I’m sticking with my “Bag Season” theme today for ONE more Blog Post before I move on to something NEW…

I just love the endless possibilities you can get with a simple bag and a Super Cute Applique Design from Baby Kay’s.  The combination is a true match, made in heaven! For today’s project I couldn’t resist one of my all time Alphabet Applique Favorites that I have used a bazillion times…the Crab Alpha. With that adorable little crab peeking out from behind an appliqued letter…you just  can’t help but giggle every…single…time!

So, let’s get started… I found this simple, but adorable Hot Pink Tote bag at my local Hobby Lobby store…not only was it super cute…but really inexpensive too!

Now…there’s a serious plan!

I chose the 8×8 inch size of the Crab Alpha in the letter A…for Alice.  I am pairing it up with the Penguin Grins Font for her name up the side.

Here’s my design stats…

15,840 stitches

7.69” high X 7.5” wide

I prepped my Full 8X8 Fast Frame with Sticky Stabilizer and after finding the center of my design location…I went ahead and fused a piece of NO Show Mesh Cutaway Stabilizer to the backside of the tote bag.  This stabilizer gives the design a permanent stabilizing HOLD and keeps my design looking fabulous.

Here she goes…




As you can see…I don’t go “anywhere” without my favorite Red Clippies from Clover…they hold my bag safely onto the frame…plus they are so easy to clip onto my Fast Frame. I really just LOVE them bunches!   I also slapped a piece of WSS on top, after the fabric panels have been tacked down and trimmed nicely.

Yep…it’s how I roll!


How’s this for Cuteness Overload…





-Crab Alpha Applique (I used the 8X8 size)

-Penguin Grins Font ( I used the 1.5 inch size)

-Fast Frame (I used the 8×8 inch size)

-Perfect Stick Stabilizer (I used Floriani Brand)

-Fusible No Show Mesh Cutaway Stabilizer (I used Floriani Brand)

-WSS (off Brand)

-Heat and Bond Lite Fusible (Hobby Lobby, Joann’s, Walmart and On Line)

-Clover Wonder Clips (Hobby Lobby, Joann’s, Amazon and Quilt Shops)

-Hot Pink Canvas Tote Bag (Hobby Lobby)

-Thread-Exquisite Brand (Hot Pink #325-Teal #109-White #010-Black #020-Light Gray #1707)

-Fabric-Plaid (Primavera #C5743 by Patty Young for Riley Blake) Hot Pink Dots (Dot Essential for Moda)

-Water Soluble Pen for Marking Center of design