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.Sweet Appliqued Tote Bag using the BERNINA 350PE
One of my favorite Craftsters is funthreads
. I fell in love with the 'Snack Attack' quilt she posted last year
and it inspired me to make a tote bag using her sweet theme. This project gave me a chance to give applique a try using the BERNINA 350 Patchwork Edition.
The adhesive product I use for appliqueing is called Lite Steam-A-Seam 2. It's an iron on fusible webbing that is sticky on both sides and comes packaged between two sheets of protective paper.
I drew the pattern shapes on the protective paper on one side of the webbing then peeled away the opposite paper and ironed the webbing onto the wrong side of my fabrics. This allowed me to then cut my applique pieces to their exact finished sizes with a bit of adhesive on the back. In this photo, on the left you see the webbing and paper ironed onto the wrong side of my frosting fabric and on the right you see my cut finished cupcake liner and cherry fabric pieces.
I sewed a strip of wood-grain fabric to the bottom of my background fabric and laid all the pieces out the way I wanted them. I set aside the frosting and cherries then peeled the paper backing from the cupcake liners and ironed them in place.
From here, they are lightly adhered to the fabric and ready to be sewn on. I decided to use the BERNINA's blanket stitch (#78) and sewed carefully along the edge of the cupcake liners. The BERNINA has a speed control feature, so I was able to adjust it to a speed I was comfortable with for this intricate work.
Once all the liners were sewn in place, I peeled off the paper backing from the frosting layers and ironed them in place. A super quick change of thread color and I was off and running again.
Here's a close up of the machine blanket stitching around the cherries on top.
Here's the finished tote bag front with everything sewn in place. I was very pleased with my experience appliqueing using the BERNINA 350PE.
For the back, I made a patchwork gumball machine filled with a fun candy fabric. I'm obsessive about collecting candy and snack prints, I love to have them on hand for inspiration.
I lined it and added some complementary straps to finish it off. This immediately became my favorite tote bag ever! I'm expecting to get lots and lots of comments on it. Funthreads
is hosting the full quilt pattern for free on her blog for a short time. If you're inspired by her as much as I am, hop on over soon to download the PDF! http://funthreads.blogspot.com/p/quilt-tutorials.html