Wow, the pool opens this Saturday and the kids can hardly
wait. We had a couple of rainy days last
week so we decided that it was time to sew.
This project was a hit and our granddaughter can hardly wait to have a
couple of friends over to make them as a group.
It really did turn out to be the perfect project for young girls to
practice a few basic sewing and embroidery skills. Here is the bag we made:
Here is what you need:
One hand towel (washed and dried)
Two pieces of 1 1/2" grosgrain ribbon each 22"
Two 4" squares of cotton fabric
Double Heart appliqué embroidery design (download here)
Trans-Web iron on fusible
Lapel Stick temporary adhesive
Soft cut-away stabilizer
wash away mesh stabilizer (optional)
Here is what you do:
1. Adhere the
Trans-Web to the back of the two fabric squares per the package instructions.
2. Print a template
and pin or mark the center of where you want the design on the top half of the
right side of the towel. (You can print templates from a variety of software programs including Catalog Xpress, Alphabet Xpress, and Size It)
3. Hoop the soft
cut-away in a 5"X7" hoop. Using the lapel stick or temporary adhesive of
choice adhere the towel to the stabilizer centering the template.
4. Embroider the
first run of the first heart. Carefully
remove the hoop and lay flat. Using the
Lapel Stick adhere one fabric square over the stitches. Embroider the second run. Carefully remove the hoop, lay flat and trim
just outside the stitching using the appliqué snips.
5. Carefully slide the hoop back onto the machine and
embroider the first run of the second heart. Carefully remove the hoop and lay
flat. Using the Lapel Stick adhere the
other fabric square over the stitches.
Embroider the next run. Carefully
remove the hoop, lay flat and trim just outside the stitching using the
6. Carefully slide the hoop back onto the machine. Embroider the last two thread colors. Remove from the hoop and cut away excess
7. Lay towel face
down on the table measure in 3 1/2".
Fold the end of one ribbon under and pin in place. Sew a rectangle to secure. Repeat 3 1/2" from the other side with
the other end of the ribbon strip.
Repeat at the other end of the towel.
8. With right sides
together fold the towel so that the handles are at the top. Using a zig zag stitch sew down both
Turn right side out and enjoy your new beach bag.
Now you are ready to spend the afternoon at the pool.
There are la number of bag and tote options to choose from. Here are a few you may like:
Designer Wet Bags
Easy Snack Bags
Big Big tote
Simple Placemat Tote
Water Bottle Bags