I love getting promotional bags when I go to events. Sometimes large companies will reward customers with neat products like this bag. It came with a branded patch on it and luckily it was stitched and not glued to the bag. I actually got two bags and thought I would customize one and gift it to a dear friend who is expecting.
This is a really neat baby bag because the bottom zipper compartment is a cooler. The top netting area is large enough to hold lots of items. I think it would be perfect to hold bottles in the bottom. Diapers, wipes and a change of clothes will fit nicely in the top. Having airflow in the top is a great idea for baby items that might need a washing. You know babies go through lots of clothes. I first removed the branded patch and measured the stitching area.
I used my embroidery software to digitize a new patch with the baby's name and then my Echidna hooping station assisted with hooping. I did not use any stabilizer because the fabric of the bag had more than enough stiffness to it. Sometimes I will do this if I feel stabilizer is not needed.
The Mighty Hoop holds everything together very well. It is ready to load onto the embroidery machine.
The PolyPatch Twill from DIME is a perfect material to make this patch. It is already stabilized and this multipack has a lot of color choices. I did use white so it would match the trim of the bag.
Here is the end result and what a beautiful patch! I even added a cute butterfly in the corner of the design. It always amazes me to see simple embroidery designs elevate ready made items.
If you have embroidery software, you can create your own patches. I have a video below that shows how I digitized the patch and then the stitch out. Take a look at it to get inspired to customize your own bag. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work.
This summer has been a busy time for me with my quilt making. I have done several donated quilts and this is the third free Quilt of Valor pattern in my series. It can be completed using a panel or large scale fabrics. Visit my link here to see several projects you can sew and donate.
I was lucky enough to have this panel gifted to me for the purpose of sewing a quilt to be donated. The panel was not totally intact so I did get creative with using it in the corners of the quilt. The printed squares were 16 inches finished so this one was very easy and quick to piece together. I also used the narrow areas in the borders of the quilt. All other parts of the Quilt Of Valor were from additional fabrics my friend sent along with this panel.
There was even a block in the fabric I received. It became a focal center of the quilt with patriotic sashing and cornerstones. You could instead use a large scale print or part of your panel for the center. Remember it is your quilt so do what makes you happy. The pattern shows the measurements required for cutting all pieces but you are the designer.
Here are the borders using the remainder of the panel. Careful placement in the middle of each side really shows off the text.
Do you press your quilt top and back before loading it on your longarm frame? This really prepares your quilt in a way that makes it easily accessible. I will mark the top left corner of the front and backing with a safety pin also before hanging it on a hanger. The back is squared nicely so there is an even edge to pin to the leaders. Orienting large pieces of fabric that have been marked already ensures they are loaded properly on the frame cutting down on prep time. Seeing this hanging next to my longarm excites me so much more than a rolled up wad of fabric and batting that has to be measured, trimmed and pressed. Your longarm quilter may require this as a step so make sure you read their fine print when sending your quilt off to be finished.
Quilted and trimmed right on the longarm frame. Ready to be bound. This top goes very quickly because of the 16 inch block sizes. Using a panel or large scale fabric and pulling solids from your stash will be so satisfying.
Simple, but sometimes less is more. Have I inspired you to sew a Quilt of Valor using a panel in your stash? Get the Free Pattern here. Look for my first QOV1 free pattern here and my second Free One Block Picket Quilt Of Valor Pattern here. Watch the video below showing this panel project from beginning to end. I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you learn and are generous with what you create. Someone will appreciate your hard work.
Lagniappe Peddler believes that the process of working with our hands can be one of the best forms of healing the hurts in our lives and welcomes all who visit this safe little corner of the world.
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