Character stitches take the holiday gift bag from simple to outstanding by Jean Boyd November 19, 2019 written by Jean Boyd November 19, 2019 717 In yesterday’s post, I showed how to use the features of the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 to make a simple, basic gift bag look professionally made. Gift bag made on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine 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. Table runner from QUILTsocial October 2019 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. Character stitch screen on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 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. Touch letters one at a time to write desired words. 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. Highlight the single star to stitch the pattern just one time. 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. Practice samples for character stitches materials (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. Cut a 1″ square from the bottom of lining and bag front. 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 Sew ties to the side seams. I hope you enjoyed using the character stitches on the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 to create this little gift bag. Another finished 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. This is part 2 of 5 in this series. Go back to part 1: Sewing holiday gift bags like a pro using the Brother Innov-is BQ3050 Go to part 3: The BQ3050 bobbin cover makes it easy to add decorative cording Print this page or save as a PDF 0qs286BQ3050brotherfree patternsHoliday Gift Ideassewing machine reviews FacebookTwitterPinterestLinkedinRedditWhatsappTelegramEmail Jean Boyd Jean has been designing and publishing patterns since 1997. For the past several years she has been designing patterns for new fabric collections by Northcott Fabrics. Her work has been published in several magazines in both Canada and the United States. Jean holds a Fiber Arts Certificate in quilting and has taught extensively throughout Canada, including six national Quilt Canada conferences. She was named "Canadian Teacher of the Year" in 2003 by the Canadian Quilters Association and has won numerous awards for her quilts. previous post Sewing holiday gift bags like a pro using the Brother Innov-is BQ3050 next post The BQ3050 bobbin cover makes it easy to add decorative cording YOU MAY ALSO LIKE... Springtime applique flowers with the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050... Machine basting and topstitching a spring table runner Applique houses – basted by machine but stitched... Easy quilting using the MuVit Open-Toe Dual-Feed Foot Introducing raw edge applique with the Brother Innov-ís... Decorative stitching adds dimension to one-of-a-kind bookmarks Creating one-of-a-kind fabric with paint sticks and decorative... Color your fabric for this scrappy quilt, color... Putting it all together with the Brother Innov-ís... Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 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