My `Creative Tote Tutorial` has become a sew along project for the Babylock Serger Group in Yahoo. In fact, in 3 days over 100 people signed up!!!~ I am adding information regarding the tutorial to this page to help and assist these people and anyone who might want to make the tote.
This is a 50 page tutorial with access to more guides and videos. The idea of this project is to learn to use the serger and the stitches but also to have fun with decorative thread. Each panel is decorated using one of the serger stitches. When all the panels are complete they are serger quilted and serged together to form this bag.
Stitches are Rolled edge, narrow hem, 3 thread decorative, flatlock, 4 thread, wave stitch, Cover stitch and chain (although you could use your sewing machine if you do not have Cover Stitch and Chain). I am also in the process of adding 2 new panels to the bag so that people with 4 thread sergers can make additional panels to replace the Cover and Chain panels.
Techniques include putting in a zip using a decorative flatlock, using the ruffler foot, crochet lace, flatlock weaving, Prairie points, imitation piping, piping, 3 thread wave.
Please note that the lovely 3d flowers are designed by Jennie Rayment and I use them with her blessing.
This is a fun project for those who want to be creative and work with decorative thread on their serger.
Creative Tote - A Serger Project - this slide show gives you extra information about this project, including machines, needles, thread and how to approach this project.
See the download buttons below to purchase the pattern and download a pdf of the slide show.
Discussion on Flatlock Stitch problems (for this Creative Tote)