From 'Bags & Specials' ISBN 4834755371, my rendition of Design 7:
I tracked down some magnetic closures as well:
This bag turned out really cute! I really enjoyed having to sketch out the pattern pieces and piecing the bag together based upon my knowledge of sewing other tote bags - because I certainly could not understand the Japanese directions :) The only aspect I did not like was all the hand-embroidery - it caused quite a bit of soreness in my forearm and wrist. There are many more designs that I really love in the book, I think the next one I decide on from it will require less of the hand-embroidery!
One finished sewing project justifies moving onto another:
Don't you just love that fabric?!?
Anyway, I'm using a pretty basic pattern as a template to designing my own knitting bag. I have a pretty neat idea that I want to try out to see if it will work. Mum's the word for now though :)
After searching on the internet, I located this site that has 99 embroidery letter designs... yes, 99. I downloaded one and gave it a test run on some scrap fabric... what do you think?
I would have liked to have something just a little bit bigger, but because my software program is very basic, this was a big as I could get it - just over three inches. I'm afraid to embroider it directly onto the bag because -
#1 - There is a depth difference between the blue denim and the design fabric due to how they are put together. If I continue making these bags, I will put the two pieces together differently that would eliminate this gap - but for the time being, I don't know how my machine will react to this difference in depth.
#2 - I need to do some research on the pulling of the bobbin thread to the top of the design - See this:
This is not good - the white bobbin thread is being pulled up through the design. It might be my stabilizer, and it might be that this was a practice fabric and it was not very stiff.
To resolve the problem, I think I might try to make an applique patch with the letter on water-soluble stabilizer and attach it after the bag is completed. Does anyone have any other ideas?