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Embroidered Tote Bag




Turn a child's drawing into a long-lasting keepsake with this bag from crafter Sharon Fischer.


  • Plain canvas tote bag
  • Children's artwork
  • Scanner or copier
  • Medium to heavy point permanent marker
  • Tracing paper
  • Iron-on transfer pencil
  • Square embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss in colors of artwork
  • Embroidery needle
  • Quick Fuse iron-on fabric sheet


  1. Step 1

    Scan original artwork on computer or color copier, flip design to make a mirror image, and print.

  2. Step 2

    Trace lines of artwork with permanent marker. Place tracing paper over artwork, and trace marker lines with an iron-on transfer pencil.

  3. Step 3

    Place tracing paper right side down on tote bag, and tape in place with painter's tape. Iron tracing onto tote.

  4. Step 4

    Place a square embroidery hoop around design, pulling fabric taut.

  5. Step 5

    To begin stitching, fold three strands of embroidery floss in half. Thread 6 ends of floss onto needle. Insert needle into fabric, back to front, leaving a tiny loop in the back. Insert needle back into fabric, front to back, and pull needle through loop on back to secure.

  6. Step 6

    Backstitch along lines, and fill shapes with satin stitches. (See the how-to glossary of these and other embroidery stitches that can be used to complete the bag.)

  7. Step 7

    When embroidery is complete, Iron a sheet of Quick Fuse iron-on backing over the wrong side of the embroidery on the inside of the bag.

The Martha Stewart Show, January 2010



Reviews (4)

  • Gemma1 24 Feb, 2010

    Here is a link for finding square embroidery hoops - I saw at least 2 :)

  • ZebaCollection 21 Feb, 2010

    These are adorable and will come very handy. Off to make some for myself and my daughter. She is all grown up now, but I bet she will be very surpirzed to see one of her childhood pictures on this bag.

  • Irishmists 21 Feb, 2010

    they are call q snaps, search under quilting, is their website. I have them, and you can cusstomize their size etc from very small, to very large. I use them for cross stitch embroidery, and alot of other uses. They are very easy to find online to purchase as well. :) Hope that this helps.

  • Pattyeycleshymer 21 Feb, 2010

    I have never seen the square embroidery hoop used in this demonstration. I just tried to google it, but could not find one like it. What is the name and or brand, please. I really liked it.