It is time for Week 6 of our Connecting Threads 12 Weeks of Christmas celebration. That means we are halfway to the holidays, hopefully with some fun gifts already made! For my contribution this week, the Timeless Tote, I updated the appliqué on a tote bag from CT‘s past. I wanted a design, part traditional and part whimsical, to accompany our lovely Lasting Legacies collection.
The first step was to mark center and diagonal lines for aligning the appliqué on the front of the Timeless Tote. Also, I printed the appliqué placement guide on a sheet of transparency film (clear sheets used with AV projectors in school) with my inkjet printer and laid it over the pieces to further aide positioning them. Next, I ironed the fusible web to the back of the fabric, traced the template shapes, cut them out, and layered the pieces starting with the stems and leaves.
After fusing the flower pieces, I secured the appliqué edges with matching Essential threads and a blanket stitch. I chose to quilt the top layer of the tote bag (optional) with stippling and a layer of batting; the lining would be added later.
The Yo-Yos were too large for the center flower so I found 1/2″ buttons the purplish-blue color in two of the fabrics and sewed them on with yellow-gold thread. The Fly Away Tote pattern, included with Timeless Tote pattern, provides instruction to complete the bag.
If you decide to participate in our Christmas fun, we would LOVE to see how your projects turn out. If you’re on Pinterest, upload your picture and tag it with #12WOC. Any images with that tag on them will be seen by our team and re-pinned to our board! Of course, we would also love to see your pictures on our Facebook wall!”