Merry Tidings Tote

10-toteThe latest issue of Creative Machine Embroidery has hit the stands (November\December 2015) and my Merry Tidings Tote is on the cover!

When I got the project sheet for this article, I knew exactly what I wanted to do – a bag with all the “bells and whistles” (pockets, zipper, handles), but with an easy enough construction that an advanced beginner could put it together… and I hope that’s what I accomplished. This tote features front embroidery design (you could easily skip this if you don’t have an embroidery machine, insert a favorite panel\fabric, or create the front just like the back instructions), a front and back pocket for storage, a recessed zipper, and both (purchased) handles and a strap for carrying. The finished size is 14″ x 18″ – so there’s plenty of room for everything you need to haul around this holiday season!

You can download the full article (for free) here. You can find the front panel design a Embroidery Library (I will not lie, it is large – over 4 hours of stitching time and 33 thread changes, but well worth it because it is stunning) and the fabric in the home decor section (on the rolls) at Joann’s. Have fun and be sure to share your Winter Tote creations with me!

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