Since two of my favorite past times are shopping and going to quilt shows, I have acquired my fair share of tote bags. I love these bags because they are usually well constructed and they were free! The problem is, I don’t love walking around with advertisements on my bag (Unless I’m advertising Sulky, of course!), so I decided to give this bag a makeover.
I started by seam ripping the pocket open.
I knew I wanted to add an embroidered design to the pocket so I measured the pocket to see the size of the space and figure seam allowances. I chose to add 1 inch to the top and half an inch to the bottom. I stitched out a cute sewing Spoolie from the Sulky Embroidery Club on some white decorator fabric (I used all the colors that were suggested on the color guide that came with the Spoolie design and I used Sulky Soft ‘n Sheer Extra™ as the stabilizer). Once I stitched the girl out and cut her to size, I put her up against the pocket to audition her. Boy, am I glad I did that! Do you see the show through of the advertisement?
This prompted me to add a layer of Sulky Fuse n Stitch to the back of the Spoolie.
Once I solved the show through problem, I ironed back my seam allowances and placed my new pocket on top of the old one, folding the top seam over the top of the old pocket.
I found the perfect thread to top stitch the new pocket, Sulky 30 wt. Cotton in Purple! I sewed the bottom and top of the pocket first and then reattached the sides under the strap. It is very helpful to have the ability to change your machine to free arm for this if you can.
Tada! You have a brand new tote in about an hour. Enjoy!