embroider a towel border with an animal design.

Free project instructions to embroider an on-the-edge tote bag.


Animals on the Edge designs are oh-so-adorable peeking out from the bottom of a tote bag! Choose your little one's favorite animal to adorn this tote, or pick an on-the-edge design to fit a holiday or party theme.
 


Project Needs & Notes:


- 1/2 yard solid-colored lightweight canvas
  (for outer shell)
- 1/2 yard print quilter's cotton (for inner lining)
- 1/4 yard print lightweight canvas (for handles)
- Medium weight (2.5 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
- Air-erase pen for marking

The designs used in this tutorial include H3748, Peeking Bunny. Any of the Animals on the Edge designs will work well with this project.

Finished Size: 12" x 12"

Free video with instructions on how to embroider a towel border with an animal design.


Free project instructions to embroider an on-the-edge tote bag.

Using an air-erase pen, mark a 13" x 13" square on the solid-colored lightweight canvas. This will be the front of the outer shell of the tote.

Then, measure and mark 1/2" up along each side edge starting at each bottom corner. Draw a line connecting the marks.

Free project instructions to embroider an on-the-edge tote bag.
A template, or printout of a design, is an excellent tool to help with placement.

Print a template of the design from your embroidery software.
If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom's TrueSizer is
a free program to use.

Trim the template; leave an inch around the top and sides, but cut the bottom right along the edge.

Place the template on the bottom of the square, and extend it a tiny bit (about 1/16 of an inch) over the edge.

Use an air-erase pen to mark the center point, and the axis lines.

Free project instructions to embroider an on-the-edge tote bag.
Remove the templates and draw lines connecting the marks.

Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together, aligning the marks on the hoop with the lines on the fabric.

Free project instructions to embroider an on-the-edge tote bag.
Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design.

Move the hoop so that the needle is directly aligned with the center point on the fabric.

Embroider the design.

Free project instructions to embroider an on-the-edge tote bag.
When the design has finished, trim away the excess stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery.

Cut out the shape.

Free project instructions to embroider an on-the-edge tote bag.
To prepare the back of the outer shell, lay the embroidered piece on top of a second piece of canvas, right sides together.

Pin in place, and trim the fabric following the shape of the front piece.

Free project instructions to embroider an on-the-edge tote bag.

Sew a 1/2" seam along the side and bottom edges, sewing right along the bottom edge of the design on the bottom edge of the fabric.

Turn the outer shell right side out and press the seams with an iron.

Free project instructions to embroider an on-the-edge tote bag.

To prepare the handles, cut two pieces of print canvas to 22" long x 3" high.

Fold the long side edges in 1/2" to the wrong side and press.

Then, fold the fabric again to the wrong sides aligning the folded edges together as shown; press.

Sew 1/8" seams along both side edges of the handles.

Free project instructions to embroider an on-the-edge tote bag.

Add the handles to the outer shell about 2 1/2" in from each top corner of the outer shell, allowing the raw ends of the handles to extend out about 1/2" from the top edges of the fabric.

Pin in place.

Free project instructions to embroider an on-the-edge tote bag.

To prepare the inner lining, cut two pieces of print quilter's cotton to 13" x 13".

Sew the pieces together just as you did for the outer shell (1/2" seams along the side and bottom edges).

Insert the outer shell inside the inner lining, right sides together. Align the top raw edges and side seams; pin in place.

Sew a 1/2" seam along the top edge leaving about 4" open between the handles on the back of the tote.

Free project instructions to embroider an on-the-edge tote bag.

Turn the fabric right side out and insert the inner lining inside the outer shell.

Fold the fabric of the opening in 1/2", press, and pin in place.

Press the top seam, then top-stitch a 1/8" seam along the entire outer top edge of the tote.

Free project instructions to embroider an on-the-edge tote bag.

Make this DIY tote bag for a reusable grocery bag, Easter basket alternative, or party favor catch-all. Simply choose different fabrics and peeking animals to change the entire look.

Products used in this Project:

Peeking Bunny $3.99 - $5.99

Available in 3 Sizes:

8.41" x 5.86" | 6.86" x 4.78" | 3.85" x 2.68"