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"Oreo" Style Bag with Whimsical Cat 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 Whimsical Cat Embroidery 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 cat embroidery.

You will need :
  • embroidery threads either polyester or rayon,
  • dense fabric or faux/or real leather of any color for the outer bag, (we used denim fabric from an old pair of jeans),
  • faux/real leather, or polyester craft felt, or dense fabric for the lining,
  • light-weight cut-away embroidery stabilizer,
  • fusible web for bonding fabric together, such as Stitch Witcchery, or Steam-A-Seam2, or any other similar product,
  • 3 mm cord, or any thick yarn recommended in video tutorials,
  • 3 mm crochet hook, 2 stitch-markers,
  • magnet clasp for bags,
  • 2 stitch markers,
  • hole puncher for leather (affiliate link)
  • 2 swivels (affiliate link)
  • 2 D-rings for bag strap (affiliate link)
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. Hoop the fabric tightly and embroider the designs one by one.
Cut-out the stitch-outs with about 1/4" margins.
Insert the "female" part of the magnet snap onto the front panel.
Stitch-outs of the designs on denim fabric

Assembly:
Cut-out the stitch-outs with about 1/4" margins.
Trace the stitch-outs on pieces of thin leather or faux leather to make the lining. Cut them out. If you want an inner pocket, cut and stitch it to the lining now.
Insert the "male" part of the snap onto the lining of the back-and-flap part.
Bond the outer bag and the lining together using the heat-fusible web. If you use fabric, zig-zag or serge the raw edges.
Lining of the back-and-flap part
Punch holes along the edges in the places marked by running stitches.
Punching holes along the edges of the back and flap parts.

Punching holes along the edges of the back and flap parts.
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 (place stitch narkers) 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 with the flap open

The finished size of the purse is about 9" H x 9 1/2" W x4" D (measurements are without the handle)
The back of the finished bag with the flap open
Have fun!
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