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Pick a great base fabric, such as this black-and-white print designed by M’Liss Rae Hawley for Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts Stores. Have fun with ribbons and other trims to make your bag unique. M’Liss combined velvet, silk, chenille, and grosgrain ribbon, selected from May Arts Ribbons, with appliquéd leaves and knotted sheer silk for textural appeal.

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Embellish Bag Panels


1. Place black-and-white print 27x14-1/2" rectangle wrong side up. Following manufacturer’s instructions, press 27x14-1/2" fusible interfacing rectangle onto wrong side of black-and-white print rectangle to make bag foundation.

2. Use a water-soluble marker to draw a line 1-1/2" from top edge and one 1/2" from bottom edge on right side of bag foundation to outline embellishment area. Draw additional sewing guidelines 1-1/2–2" apart within the embellishment area (Diagram 1).

3. Working with bag foundation and one ribbon or trim piece at a time, topstitch trims to right side of bag foundation within embellishment area (Diagram 2). Use drawn guidelines to keep trims straight as you stitch them onto bag foundation. Allow foundation fabric to show between rows of trim as desired.

4. Cut embellished foundation piece into two 13x14-1/2" bag panels (Diagram 3). Stay-stitch 1/4" from outer edges of each bag panel.

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