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Native American Inspired Accessories: Bag, Belt, Headband and Moccassins
These are instructions on how to embroider and essemble the designs from the Native American Inspired Accessories Set. The designs form the set fit into a Large hoop (5" x 7").

The set consists of a file for a bag, 2 belts and moccasins.
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You will need:
  • embroidery threads, either polyester or rayon, colors of your choice,
  • either heat-away stabilizer or very lightweight cut-away stabilizer, such as No Show Diamond Mesh by Sulky, Floriani, or similar products by other companies,
  • no-fray faux suede or thin faux leather
  • #12 universal sewing needle,
  • sewing thread of a matching fabric color,
  • narrow hemp, leather cord or yarn for mocassin ties,
  • 1/4" wide trim for the bag's shoulder strap (optional),
  • sewing needle for hand-stitching,
  • scissors and iron.
Bag:
There is one file for a bag, but you can make at least 2 different bags with it.
For the first bag, embroider the file. Trim it so that there are 1/4" wide margins on the long sides and about 2 1/2" margins on the short sides. Remove the stabilizer.
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Fold the piece in half with the face inside and align the edges. Stitch together the long edges, seam allowance 1/4".
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Press the seams open.
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Turn the piece right side out, then tuck the upper edge inside. Topstitch along the upper edge.
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For the handle, cut a 16" long piece of a trim, or you can make the handle from the same fabric as the bag. Cut a strip 16" long and 3/4" wide.

Fold the long edge 1/4" inside and press. The edges will cover each other and the strip will be 1/4" wide. Topstitch several times.

Insert one end of the strip about 1/2" inside the bag and stitch in place.

Cut a 1/2" long piece of 1/4" wide Velcro. Stitch the loop side of the bag to the end of the shoulder strap. Stitch the hook side of the tape inside the bag, on the opposite side from the shoulder strap.

This will make it easier to put the bag on a doll.
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For the other version of the bag, embroider the file, trim it leaving 1/4" margins along the short edges and about 2" margin along the upper long edge and 1"-1/2" margin along the lower long edge for the fringe.
Fold the piece in half and align the edges.

Stitch together from the upper edge to the lower edge of the embroidery (shown with a red line). Do not stitch beyond this point.
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Press the seam open.
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Fold the upper edge inside, press, then topstitch along the upper edge. Then topstitch along the lower edge of the embroidery (marked with red line, below).
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Make the shoulder strap as described above.
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Then cut the fringe.
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Mocassins
Embroider the mocassin file 2 times. Cut out the stitch-outs.
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Make two short cuts along the lines on the heel.
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Fold and topstitch the heel as shown on the picture below:
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Thread a sewing needle and baste along the front part of the mocassin. Pull the thread to gather the front.
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Pin the upper part of the shoe to the gathered part.
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With a double thread hand stitch the upper part in place over the edge.
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Put the shoes on a doll and tie with a piece of leather or hemp cord.
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Belt or Headband
There are 2 files for 2 different belts or headbands. They are very easy to make. Embroider the files, cut out the stitch-outs leaving 1/4" seam allowance on one short end of the stitch-out where you'll sew the parts together. Leave the longer ends on other short sides.
You can either tie the short ends around the doll's head or waist...
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Or you can sew pieces of Velcro to the ends, as shown on the second belt.
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Enjoy!


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