Stitch it Out

I love my embroidery machine but I have to be honest: It’s a lot like a really expensive paperweight.

I’m sure my husband has noticed (if not, please don’t clue him in) that it largely sits unused, this after about two years of research and shopping. It’s not for a lack of ideas; more of a lack of motivation.

This hasn’t stopped me from buying lots of cool embroidery designs. Probably my favorite place to buy them is Urban Threads. Hip, funky, contemporary. Lots of designs that speak to me.

Like this Sewing Rocks graffiti style design. I just had to have it. Had. To. So I bought it. And struggled to figure out what I’d put it on.

I finally decided to try it out on a tote bag. Surely this would be not only easy but a great way to make quick gifts for teachers, friends and the like. The only problem? I got about halfway through stitching out the design before I realized it was upside down. Ooops!

This ready-made messenger bag was a far more successful take two. I think the design looks great against the black, although it probably would look better on a slightly lighter color, since you really can’t see the black used in the design.

I have a few other embroidery projects in mind and am determined to incorporate more into my sewing projects to really give them a personal touch.

Like it? Want to win it? Leave a comment on this post. I’ll choose a winner on Wednesday, March 17. Good luck!

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Now that I’m done dealing with car issues, I can finally sit down and take care of this giveaway!

Come on down, Fiona! Email me with your mailing address and I’ll get your new bag out to you!

11 Replies to “Stitch it Out”

  1. I think you did a great job πŸ™‚ I love it! I hope I win πŸ™‚

    I know what you mean about embroidery, I love to add it to stuff but I never seem to get around to it πŸ™‚

  2. What a cool bag! I’ve been looking for something with “sewing geek” or “fabric lush” on it but “Sewing Rocks” well, ROCKS!

  3. I love the colors with the black bag…very cool. Are you suppose to sew without making mistakes??? πŸ˜‰

  4. Love the bag! I’m making a custom messenger bag now for a customer and after all this work that Sewing Rocks bag would be a great reward!

  5. I think it looks like a really cool “Ed Hardyesque” design. I can think of several teens I know who are learning to sew and would love designs like that. Thanks for the tip.


  6. Hi!
    I love embroidery! Can you please top me a little? I’m considering buying an embroidery machine and I’d love to hear what you have, why you don;t use it often (especially considering it looks so great!). It’s quiet expensive, so i want to be as informed as possible before I buy it…
    and – I’s love to win!
    .-= michal´s last blog ..What I’ve been up to… =-.

  7. Very fun bag! I think I saw this bag pattern in the shop and was a little intimidated by it πŸ™‚

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