Embroidered Denim Tote Blank

Hello everyone!! February is here, and I’m pretty excited about it. There are so many things happening this month. It’s Black History Month, Valentine’s Day is in a couple of days, and it’s also National Embroidery Month.

I have so many projects in store for this month. Today, I’m sharing my brand new embroidered denim tote. It looks so cute, and it’s pretty simple to do.

Take a look at my Embroidered Denim Tote:

Live in the Moment: Finished Product

Embroidery adds character to any simple item. I love the white on dark blue.

Here’s what you need:

Materials:

Live in the Moment File
White Isacord Thread
OESD Heavy Weight Tear Away Stabilizer
OESD Expert Embroidery Scissors
Dime Target Stickers
Denim Tote Blank
Embroidery Machine
Sewing Machine

Live in the Moment: Materials

Here’s how to make this denim tote:

Step one: Download the design

Download the design in the file format that your embroidery machine uses. I’m using my Ricoma EM1010, so I downloaded the DST file format.

Step two: Hoop the tote and stabilizer

This denim tote is perfect for this project because the side seams are open, so you can hoop it with ease.

To find the center, fold the tote in have on the long side and the short side and creased the seams.

Place a sticker where the two folds met.

Use the crease lines to line up the arrows on your hoop (in my case, the holes) to make sure the fabric is centered in the hoop.

Live in the Moment: Hoop the tote and stabilizer

Attach the hoop to the machine.

Step three: Export and set up the machine

Export and set up the machine to get ready to stitch the design.

Make sure the needle is positon right above the sticker to make sure it’s centered.

Trace out the design to make sure the presser foot will not hit the hoop.

Step four: Stitch out the design

Since this design was set up to use one color, press start, and the embroidery machine will do the rest.

Live in the Moment: Stitch out the design

Live in the Moment: Stitch out the design

Step Five: Unhoop and clean up the design

Now it’s time to unhoop the blank and clean it up.

Since it’s a tote, just take your time and tear the stabilizer around the design, leaving the stabilizer inside the design.

Cut the threads that you see.

Step Six: Sew the side seams

Iron the tote.

Turn the tote inside out and sew the side seams; remember to backstitch at the beginning.

Done! Your tote is ready to go.

Live in the Moment: Finished Product

This tote is perfect to give as a gift or keep as your own.

Supplies used:

There are some compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. 

Ricoma Embroidery Machine EM 1010    Bernina 570QE

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Hugs and Kisses Embroidered Tea Towels

Hello everyone! Happy New Year to all of you! I’m so happy to see all of you in 2021. I’m here today to share my new Hugs and Kisses Embroidered Tea Towels.

I know it’s just January, but Valentine’s Day is really right around the corner. So, why not get ready, now? Why not decorate the house with cute valentine’s day decor or dress up with love on your mind. For the next couple of posts, I will share with you a bunch of different Valentine’s Day goodies.

Ready? Let’s go!

Take a look at my Hugs and Kisses Embroidered Tea Towels:

Hugs and Kisses Embroidered: Finished Product

 

I love how these turned out. The colors are amazing and I love how they aren’t the traditional red and white either. These will look great in any home.

Here you go:

Materials

Hugs and Kisses Embroidery File
OESD PolyMesh CutAway White
OESD Expert Embroidery Scissors
Isacord Thread Corsage 1840
Isacord Thread Baccarat Green 5115
Isacord Thread Bright Ruby 2300
Isacord Thread Black 0020
Dime Target Stickers
Ricoma EM1010
Tea Towel Blanks

Here’s How to Make Them:

Step one: Download the design

Download the design in the file format that your embroidery machine uses. I’m using my Ricoma EM1010 so I downloaded the DST file format.

Step two: Adjust the design size and orientation to fit your hoop

I want the design to stitch out in the middle of the tea towel, I adjusted the size to fit the middle section of the tea towel.

I also turned my design upside down so that it will stitch out in the correct orientation. That is because I want the excess tea towel to fall in front of the bobbin case, not behind it.

Step three: Export the design

Depending on the embroidery software your using, export the design to your flash drive according to that software instruction.

Step four: Hoop the tea towel

Hugs and Kisses Embroidered: Hoop the tea towel

Decide on where you want the design to stitch out.

Find the center of the area by folding the tea towel in half longways and by the short side.

Hugs and Kisses Embroidered: Hoop the tea towel

I use sticker dots instead of making the center with a pen. It’s removable and does not leave a mark at all.

Hugs and Kisses Embroidered: Hoop the tea towel

Place the bottom of the hoop down first. Then place the Polymesh stabilizer on top of that.

Hugs and Kisses Embroidered: Hoop the tea towel

Next up is the tea towel, take your time as to not move the stabilizer, and place it straight and even. The last step is to place the top of the hoop over the sandwich, lining up the fold markings on the tea towel with the markings on the hoop.

Hugs and Kisses Embroidered: Hoop the tea towel

Do not pull or stretch the towel because that could cause the stitches to pucker.

Make sure the stabilizer is hooped on all sides.

Step five: Stitch out the design

Set the machine to stitch out the design according to your machine’s instructions.

Hugs and Kisses Embroidered: Stitch out the design

Having a multi-needle machine makes it easier to do a thread color change with ease.

Hugs and Kisses Embroidered: Stitch out the design

Hugs and Kisses Embroidered: Stitch out the design

Totally amazing design! It looks amazing on this white tea towel.

Hugs and Kisses Embroidered: Stitch out the design

This design has over 20,000 stitches and it took 30 minutes to stitch out at a speed of 750.

Step Six: Unhoop and clean up the design

Now it’s time to unhoop the tea towel and clean it up.

Hugs and Kisses Embroidered: Unhoop and clean up the design

 

Since a cut-away stabilizer was used, now it’s time to cut the excess away and cut the threads.

Hugs and Kisses Embroidered: Unhoop and clean up the design

Hugs and Kisses Embroidered: Unhoop and clean up the design

Now that is done, the tea towel is ready for use!

Let’s take another look:

Hugs and Kisses Embroidered: Finished Product

Just in case you don’t know what tea towels are used for, here’s a list:

  1. Give them as a gift
  2. Wrap baked goods or gifts
  3. Line your serving tray
  4. Decorate the table
  5. Use as a hot pad or as a potholder
  6. Store your clean, wet dishes
  7. Drying dishes
  8. Replace paper towels
  9. Repurpose them (next blog post)

So what do you think? Will you create your own embroidery tea towels? I would love to know and please share your finished products.

Supplies used:

There are some compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. 

Be Mine Ricoma Embroidery Machine EM 1010

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