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Embroidery Project – Small Snail Purse/Bag with Vintage Snail Embroidery, Sewing Outer Purse Fabric Part 12

*We’ve taken a lot of pictures to aid with the construction of this bag. The next few posts will split the pictures into segments of construction. Doing this may clear up some of the questions about creating the Japanese Knot Bag. After following several threads from it’s original page and after seeing attempts to create the bag, several people have said that they weren’t ‘clear’ about the original directions to sew the bag together. Hopefully, this can help clear up some questions about the main construction and clarify some of the directions on assembly.*

Pattern is from Helen of Show Your Workings (Japanese Knot Bag Tutorial) (Click Here)

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Now that all 6 snails are embroidered and ready to place on the outer fabric, it’s time to piece the outer fabric together.

We cut out the outer fabric (felt) here in Part 9. The beginning of this “idea” is found in Part 1. Remember, the idea here is to piece together an entire purse outer fabric. This is a alteration from the original pattern that simply calls for a Fat Quarter to be cut. If you want to create your own outer purse fabric, this will help you to form the outer fabric to use for the purse.

Here the 2 cut pieces are placed on the paper pattern to determine the exact overlap of the edges to create the correct size of the complete purse piece.

The overlap of the blue felt over the green felt.

Pin together to minimize movement while sewing. (Most times, I don’t pin anything while sewing. I only use the pins to hold key points in the fabric as opposed to pinning the entire seam.)

My sewing machine allows me to move the sewing needle left and right of the center of the foot. Here I use the foot to hold the fabric down and move the needle to the farthest right position to top stitch close to the edge of the blue felt.

One top stitch seam done.

I use the foot to hold the fabric in place again, this time I run the edge of the blue to the left of the foot and move my needle to the farthest left position to stitch on the other side of the first tip stitch.

Here is the second top stitch seam. The result is a twin line of stitching to hold the fabrics together.

From the ‘wrong side’ of the fabric, it looks like this. I’m leaving all that overlap there and not trimming it.

Both sides are pieced and sewn to form one full front and back of the purse. (In the upper right there, that is my bobbin box. Hubby made it for me 😉 It holds the sewing machine bobbins sideways to show the colors and they all sit in little channels in both the cover and the holder. Notice the cute little message…he always adds little pencil messages in unexpected little areas!)

Match the splice or whatever piecing you do so that the edges of your creation are even.

Be sure that it all lines up from the noticeable points.

The directions for the Japanese Knot Bag say to

“Mark with chalk or pencil on the fabric at the point of the join in the paper pattern. This is the point you will to on the side seams…”

So, here you see the two pattern pieces. The line where the paper pattern is taped together is marked with a pin on the outer fabric. See the yellow pin head? Sew from there down to the bottom edge of the purse.

Start at the marked point (see the yellow head of the pin) and sew. Again, I used my foot to ride the edge of the fabric as a gauge. It keeps the seam even and straight.

Here is the outer fabric sewn at one seam. Notice the tops are not sewn. It’s ok. That is what the directions tell us to do. It will work out in the end. 😉

At this point, we cannot sew up the second seam, simply because we need to applique our snail portraits to this before going on. If you want to add anything to the outside of your bag, this is your stopping point. Add what you want to add. Just be careful not to add anything into the seam allowance around the bag’s edges.

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Embroidery Project – Small Snail Purse/Bag with Vintage Snail Embroidery, “Wash Day” Snail Embroidery Part 11

If you are new to the Snail Trail, “The Snails” are part of a master plan found in Part 1. ;)

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“Wash Day”

Hooray for the 6th of 6 little snail critters for the outside of the Japanese Knot Bag!

The little “Wash Day” snail is overlooking the yellow snail as it hangs to dry. All stitched with: backstitch, split backstitch, stem stitch, french knot, detached chain stitch, straight stitch, seed stitch, and satin stitch. The water droplets are stitched with 1 strand of Kreinik filament for sparkle.

This snail will have a little “bling”. A few Mill Hill Crystal Treasures flowers will become the flowers there in the background of the grass.

Here are the Treasures placed above the stitched flowers. Not a bad match for the color scheme!

And, Voila! “Wash Day” with the bright pink border that will frame it when on the purse body.

Now…the construction of the purse body. I’m off to sew all 6 portraits to the purse shell!

Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun!

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Embroidery Project – Small Snail Purse/Bag with Vintage Snail Embroidery, “Sun Day” Snail Embroidery Part 10

If you are new to the Snail Trail, “The Snails” are part of a master plan found in Part 1. ;)

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“Sun Day”

The 5th of 6 snails for the “Snail Trail” purse.

The Sun Day snail has two shades of bright yellow blended for the stitching of the shell. It’s embroidered with stem stitch, backstitch, split backstitch, detached chain stitch, straight stitch, satin stitch, and French knot. The flowers are also done with two shade of pink blended for the blossoms. Here it is on white.

And here it is with the bright pink border.

For this snail, we found some little Mill Hill Glass Treasures to add as adornments to the flower Hakulei on the Sun Day snail’s head.

The Treasures are perfectly matched 5 petal mauve/purple flowers.

Here you can see the Treasures and compare them to the blossoms on the little plants.

One treasure is placed on her Hakulei the other is still off so you can see a comparison of the blossoms.

Here, both are placed on the Hakulei. They aren’t sewn on yet. The snail will have to be washed and blocked then the Treasures will be stitched onto the piece. (See Tutorials for Washing and Blocking; https://curiosities808.wordpress.com/tutorials/)

Here is a close up of the Sun Day snail. All dressed and ready to go…somewhere?!

Another snail done. One more to go!

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Embroidery Project – Small Snail Purse/Bag with Vintage Snail Embroidery, Cut Outer Purse Fabric Part 9

If you are new to the Snail Trail, “The Snails” are part of a master plan found in Part 1. ;)

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Piecing the felt together to form a panel for the purse pattern…

Well…the felt rectangle just isn’t big enough to fit the entire pattern, so we will piece the felt together to create a fabric sheet big enough to cover the pattern.

We will overlap the blue over the green (sky over grass). Lay the blue to match the top left edge of the pattern. Here you can see that we need to leave an overlap for strength when sewing the two sheets together.

A close up shows the blue over green overlap.

Here the blue and green are overlapped and cover the entire pattern under it. You can see that the lining fabric is much longer than the felt. The felt happens to end at the edge of the paper I left hanging beyond the original pattern. I will have to trim the lining. (Remember in Part 8, I did not trim the bottom edge because I wanted to see if I could make the bag longer than what the pattern specified. It is about 2 inches longer than the pattern from the pdf file.)

The green felt needs to be trimmed on the right side to fit the pattern.

Use the rotary cutters and the quilt ruler to trim the bottom.

Here you can see bottom the edges trimmed evenly.

The right side needs to be trimmed.

Again, use the rotary cutter and the quilt ruler to make the straight line cuts.

It just takes seconds to trim with the right tools.

Cut the curved pattern edges with scissors. One set is cut out.

We need a second set to complete the outer fabric. Here another green rectangle is on the correctly sized one. The cut blue piece is placed on another blue rectangle. We will cut second ones using the first ones as guides.

See the layout for the outer fabric and the lining!

We now have to sew the green and blue together so that we can place the snails on their new home!

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Embroidery Project – Small Snail Purse/Bag with Vintage Snail Embroidery, Cut Purse Lining Part 8

If you are new to the Snail Trail, “The Snails” are part of a master plan found in Part 1. ;)

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The lining fabric that inspired “The Snails” of the Snail Trail…

Yes, this fabric is what inspired the use of the Vintage Snail Embroidery transfer that started this series in Part 1. Here it is many parts later and it’s time to create the main body of the purse fabric so that the little snail critters have a home when they are completely embroidered.

Here is the pattern, printed, cut out and pieced together. (Pattern found at Show Your Workings )

Here is the “fat quarter” lining fabric. It is folded in half so that we can get 2 pieces from one pattern cut out.

Pin the pattern to the “fat quarter”.

I prefer any short cut possible, so I employ the rotary cutter whenever there are any straight lines to cut. Set up the quilt ruler and the rotary cutter to cut the straight edges of the pattern. Cut the sides of the purse.

Notice that I left the bottom of the bag uncut. I am hoping to get the LONGEST possible purse out the fabric that we will use for this bag, so we will cut the bottom edge later. Right now, the maximum length of the purse is the entire piece of ‘snail’ fabric that you see beyond the white paper that extends beyond the pattern. (I think I’d like this little purse a little longer because I carry a LOT of junk in my purse and just need the room.)

The curves up by the handle need to be cut out with scissors. A few short snips should do it.

The entire purse lining is cut out.

The top…

and the bottom…with the extra length still attached.

In the next post, we will piece together the outside fabric. It will be made of bright green and bright blue felt and will need to be spliced together to create an entire ‘panel’ to fit onto the purse pattern.

Stay tuned!

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Embroidery Project – Small Snail Purse/Bag with Vintage Snail Embroidery, “Sew Day” Snail Embroidery Part 7

If you are new to the Snail Trail, “The Snails” are part of a master plan found in Part 1. ;)

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“Sew Day”

Here’s the 4th of 6 snails for the purse that started in part 1 of the Small Snail Purse/Bag. The bright greens are Anchor threads.

Here are some close ups of the sewing basket and all the goodies in it. This snail really is a lot of fun to stitch. The little pieces of fabric in the basket allow for creative textiles to be placed in there. Although, I am curious…why would a Snail need a sock?

And of course, placed on the bright pink that will eventually border it, the colors seem quite different against the contrast!

The “Snail Trail” is almost done. Two more to go and the purse panels can be put together.

And…I just HAD to post this! I didn’t get a post in yesterday because I didn’t really do any embroidery. 😦 I was out at Chinaman’s hat…snorkeling all day. 😉 We caught 4 little butterfly fish for the tank! And our little Jack Russell, Mr. MacKenzie, actually did some swimming!

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Embroidery Project – Small Snail Purse/Bag with Vintage Snail Embroidery, “Bake Day” Snail Embroidery Part 6

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“Bake Day”

This little creature has a bluish-purple shell. The bright threads are Anchor threads. Using one of the blue/purple and one of the yellow, the shell is outlined in stem stitch. There are no specialty threads in this piece…after all he is baking…we wouldn’t want any ‘bling’ is the dough right?

Here is a closer look at the front end. Stitch with stem stitch, back stitch, split back stitch, French knot, satin stitch, and straight stitch.

And a closer look at the ‘back’ end.

Here is the “Bake Day” snail, white on white, and a great view of the bright pink border that will be it’s future ‘frame’ color!

The “Snail Trail” is getting longer and the little snail gang is growing!

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