If you’ve fancy owning this embroidered bag then here are the step-by-step instructions to make it!

Embroidery how to: How to embroider a bag

This eye-catching bag uses chunky wool knitting yarns to create the oversized daisy flowers. Worked in contrasting, bright colours of magenta, lilac and sable on the sumptuous deep red wool fabric, the design is highlighted with smaller fuchsia-coloured flowers and finished off with bright, olive-toned leaves and lavender sprigs.

A rich chocolate brown velvet trim, button flower centres and an extra-large central button detail complete the look.

How to make a bag: What you’ll will need

  • 40 x 50 cm of rich red wool fabric for bag
  • 40 x 50cm (16 x 20 in.) of heavyweight, woven interlining for bag
  • 34 x 40cm (131⁄2 x 16 in.) of chocolate brown velvet for top and facing
  • 35 x 12cm (14 x 43⁄4 in.) of rich red wool fabric for handles
  • 35 x 12cm (14 x 43⁄4 in.) of medium-weight, sew-in interfacing for handles
  • 34 x 40cm (131⁄2 x 16 in.) of heavyweight, sew-in interfacing for facing
  • 40 x 50cm (16 x 20 in.) of chocolate brown satin lining
  • Strong sewing thread in deep red
  • Sewing threads to match rich red wool fabric, chocolate brown velvet and lining fabrics
  • Magnetic clasp
  • Oversized button in corn yellow

How to make a bag: Equipment

  • Template (see below)
  • Fabric scissors
  • Long dressmaker’s pins
  • Pencil
  • Fine sewing needle
  • Ruler
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine

DOWNLOAD: get the embroidery bag template here

How to make a bag

1. Print out the bag template above and then, if necessary, enlarge on a photocopier until it is the correct size (use the measurements marked on the template as a guide).

2. Draw a 2cm seam allowance all round each template and cut out to make the patterns. Pin the main bag pattern on to the red fabric and cut out for bag front. Remove the pattern and repeat to cut out bag back.

Tip: Now is the time to embroider the front of your bag if you would like a pattern. You can embroider anything you like but we love these pretty flowers!

3. Using the same pattern, cut out two pieces from interlining and two from lining fabric. With wrong sides facing, tack bag front to one interlining piece. Tack bag back to the other piece of interlining. Using a pencil transfer the fold marks that are on the top edge of the main bag template on to the back of the interlined pieces.

4. Use the Bag Top pattern to cut four pieces from velvet fabric (two are for the facing) and two pieces from interfacing. With wrong sides facing, tack interfacing to two velvet strips.

Embroidery how to: How to embroider a bag5. With right sides together and matching the side edges, pin the bag front to a velvet top piece. The bag front will be wider than the top piece, so pin them together at the sides only.

6. On the back, pinch the top edge of the embroidered fabric at the marks transferred in step 2 to create two small pleats. Make sure the folds at the back of the pleats are facing towards the centre of the bag and that the bag front is now lying flat against the contrast top. Pin the folds in place.

7. With right sides together, machine-stitch the bag front to the bag top along the top edge, sewing the pleats in place as you do so. Assemble the bag back in the same way. Then press seam on both pieces, towards the velvet top and topstitch close to the seam, catching in the seam allowance.

8. With right sides facing, pin the bag front and back pieces together matching the side edges and base. Machine-stitch round edges leaving the top edge open. Turn bag right side out.

How to make a bag: The handles

1. Referring to the template lightly mark the handle positions on the front and back top edges of the bag with a pencil.

2.  Pin the fabric handle piece to the appropriate piece of interfacing. Along the long sides of the strip, press 1cm towards the middle. Then fold the strip in half so that raw edges are concealed and press. Top stitch close to the long open edge and long closed edge of handle strip. Cut in half to give pair of handles.

3.  Pin ends of one handle to the wrong side of the bag front, matching the markings from the template. Make sure that the handle seam is facing towards the bag side seam on both sides and that the handle isn’t twisted. Pin the other handle to the back of the bag in the same way.

4.  Sew each end of each handle in place, stitching about 1cm from the raw edge, and stitching along the previous top stitching line. Sew backwards and forwards over each end a few times to make sure that each handle is firmly secured. Turn 2cm in to the wrong side along the top edge of the bag. Tack in place.

How to make a bag: Bag Lining

1.  With right sides facing, join bag lining pieces and top facings together as for steps 4 to 7 above, reading bag front as bag front lining, bag back as bag back lining and bag top as bag facings. Leave bag lining wrong side out and turn 2cm over to the wrong side along the top open edge. Tack in place.

2. Referring to the template, mark the position of the magnetic clasp on the right side of one facing. Insert clasp, following the manufacturers instructions, making sure that it is flush to the fabric and that the clasp is aligned accurately on both sides.

3. Slip lining inside the bag, with wrong sides facing and matching top edges. Topstitch in place along the top edge catching in bag handles.


4. To finish, sew the oversized corn-coloured button to the top centre of the bag front, using red sewing thread.

Project taken from 20 Floral Bags to Make by Susan Cariello