Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day
An everyday canvas tote embellished with ribbon and lace makes a great gift or dolls up a book or beach tote. Other ornamentals such as flowers or buttons can be added for additional charm.
- Canvas tote
- Velvet ribbon
- Coordinating all-purpose thread
- Rhinestone button or flowers (optional)
- VIVO™ by SINGER® Create & Repair Machine
scissors, tape measure, iron and pressing surface, straight pins, needle
Measure width of the tote from edge to edge; add one inch to measurement. Cut one length of each trim (lace and ribbon) from these measurements.
Fold under 1/2″ on each raw edge of trim to the wrong side. Press.
Position lace 1 inch from top edge of tote, pinning in place to secure.
Position ribbon on top of lace, centering horizontally; pin in place to secure.
Insert appropriate needle into VIVO™ Create & Repair machine for fabric to be sewn.
Set machine for straight stitch.
Thread top of machine and bobbin with all-purpose thread in color that matches or blends as closely as possible to color of lace.
Carefully stitch along edge on all four sides of velvet ribbon. Be sure to remove pins as you sew. (Note: The more slowly you sew the more control you have guiding the fabric while stitching.) The presser foot will help guide the fabric evenly while stitching.
Backstitch at beginning and end of stitching to help secure the thread in place. (Note: Backstitching secures the machine stitching so the threads do not become loose and pull out. It is done by reversing a few stitches on top of or just next to those machine stitches at the beginning or end of a line of machine sewing. )
Remove tote from machine. Trim thread tails.
For added embellishments, hand-sew rhinestone button or flowers in place.
- If trying to choose between two colors of thread, opt for the darker color which will usually blend in better than a lighter color.
by Singer (www.singerco.com)