Leaf Embroidered Tote Bag
Pattern by VaskavullaKnit
Let’s learn how to create a simple tote bag embroidery with this elegant Leaf Embroidered Tote Bag pattern by Thea Rytter aka Vaskavullaknit. To get to know the wonderful and cheerful artist behind the pattern a bit better, we highly recommend reading the interview we had with her.
Tools & Materials
A tote bag
An Embroidery ring
Yarn in different colours – I used plant dyed embroidery yarn by G-Uld
Pencil for drawing the pattern to the bag
Start by drawing your leaves with a pencil. Try to make them as even as possible – that will make it easier for you. Mark the middle of each leave with a dot.
Add the embroidery ring – making sure it’s inner circle is inside the tote bag (or else you will sew it together) and making it nice and even like a little drum.
Thread you needle – I’ve worked with 4 strands of wonderful plant dyed embroidery yarn from Danish brand G-Uld, the thickness of the yarn doesn’t matter. Too thick it will look very bulky and too thin it will take you forever, but everything in between is possible to work with.
Come up through the marked dot from inside the tote bag.
Go down at the top of the leaf.
Come up on the left side of the middle.
Go down just right of the top of the leaf.
Come up on the right side of the middle.
Go down just left of the top of the leaf.
Come up on the left side of the middle, just under where you put the last stitch.
Go down right of the top of the leaf, just under where you put the last stitch.
Come up on the right side of the middle, just under where you put the last stitch.
Go down left of the top of the leaf, just under where you put the last stitch and keep repeating step 8-11.
When you’ve finished the top part, you just keep on doing the same thing, covering the stitches now.
Unless you are very good at drawing symmetrical leaves, you will find yourself finishing one side before the other. You can just cover the last part with regular flat stitches, but for this particular pattern, we are going to cover it with another leaf, so don’t worry.
Repeat with the other leaf, simply embroidering through the first leaf, when you get to it.
Finished! Now you are a master of leaves.