DIY Fashion Fix: How to embroider a handbag

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Get crafty with this super cool gold embroidered handbag tutorial.

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As we saw from celebrities walking the red carpet at the 2014 Met Gala, embellished handbags are all the rage at the moment.

But if you don't have the budget to fork out on a designer handbag, try customising your own handbag or denim rucksack with gold embroidery, thanks to this DIY tutorial by Pinterest, Hand & Lock and Mastered.

It might take a while, but totally worth it.

What you'll need


As well as your standard scissors, needle and thread, you will need beeswax, pearl purl, gold thread, coil (or bullion), all available from embroidery speciality shops like Sarahhomfray.com.

Step 1. The sketch


First off, pick your design, and sketch it either straight on your handbag, or if easier, on a piece of fabric you can then glue on it.

Step 2. Padding


Then, the padding. Using beeswax, wax the soft string, then cut it into lengths that are approximately 3cms longer than the area you would like to cover.

DIY Fashion Fix - How to embroider a handbag - shopping bag - handbag


Lay the soft string over the area that needs to be padded. Start stitching down the padding in the centre of the shape, keeping the thread just on the inside of the design line. When the shape starts tapering off, cut some of the soft string away from underneath in the centre.

DIY Fashion Fix - How to embroider a handbag - shopping bag - handbag


Carry on stitching down and cutting away until you reach the end point where you should be left with one strand. Cut the last thread of padding and bring the sewing thread up at the point and down into the padding. Repeat this process until your design is covered.

DIY Fashion Fix - How to embroider a handbag - shopping bag - handbag

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Step 3. The gold embroidery


Starting in the centre of the shape, lay the needle at a 45 degree angle across the padding to measure the length of coil needed. Cut the correct length and stitch down just outside the paint lines, by threading the needle through the centre of the coil.

DIY Fashion Fix - How to embroider a handbag - shopping bag - handbag


Continue to work up the shape, bringing the needle up slightly further away from the previous. Make sure the purl is cut to the correct size each time. Continue until the end of the design.

DIY Fashion Fix - How to embroider a handbag - shopping bag - handbag


Step 4. The edging



Pearl Purl is to give a nice clean edge to your design. Stretch the wire slightly so that the little sections are more defined. Then using sharp scissors cut the end so that it is smooth.

DIY Fashion Fix - How to embroider a handbag - shopping bag - handbag


Using a single strand of waxed thread, stitch over the end of the pearl purl at the point of the design, making sure the thread sits in between the sections of the wire. Stitch over the first section twice to keep it secure. Continue to stitch along every few sections, with a double stitch at the other end to keep it secure.

Step 5. Finish the design


If you've stitched directly onto your handbag, good job! If not, no problem. Simply cut out the design and glue it onto your bag with fabric glue.

Will you try this tutorial? Tweet us the results @handbagcom

And if you fancy the full-length course, our readers get 20% off on all courses at Mastered, simply use the code HBCOM20 at checkout.

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