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Canvas Reusable Shopping Bag with Machine Embroidery
For this simple tote we used the design Migrating Birds Mandala for the commercial size hoop (8" x 8").

The finished size of the tote is about 15"H x 15"W x 6"D.

White canvas tote with migrating birds embroidery

You will need :
  • embroidery threads either polyester or rayon ,
  • dense cotton or cotton blend fabric, such as duck cloth, canvas, etc.
  • polyester webbing for the handles,
  • medium- to high - weight cut-away embroidery stabilizer,
  • quilter's ruler, sewing pins,
  • rotary cutter, or scissors and graphic pencil,
  • iron,
  • #12-#14 universal needle,
  • sewing machine,
  • serger (optional).
Cutting and embroidering:
Out of the fabric cut a piece measuring 16" x 26". Finish all 4 edges with either zig-zag or serger.

Fold the short sides 1" back and press with steam.

Fold the piece in half widthwise and mark the placement of the embroidery 4"-5" from one of the short edges and centered on the fabric.

Stabilize the fabric, hoop tightly and embroider the design.
Embroidery on white canvas

Note: seam allowance is 1/2".
Fold the working piece in half, right sides out, and aling all edges.

Measure 3" from the folded (bottom) edge. Mark with pins, or pencil, on both edges. Repeat on the back. If you want a narrower tote, you can measure 2" from the bottom
Mark the three inches line from the bottom

Now fold the back and front panels down, over the bottom portion you have marked. Align all edges.

Pin the sides together.
Migrating Birds Tote

Fold the fabric by the marked lines inside

Stitch the sides twice, seam allowance 1/2". Turn right side out.
Photo shows the finished bottom of the tote

Fold the upper edge inside along the creased line and topstitch in place.
Fold the upper edge and topstitch in place

Mark the position of the handles. Pin, then stitch in place.
Photo shaws how to sew on the handles

Have fun!
The finished tote with embroidery on the front panel.

Another great design for this project is Dancing Butterly Mandala.
Canvas tote with a butterfly embroidery

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