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Bean Stitch vs. Satin Stitch

Posted by Anna Pritchett on

Two of POP's most popular designs, the original Clutch and Clutch 2.0 bags, come with a Bean Stitch applique option as well as a Satin Stitch applique option.

We frequently get posts in the POP Facebook group saying, "Help! I'm making the Clutch 2.0 bag, and my design has only 9 steps instead of 11. Where is the satin stitching?!" So let's take a closer look at the design options.

Here's the unzipped Clutch 2.0 folder:

ITH embroidery zipper bag pouch clutch

 

When you open the highlighted folder, you'll see two sub-folders:

ITH embroidery zipper bag pouch clutch

 

Many people simply open the first folder, select their design, and send it to the machine, not realizing which option they've chosen. We are going to open the stitch map for the Bean Stitch option. (New to stitch maps? We talked about what they are and how to read them in another blog post.) Select the stitch map for the desired size.

ITH embroidery zipper bag pouch clutch

 

You'll notice that the 5x7 Bean file contains 9 steps instead of 11. The applique tackdown is a triple stitch or "bean stitch" instead of the satin you may be expecting. 

ITH embroidery zipper bag pouch clutch

 

Here is an example of the Clutch 2.0 with Bean Stitch applique:

ITH embroidery zipper bag pouch clutch

 

The Clutch 2.0's other option, the Satin applique, has 11 stitching steps. Step 7 is the blanket detail, and Step 8 is the traditional satin applique stitch. 

ITH embroidery zipper bag pouch clutch

 

Here's an example of a completed Clutch 2.0 with satin stitch applique:

ITH embroidery zipper bag pouch clutch

 

If you loaded the Bean Stitch file by mistake, don't panic! Stop your machine after Step 7. Go back to your computer, open the main folder for the design, and open the Satin sub-folder. Select the same size that you have started in the Bean format. Send that file to your machine. Make sure it's oriented the same direction as the initial file and lines up with the existing stitching. Forward through to Step 7 of the Satin file, and stitch the Step 7 blanket detail right over the bean stitch. Finish your clutch as directed in the tutorial. 

ITH embroidery zipper bag pouch clutch

 

The original front-zip Clutch design also comes in both Bean and Satin stitch applique options. 

ITH embroidery zipper bag pouch clutch

 

If you would like to see the original Clutch being stitched, check out the Panda Kisses video tutorial of this design. Join the POP Facebook group to see a (formerly live) video tutorial of the Clutch 2.0. Links to videos are in the pinned Announcements area of the group! 

And if you ever wonder where POP gets the supplies used in the design listing photos, click through the blog's Supply List archives.

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What is a Stitch Map?

Posted by Anna Pritchett on

If you've been in embroidery a while, you may remember life before fancy PDF tutorials. Back in the olden days, we had to rely on the stitch map files. These files are helpful to know how to read even with the existence of full tutorials. You can print the stitch map and add your own notes as you stitch the file so that you remember what you did in your own words.

Let's look at the Daybreak Zipper Bag.

 

This is the inside of the main folder once I unzip the file and add it to my POP folder.

 

The Daybreak was updated to offer a Full Front Applique option due to popular demand. As always, the update is FREE for anyone who had already purchased the file. If you haven't downloaded this update, simply log in to your account and re-download the file. 

 

We are going to look at the stitch maps for the Full Front Applique option. Here is the inside of the Full Front Applique folder. What a mess! The files are all jumbled up. 

 

Click on the Type tab and the folder will sort itself by file type.

 

The stitch map files will have a BMP or JPG file extension. In this case, they are BMP type files. Let's select the 5x7 size. 

 

Here is the 5x7 stitch map. When you click on it to open, your computer will open it in whichever default photo viewing app or program you've designated. In the upper left corner of the stitch map, you will see the file name, the stitch count, the exact size in inches and millimeters, the location at which the design begins and ends in the hoop, the number of colors and thread stops, as well as the date the file was saved.

 

The rest of the stitch map is literally a *map* to what your machine is going to stitch. The steps are illustrated and numbered. Step 1 is almost always going to be a placement stitch when you are doing an ITH or in the hoop design. 

 

I created a "cheat sheet" for this design with an explanation of the steps. You can make your own or right-click on the photo and save to your computer for printing. I included notes to remind myself of important details, such as where to add personalization, and when to open the zipper. 

 

When you look at the stitch map for the Daybreak Full Front Applique before sewing, you will realize that the fabric you put down first at Step 3 will only show ABOVE the "swoop" once you complete the large applique BELOW the swoop. There's no need to guess what is going to happen next in any POP design (or any designer whose files include stitch maps). Taking a few minutes to review the stitch map will save you time and frustration! 

 

 

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Football Stadium Banner, Kitty Top Zip Pencil Bag, Donut Bow and Bow Monogram Snaptab Supplies List

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New Sports Balls Zipper Bags, Magical Sports Snaptabs, and Sports Charms

Posted by Jenny Chesnick on

POP's back to school game is strong this week with two new sports ball zipper bags, Magical Sports Snaptabs (Set 1), and Sports Charms (Set 1). Yes, these are only set 1, so more sports are coming soon!
 We have a new Golf Ball Zipper Bag and Tennis Ball Zipper Bag for you, and we updated and refreshed our Basketball, Volleyball, and Soccer Ball Zipper Bags. If you have already purchased the older designs, simply log in to your account and download the updated files from your existing order.
Magical Sports Snaptabs Set 1:
Sports Charms Set 1:
 
Designs featured this week:

Supplies used:

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How to Make Bag Charms - In the Hoop Bag Doodads

Posted by Anna Pritchett on

ITH Zipper Bag Charm Machine Embroidery Snaptab Snap Tab
Gather your supplies: 
Beads
Round nose pliers
Wire cutters
(You can buy a Set of 3 jewelry making tools)
Okay, first off, a few disclaimers. I’m not a professional jeweler. I’m not even an amateur jeweler. I learned how to do this through Pinterest and my BFF, Google. Wires and wire cutters are sharp. Beads are choking hazards. Safety first, people! I’m also not a hand model, and although I did get a manicure, it wasn’t a very good one.
I bought all of these supplies at Michael’s (don’t forget your coupons!), but Hobby Lobby And JoAnn’s will also carry basic supplies. You can buy a small set that comes with the gray tray, round nose pliers, wire cutters, and chain nose pliers for around $10. Or you could pick up a larger jewelry making tray  to have more workspace. 
These are headpins. You can get them in assorted sizes and other color metal finishes. 
Assorted beads—I’ve had these since the late 1990s. Craft hoarding FTW! You’ll need some small beads because the holes in the larger statement beads are larger than the end of the headpins. If you don't already have beads, you can pick up assorted sets to have a variety of colors. 
ITH Zipper Bag Charm Machine Embroidery Snaptab Snap Tab
Ready to get creative? Thread on different colors, and play around until you find a combination you love. See my little Ariel made of beads?
ITH Zipper Bag Charm Machine Embroidery Snaptab Snap Tab
Once you’re happy with your bead arrangement, trim the headpin to leave approximately ½” of empty space at the top. The one on the left is too short, and the one on the right is a bit too long. 
Be careful when you snip off the end with your wire cutters. The tiny pieces like to fly! I usually snip inside of a bag to keep the pieces from winding up everywhere. 
ITH Zipper Bag Charm Machine Embroidery Snaptab Snap Tab
Now grab your round nose pliers. You’re going to make a small loop in the top of the headpin. Hold the wire close to the end to start.
ITH Zipper Bag Charm Machine Embroidery Snaptab Snap Tab
Then bend the wire around until you’ve formed a loop that closes against the headpin near the top of your beads.
ITH Zipper Bag Charm Machine Embroidery Snaptab Snap Tab
The first few times, you may make a weird, lumpy oval or even snap the piece off entirely from too many readjustments. (Oops.) If you aren’t happy with your doodad, just snip off the loop, grab a new headpin, and try again.
Once you’ve made your doodads, attach them using a split ring or jump ring. I like using jump ring pliers, but they're not necessary.
Thread your doodads onto the jump ring or enclose them in a split ring. Attach the doodad to a zipper pull, key ring, or other piece of hardware. I'm using a lobster key ring for this snap tab.
ITH Zipper Bag Charm Machine Embroidery Snaptab Snap Tab
And voilà!
ITH Zipper Bag Charm Machine Embroidery Snaptab Snap Tab
The world is your oyster! Go forth and create endless options for custom zipper pulls and snap tab accessories.
Pick up some alphabet beads to make word/name doodads.
ITH Zipper Bag Charm Machine Embroidery Snaptab Snap Tab
Have fun accessorizing your favorite POP snap tabs and zipper bags! Come show off your creations in our Facebook group.
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