Linen bag with Brazilian embroidery.
The bag started off as something to make out of some scraps of linen that were left over. The bag's finished size is 5.5 x 7 inches and is made of unbleached linen. I also made a satin bag to be a lining. Putting the linen fabric in a hoop I couched a blue cording with a darker blue thread in the shape of a heart. Then I embroidered pink Brazilian roses surrounded by simple leaves and white fantasy flower on long stems.
Close-up of Brazilian embroidery.
After hand sewing the linen and satin bags I used small hidden stitches to secure the satin bag inside the linen bag.
Close-up of hand made button.
The bag was cute but a little dull so I decided to make a closure for the bag using a button. Taking a small scrap of linen I embroidered matching Brazilian roses using two strands of floss and a small needle. Then cutting a circle around the embroidery I ran small stitches along the edge of the circle. Next I pulled the thread to make the circle into a yo-yo. Before tightening the circle too much I placed a plastic ring inside. Making sure the design was centered on the ring I secured the yo-yo with a couple of back stitches.
Using felt I sewed a circle on the button back. Then I needle wove a loop on the back of the button and sewed it to the bag. A simple braid using blue and white floss completed the closure.
I have only a tiny amount of the unbleached linen left and I will use it to make a simple doll. The bag and doll will make a great gift!