Show off your love of books — and devotion to book club — with a bag toting all of your favorite reads. It’s one of those fun projects you can add to as you cross books off your list. Keep your embroidery materials nearby and you can even stitch new titles while discussing the latest read!
Embroidered Book Club Tote Bag
What You Need
- Canvas tote (buy one or make your own )
- Transfer pen
- Embroidery floss (as many colors as you want)
- Embroidery scissors
- Embroidery needle
- Embroidery hoop
Shop the Kit
1. Choose Your Book Titles
Using a transfer pen, write your favorite book titles onto the front of your canvas tote. You can either fill the entire tote, or leave room to add more as you cross books off your reading list.
Use any font design you’d like — we alternated between cursive and print. If you have a favorite computer font you’d like to use, a lightbox will help you transfer the design.
2. Hoop Up
Place your tote in between the inner and outer hoops, so the titles you want to start stitching are inside the circle. (It’s OK if they don’t all fit — you may need to move the hoop around as you go.) Tighten the nut at the top of the hoop. Alternate pulling the fabric taut and tightening the nut until the fabric is taut like a drum.
If you’re having trouble tightening your fabric, flip your hoop over and pull all around the edges from the back to give you some extra oomph.
3. Stitch Your First Title
Take your first color of embroidery floss and separate it into three strands, then thread your needle.
Begin to stitch your first title using a split stitch. To create a split stitch, bring your needle up from the back and take a single stitch along the line you are working on. Come up through the back again, bringing the needle through the first stitch and splitting the fibers. Go back down to complete the stitch.
Good to Know
Split stitch isn’t your only option — these stitches are also great for adding personality to your hand embroidered letters.
4. Finish the Title
When you’ve completed a title, instead of tying the knot to finish you can bury the end of the floss into previous stitches. This keeps the end piece of floss secure, while providing a smoother finish to your project.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 for all the titles on your tote, moving your hoop around as needed. Feel free to use the same colored floss for all, or mix it up however you see fit — different colors for different letters, titles, etc only let your personality shine!
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