We often don’t use all the features on our machines, so making these little gift bags is a good chance to use some different features and create a small, useful item at the same time. In last month’s QUILTsocial post, I made a holiday table runner, and used several decorative stitches.
Now let’s start using the character stitches on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 to create another one-of-a-kind gift bag for someone special.
The character stitches are in their own little section on the LCD screen. Just touch the button with the letters A, B, C and all the letters will show up.
I’m stitching Merry Christmas on my fabric. Using the stylus that comes with the machine, choose one of the available fonts (there’s even a Japanese font!) and select the letters one at a time. I can see the letters on the screen as I select them.
Press the save button (it looks like a pocket) to save this stitch pattern, so I’ll be able to easily access it for this and other projects. I can choose to stitch the words just once or continuously. I’m stitching just once, so I select the single key.
When I touch this button, I will stitch the chosen design just once.
I’ve saved the words Merry Christmas and Enjoy in 3 different fonts, so now it’s time to start stitching. As always when using decorative stitches, I like to sew some sample pieces first to test different threads and make sure everything looks the way I want it to.
- (2) 8″ x 10″ for the outside of the bag
- (2) 8″ x 10″ lightweight, tear-away stabilizer
- (2) 7″ x 9¾” for the lining
- 2 pieces of ribbon or cording about 16″ long for the ties
Let’s start sewing!
- Place a piece of lightweight, tear-away stabilizer behind the outside bag pieces.
- Stitch the saved words, arranging them as desired.
- Cut (2) 7″ x 9″ rectangles from the stitched fabric.
- Cut out a 1″ square from the bottom of each piece and from the lining.
- With right sides together sew the 2 side seams on both the outside and lining pieces.
- Sew across the bottom of the outside pieces.
- Sew about 1½” in from each side across the bottom of the lining pieces, leaving an opening for turning the bag.
- Fold the bag right sides together, matching the side and bottom seams. Stitch across the opening at the bottom corners. This will give a nice square bottom on the bag.
- Make the corners in the same way on the bag lining.
- Place the bag inside the lining with right sides together.
- Stitch around the top to join the bag to the lining.
- Turn bag right side out through the opening in the bottom of the lining.
- Fold in the raw edges at the bottom of the lining and top-stitch the opening closed.
- Because the lining is longer than the bag, it will fold over to the front to form a narrow band around the top. Stitch along the seam line through both layers to finish the top.
- For the ties on this gift bag, I used some narrow flat cord (found at the Dollar Store!) and sewed 1 piece to each side seam
I hope you enjoyed using the character stitches on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 to create this little gift bag.
Be sure to come back tomorrow to find out how to use cording, perle cotton or light-weight yarn with the cording bobbin cover on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 and make another easy gift bag.