Sew a Needlepoint Tote
All levels | 30 min 24 sec
Sew a Needlepoint Tote
Preparing Fabric
Sewing Tote
So often, needlepoint treasures find their way into thrift stores or the back of the closet, never to see the light of day. In this class, Anna Maria Horner shows you how to give needlepoint tapestries new life by turning them into beautiful, functional tote bags. Anna Maria leads you through each step, from blocking and trimming your needlepoint to adding accent fabric, boxed corners and decorative pompoms. For those who want to make their own needlepoint from scratch, learn how with this excellent needlepoint sampler class taught by Anna Maria herself.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Finished needlepoint (either a “found” piece or one you’ve made from scratch)
  • Approx. 1 yard chambray or linen for back, sides and bottom of back (amount is determined by size of needlepoint front of bag)
  • Approx. 1 yard cotton fabric for lining
  • Sewing machine
  • Coordinating thread
  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Long grid ruler
  • Scissors
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Sewing needle
  • Straight pins
  • Iron and ironing surface
  • Plush towel for ironing
  • Decorative accessories such as pompoms
  • Optional (not shown): interfacing
  • Note that if you need to block your needlepoint, you will also need: Spray bottle filled with water, T-pins, and blocking surface 
Learn how to:
  • Block found needlepoint tapestry
  • Trim tapestry for use as bag front
  • Design and cut exterior fabric according to tapestry size
  • Cut bag lining according to bag front size
  • Assemble outer bag
  • Create straps
  • Add lining and finish bag
  • Box outer corners
  • Add pompom accents
What you’ll get:
  • Step-by-step instruction on turning a needlepoint sampler into a tote bag
  • HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supplies list
  • Expert instruction from Anna Maria Horner
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students
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Class Reviews
232 users recommended this class to a friend
ShirleyA. Tomany
Wow...extremely well done. Good design, great explanations, very well prepared instructor. Thank you!
January 24, 2023
Melinda Cole
Great job and love the bags and ideas on functioning needlepoint. Love your information and advice. Great class. Enjoyed. Thank you.
More than 3 months ago
Amy Price
I can't wait to make totes for my friends. I'm heading for the op shops now to find needle point pieces to use! Thank you ;)
More than 3 months ago