Friday, 30 March 2012

Embroidery designed purse

Back on the blogging scene after a long hiatus.

It’s a beginning of a new life post marriage. I try to recall mom’s recipes, resource managing tactics, budgeting, inventory of items and so much more.
I now realize I have become my mom’s replica, my idol in true sense. 

It was in 90’s when mom used to sit with these Assami ladies at the military cantonment and learnt knitting. She has since mastered all the forms of thread work.

I used to hate it when she told me to roll out balls out of the twisted woollen yarn that she brought from the market. Little did I realize then that someday I would develop the same liking? This post is dedicated to my mom.

As I teach some basic stitches to my students, thought of being creative, went ahead and designed a handmade, embroidered purse.

You will need: felt cloth: ½ meter, embroidery thread, needle, scissor and polyfiber sheet-1/2 meter, white fabric -1/2 meter, 

embellishments of your choice.

 Take a ½ meter felt cloth and fold it into half.

Cut out a rough outline of the desired shape of the purse on a piece of paper, which will then be placed on the folded felt material and cut accordingly.

 Below you can see the cut out of the felt fabric. You can make any desired shape of the fabric for the purse.

Make equidistant lines with the pencil on the felt, which makes stitching easier.
I have made 5 equidistant rows on the front side of the fabric. 

I have used 2 types of stitches in alternate rows which are then decorated with some colorful embellishments.

1) Herringbone stitch: it will be easy for you all to do these stitches if you refer to the link below.I have been referring to her website for a while now and love the way she has presented  the different stitches.

2) Running whipped stitch: it’s the easiest of the designs and comes out well if used with good color combination.
link below explains the steps for the running whipped stitch.

Between the whipped stitches I have done a double cross stitch with the white thread.

This is how the front side of the purse looks with alternate’s stitches and decorated with embellishments.

  After that the embroidery is done, it’s time to assemble the fabric into a purse.

To make the purse more durable I have used a thin sheet of polyfiber which you always find in the form of shirt inserts.

Cut the polyfiber and white cotton fabric to the shape of the purse. 

Now cut 3-4 inches of cylindrical felt fabric to form the joint and also increase the width of the purse.

With the help of a sewing machine stitch the 3 layers of felt, polyfiber and white cloth together and then attach the joints on the sides like the picture below.

 This is how the purse should look after stitching.

This is how the purse looks on the back side.

Lastly the zipper to be attached on the open end to make the bag more secure.
Thus your purse is ready.

It always gives me a feeling of content and pride to come out with such creative things.

See you soon.

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