Stitch a summer berries bag - free tutorial!

Published on 30 April 2021 By Shikira Alleyne 3 min read

Freshening up your summer accessories with a bit of stylish stitching has never been easier! Embroidery artist Shikira shows you how to make the most out of your wardrobe by embellishing plain accessories, like a straw clutch bag, with some sweet summer berries.

Materials

A variety of stitches are used in this tutorial, need to brush up on your technique before you start stitching? Check out our embroidery stitch library for some handy how-tos! You'll need to know:

  • Split stitch
  • Fishbone stitch
  • Long and short stitch
  • French knot

Download the pattern!

Summer Berries in DMC - PAT0610 - Downloadable PDF
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Summer Berries in DMC - PAT0610 - Downloadable PDF

By DMC

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How to make your summer berries bag

1

Begin by printing off your downloaded template from the LoveCrafts website. Using your greaseproof paper and pencil, trace the Summer Berries template.

2

Roughly cut each pattern out. Arrange the pieces as you’d like. Using your pins, carefully pin each pattern to the bag using just 1 or 2 pins.

3

From here you can begin to stitch each pattern in any order you like. I started with the strawberry with yellow seeds. Reference your colour diagram and stitch chart which is pages 1 and 3. Use 2 strands of DMC colour 13 and thread your needle.

Begin stitching the strawberry leaves using the long and short stitch and stitching through the tracing paper. The long and short stitch is similar to the satin stitch but using different length stitches. Continue to build up the colour until you fill the whole area. You will also benefit from using a thimble to help you pull the needle through this very tough fabric surface.

Pro Tip

Before beginning a new pattern check page 1 which is your coloured diagram. For example, the strawberry is A2. Stitches are labelled A-D and colours are labelled 1-8. So the strawberry is A – Long and short stitch, with 2 – colour thread 3801. You’ll need to reference page 1 often and remember you will use only 2 strands for the whole design.

4

Once the leaves are complete, change thread colour to 3801 with 2 strands. Again you are going to fill the strawberry using the long and short stitch. I recommend you start filling the outline first.

5

Once the outline of the whole strawberry is full you can now gently remove the greaseproof paper. Because you have stitched the outline it should tear away really easily. Now continue filling your strawberry. 

6

I always find it hard to fill in and stitch the same area for a long period. To keep me going I just start stitching another pattern and return to any unfinished parts after. 

7

After stitching the outlines  and filling the areas of the other patterns with long and short stitch, moving along from strawberries, blueberries, blossoms and cherries. I then removed the excess greaseproof paper from around them all.

8

Once all the greaseproof paper is removed from the main parts of the patterns you can then look at touching up any outlines by adding a few extra stitches.

9

You can now reference the diagram to begin stitching using another colour and stitch. I began stitching any leaves to the patterns which used a fishbone stitch, starting with the blueberries. I also change my colour thread to dmc 909 or 13 depending on the requirement. I also added the details to the flowers.

10

Moving on, I removed anymore remaining greaseproof paper from the patterns. All that is left to complete is details to the cherry and strawberry using a split stitch. Again reference the diagram for the correct thread colour. 

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About the author

Shikira Alleyne

Craft tutor and textile designer, Shikira Alleyne (@kre8iveshack on instagram), is a multi-crafter born and raised in south london. She designs and facilitates workshops which are enjoyed by people of all abilities. She continues to be inspired by her Caribbean heritage and the positive representation of people of colour. Her work explores a variety of techniques including embroidery, print, and fiber arts. Check out some of her tutorials on the Love Crafts website.

www.kreativepursuit.com

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