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Holiday Bag Ties

Holiday Bag Ties

Add a little pizzazz to a holiday bag by stitching mini embroidery designs on the ends of ribbon.

Choose your ribbon and length. Hoop tear away stabilizer. I mark on my stabilizer using a fix stitch so I know exactly where the design is going to sew. Tape the ribbon to extend over the area that will be stitched and catch in the stitching. I put the tape above the stitch location so that I can peel it off easily after the design is done. Using a spray adhesive, place a piece of felt on the bottom of the hoop covering the area that will stitch. Secure a piece of felt that will cover the area that you will stitch on top as well. Place hoop on embroidery machine making sure that the felt is flat on bottom. Stitch the design. Repeat for the other end of the ribbon with the design moved to another location in the hoop where it can stitch completely. Once both ends of the ribbon have the design stitched to them, carefully tear away from hoop. Cut excess felt around the design being careful not to cut the ribbon. Tie the ribbon on your bag and gift to family and friends.

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Scrappy Ruffle Bag

Scrappy Ruffle Bag

If you are like me, you have a mountain of scraps so scrappy projects are necessary to relieve the build up.  I used a striped fabric to line this bag that helped guide me to sew the ruffles on straight.  Seemed to work pretty well.  It would also work to draw lines on an existing canvas bag to stitch ruffles to.  Can one have too many ruffles?