Once your bag is quilted, it's time for the finishing touches. See how to close the sides, add a strap and sew the inner pocket using ladder stitches. Finally, close your bag with a sew-in snap to complete it. Now you're ready to show it off!
Learn clever ways to mark quilting patterns and set yourself up for smooth stitching. Start with grid-based designs, from basic sawtooth to curvy clamshell, and see how to mark using chalk or water-soluble pens. Afterwards, find out how to use transfer paper and a tracing wheel to mark diamond and fan designs.
Discover two smart ways to thread your needle as you explore the mechanics of big-stitch quilting. See how to pop your knots to the inside as you finish each thread. Jessica shares tips for efficient stitching in multiple passes, allowing you to find your flow as you go.
Jessica guides you to sew the three sections of the bag together to form a color-blocked outer clutch. After that, assemble the top, quilt batting and lining to create the clutch. Topstitch in a few key spots to simplify construction later.
Start by choosing the fabrics for your project, keeping in mind the quilting designs you'll select later. Pick one of three flap shapes: envelope, curved or straight. Then prepare and cut your fabric pieces.
Learn the basics of big-stitch hand-quilting as you create a cute clutch handbag (with optional strap), which makes a great beginner project. Fiber artist Jessica Marquez walks you through the process,. Choose from a variety of flap shapes, stitch patterns and fabrics for a one-of-a-kind quilted creation.
Jessica  Marquez
Jessica Marquez
Take traditional embroidery and turn it on its head with one key tool: the punch needle. Also known as needle punching, the craft uses embroidery floss or yarn to create bold texture and beautiful designs on monk's cloth. Fiber fanatics can't got enough of the fun, easy-to-learn technique, so get in on the craze with one (or all!) of the projects below.
Got more canvas tote bags than you know what to do with? Rather than let them pile up in the closet, give 'em new life with a stencil and paint.
Here's the thing: there shouldn't be anything plain about your tote bag. No matter if you've sewn one yourself or bought one at the store, there are a ton of ways you can make it match your style.
Traditional Easter baskets are so overdone. With this cute bunny tote bag in hand, your kiddo is practically guaranteed to find all the eggs (and look so cute along the way).
Beth Galvin
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