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Making embroidered stars out of recycled shopping bags

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in this blog post you can find easy instructions for making embroidered stars out of recycled shopping bags.

Making embroidered stars out of recycled shopping bags

Make a smart Christmas ornament?

Think of embroidered stars out of recycled shopping bags!

Some time ago, I realised we have so many ‘reusable bags’, all with publicity prints on. We really collected a lot of them, too many to be useful. Why not recycle them?

In the Christmas season, it is a nice and easy decoration project to embroider Christmas-colour stars and cut them out.

What do you need?

  • One or more bags made of a middle weight cloth
  • Contrasting Mettler sewingthread (Seralon) Choose for red or green, depending on the background.
  • Mettler metallic gold, green or red
  • BERNINA embroidery machine (I use the BERNINA 700) and the Large Oval hoop
  • The embroidery file: BERNINA Christmas star 2019

You don’t like to use metallic thread?

A few tips will help you:

  • Lower the machine tension
  • Choose for a metallic needle (it has a bigger eye).
  • Put the bobbin farther away from the machine (to prevent the thread of curling).
  • Reduce machine speed
  • –> This will help you a lot!

Aan de slag:

Cut the bag open.

Fix the cloth in the hoop.

Embroider the stars in red or green, depending on the background. Finish with the metallic thread.

Remove the project from the hoop.

Cut the stars out, leaving about 2mm around each star.

You are ready.

See how nice they look as gift decoration:

Use them to decorate the tree.

Why not spread them around on the furniture?

Easy and quick, as I told you 🙂 .   

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to Complete: Evening
Used Material: bags, Mettler metallic thread, Mettler Seralon, shopping bag
Used Products:
BERNINA 700
BERNINA 700
BERNINA Embroidery Software 8
BERNINA Embroidery Software 8
Embroidery foot # 26 (drop-shaped)
Embroidery foot # 26 (drop-shaped)

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  • kathryn Childs

    I am working on Hessian as I had no old shopping bags, I had to reduce star design by 4% to fit in the frame, is the frame smaller for a 630 machine than the 700 used?

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