We had some fun playing with our Brother Sewing Machine and making the cutest Halloween Totes ever!!!! You know how the machine has all those cute stitches and you only use a few? Well here is a chance to try some different stitches on simple canvas tote bags to make them look oh so cute.
Gather your favorite Halloween stamp or maybe a fun saying that works for the Fall and Halloween timeframe like “Dare to Be Remarkable” and stamp onto the canvas. You will want to use a pigment stamping ink and they all perform a bit differently on canvas, some giving a soft light look and others might stamp very dark. You might have to try a few out before you get it right. We wish our ink was a bit darker, but this was the only pigment ink we had on hand in the studio.
Choose a tote bag that works best for your needs – from an oversized tote that is great for the weekend or the beach to a tiny tote that will hold just what you want. To see the entire offering of totes visit our shop – Totes and Bags. The straps are available in a wide range of sizes from over the shoulder to gift bag size. Some of the handles are made from the same cotton fabric as the tote and others are made with webbing, they each look great and can be sewn. 100% cotton is perfect for dying if you want to change the color of the tote or tinting it with Glimmer Mist (not washable, but perfect for adding color if washing is not in the tote bag’s future).
So what stitches to choose? Well the nice thing with canvas is you can choose any of them! The fabric stitches so well and you can choose a contrasting thread.
We choose stitches 59 & 06 for this project, but any combo would have been so fun. The black contrasting thread looks amazing on the canvas fabric.
We stitched the stamped canvas onto Canvas Corp’s French Script printed fabric. You can stamp your own background or use one of the many different printed canvas pieces, then using the 06 stitch we finished off around the frayed edge for detail and to help the stitches stay as they are if the tote was to be washed.
This simple canvas tote with great handles was ready to have a little more stitching detail, so using the 59 stitch and contrasting thread we stitched down the middle of both handles and we have to say we love the look. Choose any thread color and any design to make custom totes that look amazing. You can choose from a wide range of totes in different shapes, size, handles and handle lengths to suit your needs and the needs of your customers. Totes can also be made to fit your needs.
Love this little tote bag that is perfect for decorating with fun little sayings, your business name or maybe a monogram and filling wonderful little things.
Fill your totes with Halloween picks for the cutest display or to hide the precious gifts on the inside.
So if you have one of these great sewing machines with all kinds of stitches and have not found a project to test them out, why not give these tote bags a try? You can also so free-style sew and stitch all over the tote, we love that look too. If a tote is not what you are looking for how about canvas pillows, aprons, make-up bags, eyeglass case, stockings, coasters and more. Many of these items are also available in burlap.
Happy sewing and happy creating!!!!
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October 12, 2016 @ 11:36 am Jean Marmo
THis is just stunning!