Punk Rock Totebag

Chatree's Gift

Embroidered Punk Rock Totebag

For my first machine embroidered project, I made this totebag as a personalized gift for my friend Chatree. He and I have been friends for years. We first met when we started working as early employees (12 & 13) at Inkling - we started the same week. We share a love of design and life. Many of our conversations revolve around be doing what we love and being happy.

For Chatree's totebag, I made an illustration of a white Honda Odyssey - like the one Chatree drives - in Adobe illustrator. I imported the PNG file into the Bernina Embroidery Software to convert it to stitches. After quite a few adjustments, and tests, I uploaded it to my sewing machine to embroider.

Embroidery

Pattern making

Sewing

Construction

Design

Punk Rock Totebag
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Punk Rock Totebag

Hey ho, let's go!

I chose a medium-weight raw denim for the material. I used the wrong side of the fabric as the face. Since the design is very dense, I used a heavy-weight stabalizer for the backside to hold the stitches. After a few failures due to misalignment and stitches getting caught, I simplified the design. I updated the design to be less dense in the areas of the tires and windows. I also changed the number of thread colors from 9 to 5.

Because Chatree is such a rebel in his minivan, I wanted to add a punk rock vibe. Since I love the Ramones, I added the phrase from Bonzo Goes to Bitburg, "Hey ho, let's go!" over the minivan. On the reverse, I embroidered a persoanlized message to Chatree.

Punk Rock Totebag
Punk Rock Totebag
Punk Rock Totebag
Punk Rock Totebag
Punk Rock Totebag
Punk Rock Totebag
Punk Rock Totebag
Punk Rock Totebag
Punk Rock Totebag
Punk Rock Totebag
Punk Rock Totebag
Punk Rock Totebag