Skill Level: Confident Beginner Materials
• 11" x 13" piece 32- count black Belfast
linen from Zweigart®* • One skein each DMC® or Sullivans®
USA six-strand embroidery floss* • Size 26 tapestry needle *See Where to Find It on page 110. DMC® Sullivans® 8 blanc 45001 white ♦ 158 45473 cornflower blue, med. vy. dk. ) 310 45053 black ¬ 728 45491 topaz · 742 45183 tangerine, lt. Stitch Count: 76H x 121W Design Size: 43/4" x 75/8"
Instructions: Cross stitch over two threads using two strands of floss. Work 1/4 cross stitch where small symbols appear using two strands of floss. Work running stitch over two threads using one strand 158/45473.
Finishing Materials & Instructions
• 91/2" square coordinating fabric for
backing • Two 91/2" squares coordinating cotton
fabric for lining • 24" coordinating silk cord • Metal chain purse handle with clasps • 2 jump rings • Double-hole plastic cord lock toggle • Coordinating sewing thread • Sewing machine (optional)
Press stitched piece from reverse side, straightening as much as possible. Trim stitched piece to a 91/2" square.
For lining, fold under top edge of each piece of lining fabric 1/4". Press. Fold under 1/4" again and stitch along pressed edge. Place lining pieces right sides together, and stitch one side using a 1/4" seam allowance. Press seam.
For the outer bag, fold and stitch the top edge of the backing fabric and stitched piece in the same manner as the lining. Place backing fabric over stitched piece, right sides together, and stitch one side using a 1/4" seam allowance. Press seam. Flip outer bag so right side is facing up.
Place lining right sides together with outer bag. Stitch one side together using a 1/4" seam allowance, stopping 1" from the top. Press seam.
Fold so that wrong sides of outer bag and lining are together. Pin edges to keep even. To make the casing for drawstring, measure 1" from top of stitched area and mark a line across the length; baste pieces together along line. Measure 1/2" above basting line. Baste along this line, making sure that the outer bag and lining are straight. Stitch pieces together along basting lines, leaving a 2" opening on both ends.
Fold the piece so that right sides of outer bag are together. Stitch bottom and remaining side, stopping at lower basting line. Turn right side out. Insert silk cord into casing; insert lock toggle onto cord. Tie knots in each end and gather bag as desired. Turn in each top end of unfinished fabric 1/4" and hand-sew closed. Sew jump ring to sides of bag 11/2" from top. Connect metal handle to jump rings with clasps.