Just finished!



Linen “Shell” Permin of Copenhagen 28 ct

Mouline’ DMC, two threads on 2×2

scheme from “Petits Cadeaux Brodès” by Sylvie Castellano

stitched by Teresa   


Embellished bag Class


Welcome Everyone to the Embellished bag class weekend. All the pictures are clickable and shall lead you to a larger view.
You can see the list of materials needed


Step 1: Cut backing fabric slightly larger than stitched piece, For this particular design I have allowed 5cm from the edge of the design to the seam and 1cm for my seam. For the top allow the depth of your lace plus a further 5cm for turning over to make the top neat. – As you can see ffrom my picture I didn’t remember to allow extra at the top and so had to make a cuff.

 Step 2: Either hand sew or machine stitch the 2 sides and the bottom together


 Step 3: Trim the corner so that when you turn it to the right sides and gently push the corners out they won’t be bulky


 Step 4: Turn the bag right sides out.

 APOLOGIES EVERYONE – I cannot seem to get pictures to upload; WordPress and I don’t seem to get along so I will have to continue without pictures.

Step 5: Measure the top of your bag (mine was 15cm) and cut your lace that size. Pin or tack your chosen lace to the top of the front of your back, then handsew into place only going through the lace and the front of the bag.

Step 6: Pin or tack your ribbon or cord for the handle (this should be cut to your chosen size), either to the inside of the bag where you can’t see the tails or to the outside of the bag where you will see the tails, then handstitch into place securely.

Step 7: Measure the size of the bottom of your bag and cut the beaded ribbon to size. Pin or tack into place on the back of your bag at the bottom so you can see the beads hanging down. Hand sew into place.

Step 8: I added some tiny glass beads to the ends of my lace for extra adornment. You could do the same.

This type of bag lends itself to all sorts of designs and sizes and trims. Let you imagination run riot instead of beads and lace you could add tassels and pom poms, ribbon and cording etc etc.

I really hope this was clear. If not, please feel free to ask any question by posting in the comments.

Remember too that this is my way of making these bags I’m sure there are other easier ways than this, but this is how I do them.

If you do make a bag please share it with us all so we can see.


Embellished bag materials list

Hi everyone!

We shall be having an embellished bag class weekend on 20 -21 October. Hope that you’ll join us.


Here’s a list of what you’ll need to make an embellished bag



  • stitched piece, leaving a generous margin around the design. My design was 9 cm x 16cm (3 1/2″ x 6″)  and I added a 1-cm seam allowances for this project
  • fabric  of the same size – I tend to cut mine slightly larger
  • ribbon for the hanger
  • Beaded trim
  • lace
  • sewing thread that matches.


  • ruler or measurer’s tape
  • scissors
  • (optional) pinking shears
  • pins
  • seam ripper or small pointed scissors
  • chopstick or whatnot to turn your work inside out and make crisp corners
  • hand-sewing needle
  • Sewing machine (optional)

This is a very easy project, and while a sewing machine will make your work go quicker, you can do this by hand. Anyone can do this project – it’s really easy peasy!

Please feel free to ask if you have any question. We all know there is no such thing as a dumb question ;)

Next year’s tutorials

Just a quick post to touch base regarding the planning of next year’s tutorials.  Karen and I have been looking at potential tutors for the list of tutorials we have on request from the survey you completed at the creation of this blog.

What I’d also love to know is whether, since that survey was taken, there are any other topics you’d like to see covered.  If there is a specific technique you’ve seen on someone’s blog or website, and you’d love to know how to do it yourself, please leave a comment with the blog details and the project, and I’m more than happy to contact the blog owner to see if they would be willing to run a tutorial for us all.

Likewise, if you are familiar with any of the techniques from our previous survey, and you’d like to offer your services to write up a tutorial, we’d be thrilled to hear from you … as the time will be arriving very very soon to start coordinating class times for next year (I know, I can’t believe it myself!).

Thanks again for your continued support of the blog – we look forward to another great year of learning and sharing 😀

Anne S

PS:  Here are the results of the previous survey for your information (since then the bourse and flanged pillow tutorials have already taken place – and I have a needleroll tutorial sitting in the wings ready for next year).

Lining a tin

51 votes
Mattress-style pincushion 41 votes
Stitcher’s bourse 39 votes
Needlebook (with needle pages) 38 votes
Pillows – flanged 38 votes
Emery strawberry 35 votes
Sewing pouch/purse 34 votes
Lining a basket 33 votes
Needlecase (for needle packets) 33 votes
Covered book 31 votes
Flat-fold 31 votes
Scissor case 31 votes
Tassels 31 votes
Ornaments – pendibulle 27 votes
Pillows – tuck 26 votes
Tin topper 26 votes
Tote bag 26 votes
Ornaments – humbug 25 votes
Cording 24 votes
Tape measure cover 24 votes
Treat bag/sachet 23 votes
Bellpull 20 votes
Scissor fob – stitched 19 votes
Biscornu 18 votes
Scissor fob – beaded 18 votes
Quilted wallhanging 17 votes
Needleroll 15 votes
Bookmarks 9 votes
Other 1 vote