If you plan properly, you can stitch four grommets and four corners in three hoopings instead of eight or six. Here’s how to do it. Hoop tear-away stabilizer in a large hoop, 8” x 12”. Select the grommet design and move it to the edge of the hoop. Stitch the first color, the placement guide. Place one interfaced outer bag panel on the placement guide, matching centers. Stitch the grommets. Fold the edge of the bag back over itself and tape it down. Rotate the design 180 degrees and move the design down to opposite edge of the hoop. Stitch the first color, the placement guide (shown here in pink thread). It will overlap with the first placement guide but as long as the tape holds, the first bag panel is safe. Place the second interfaced outer bag panel on the new placement guide. Stitch the grommets. All four grommets are stitched in one hooping! Let’s move onto the corners. Follow the instructions in Designer Knockoffs to pre-cut the applique corners. Hoop tear-away stabilizer in a large hoop, 8” x 12”. Retrieve the corner design. Copy and paste it. Mirror image of one the designs and position them as shown. Stitch color 1, the placement guide for the left corner (which is actually on the right in the hoop). Place left corner of the bag on the outline and stitch color 2, the applique placement guide. Place the prepared applique over the outline and stitch the next color, the satin outline. Stitch the decorative detail if desired. Stitch color 1 of the second design. Place the right corner of the other bag panel on the outline. Stitch the applique placement guide. Place the prepared applique over the outline and complete the design. Check out all the different handbags you can make with Handbags 2 Designer Knockoffs by Eileen Roche and Nancy Zieman. Here is my finished bag!
Pingback: Friday Blog Round – Up 8/29/14 » EnMart Embroidery Talk on July 28, 2014