My gift to you. Feel free to use this to your heart’s content. I uploaded it to the Brother Canvas Cloud, resized, and cut out using my Brother Scan n Cut. Then I stitched it on using Simply Applique software – a module of BES4 that can be purchased separately. Bag instructions are below. I had some canvas laying around so I put it to good use! My original thought was to also applique the “Happiness is…” lettering but decided that it was too small. However, you can have that svg as well if you like. I ended up just embroidering the letters. The font is 1″ Evangeline from Designs by JuJu. The heart is a shape from the Canvas cloud or you can use one that’s inside the Scan N Cut. In the video, I used two different software programs because I prefer to do embroidery lettering in Embrilliance and use BX fonts. There are fonts in Simply Applique (BES4) but I didn’t care for those.
There were issues with being able to access the svg files from inside the Word document for my viewers, so…$300 later for a WordPress upgrade (just throw money at it, right?) I’ve created individual download files for the svg’s. So ignore the part in the video about moving the files from the Word doc to your computer. Just click the Download buttons below and they will be in your Downloads folder.
The tote bag was very straight forward and I pulled the design and size from thin air. To sew the straps, I cut two 4″-wide strips that were approx 40 inches long. I ironed a crease down the center and then folded the sides into the center and stitched down each side 1/8″ from the edge.
The body of the bag is 16″ x 29″. (No reason for that odd number). I folded it in half widthwise and stitched up the side and bottom. I did the same for the lining but cut it to 15.5″ x 29″. After embroidering, I turned the lining right side out and tucked the outside of the bag inside out into the lining so the wrong sides of the bag were together. I folded over the top 1/2″ edge of the outside of the bag and matched up the side seams. I stitched in the handles at a 1/2″ seam allowance measuring in 3″ from the outer edges and turned the bag right side out.
Then I made sure the handles were straight from the top of the bag and stitched around again 1/8″ from the top. I used a 90/14 Schmetz jeans top stitch needle and Dual Duty jeans top stitching thread. I needed all the extra oomph to get through all those layers of canvas.
I seriously love how it turned out! Thanks for reading!