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"Oreo" Style Bag out of Denim Fabric with Celtic Embroidery
If you haven't heard, "Oreo" style bags are a popular style of bag that are made in a combination of crochet and fabric or leather. In our take on the style, we use embroidery designs from the "Oreo" Style Bag with Celtic Embroidery-II to make the fabric / leather portion of the bag quickly and easily.

This project combines crochet and machine embroidery. We are not including instructions on how to crochet the "Oreo" bag here. There are many video tutorials on YouTube. We provide some links towards the end of this tutorial.

The finished size of the purse is about 9" H x 9 1/2" W x4" D (measurements are without the handle)
Finished bag with Celtic embroidery.

You will need :
  • embroidery threads either polyester or rayon,
  • denim fabric (your old jeans can work fine),
  • medium-weight iron-on cut-away embroidery stabilizer,
  • Steam-A-Seam2 fusible net, or similar product,
  • dense fabric for the lining (we used Pellon Peltex 70 Sew-In Unltra Firm Stabilizer for the lining),
  • either chalk pencil or removable fabric marker,
  • 3 mm cord, or any thick yarn recommended in video tutorials,
  • 3 mm crochet hook, 2 stitch-markers,
  • magnet clasp for bags,
  • hole puncher for leather (affiliate link)
  • 2 swivels (affiliate link)
  • 2 O-rings for bag strap (affiliate link)
Screen-print of the embroidery designs.
Back-flap panel: Front Panel:
Stitches: 45912 Stitches: 17345
Size: 155.6 x 299 mm Size: 156 x 142.3 mm
Colors/Stops: 4/4 Colors/Stops: 3/3
Embroidery:
Upload the files into your embroidery machine. Cut the fabric slightly bigger than the embroidery frame for easier hooping.

Stabilize the pieces of fabric with medium-weight iron-on cut-away stabilizer. Hoop the fabric tightly and embroider the designs one by one.
Stitch-outs of the designs on denim fabric

Assembly:
Cut out the panels close to the outer stitches, take care not to cut through the stitches.
With the chalk pencil or fabric marker, mark the crosses of the next straight stitch line on both panels.
Tracing the outer stitches with the fabric marker.

Rip away the stitches on both panels.
Removing the outer stitches.

Prepare the Steam-A-Seam2 fusible net.
A photo of the Steam-A-Seam2 fusible net.
Remove the protective paper from one side of the net, place the panels back side down onto it.
Position the panels on the fusible net.

Cut the net along the outline of the panels without removing the protective paper from the second side.
Cut out the net following the outline of the panels.

Trace both panels on the lining fabric. Cut them out.
Trace both panels on the lining fabric

You can also make a small inside pocket. Draw it on the fabric for the lining. If you use Pellon Peltex 70, just cut it out. If you use dense fabric, you'll need to finish the raw edges of the pocket.
Cut out a pocket.
Sew the pocket to the lower part of the lining fabric.
Sew the pocket to the lower part of the lining fabric.
Insert the magnet clasp - male part onto the lining of the flap-back piece, female part onto the outer part of the front panel.
Insert the magnet clasp.
Remove the protective paper from the back of the outer panels. Place the outer panels to the back of the lining panels. Press, to make the outer and the lining panels permanently stick together. Finish the raw edges with zig-zag stitch.
Punch holes along the edges in the places marked by the marker.
Crocheting:
Position the front panel on the lower half of the back-and-flap panel. Align the holes along the edges.

On the back-and-flap part, mark the position of the 2 holes which coincide with the 2 corner holes of the "front" panel. Check that the number of the holes between your markers along the lower part of the "back-flap" panel is the same as the number of holes on the front panel along the sides and curved bottom.

Holding the back-and-flap panel right side up, and starting from the left marker, make a row of single crochet around the panel.

When you reach the starting point, do not cut the cord/yarn, chain 12, then make a row of single crochet around the front panel, returning to the starting point.
Crochet in the holes along all edges of both panels.

Finish crocheting using the video tutorials from YouTube (not affiliated with us):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGdtUEI8x-o
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HknraSPFFR4
The front of the finished bag

The finished size of the purse is about 9" H x 9 1/2" W x4" D (measurements are without the handle)
The back and flap of the finished bag.
The inside of the bag.
The inside of the bag.
You can also color the panels, but you should do this before the assembly of the panels. We colored our second bag with fabric markers. Follow the instructions of the manufacturer - you might need to press the fabric with heavy steam.
Coloring of the back-flap panel.

Finished bag with colored Celtic embroidery. Front view.

Back to "Oreo" Style Bag with Celtic Embroidery
Finished bag with colored Celtic embroidery. Front view.
Finished bag with colored Celtic embroidery. Flap-back view.
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