Time to Reveal the UnTutorial that I’ll sew up for August!

So…. it looks like you want me to show you how I made my superhero teacher totes!

I stitched up these bags a few months ago just as my kids were getting out of school. I let the kids take them to school and give them to their teachers as good-bye gifts. They were a hit!

After that I had every intention of re-formatting the embroidery design for different embroidery machines and writing a tutorial for the tote with a zippered top, but you know how things go. Crazy summer… I went to Denver and filmed The Quilted Tree Skirt. Then I took a long road trip with my kids. We drove through Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and then back again!!!

And I thought you forgot about this tote. But I guess not because it won the vote for our August UnTutorial project. 

For the next couple of weeks I’ll work on sewing up some more bags and taking pictures so I can write the tutorial. I’ll also work on design files for your embroidery machines. Tell me in the comments what format you need! When I’m done I’ll offer it for free, of course. That’s what our UnTutorials series is all about. 🙂

p.s. In the meantime, if you simply must sew a tote bag right now, check these out!


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  1. Thank you for the great tutorials! .vp3

  2. PES files for my embroidery machine. Thanks!

  3. Great bag for teacher gifts! I use exp format. Thanks.

  4. Colleen Sain says:

    I need PES. Thanks. I look forward to making this tote for my teacher family members.

  5. Tracy Jarman says:

    Cute bag! I would need VP3 format. VIP is an option as well.

  6. Love this bag, have a few teachers in my family who will love these as well, my machine can read most formats but VP3 is the one that I use most. Thank you

  7. sandra smith says:

    I am so excited I did bags for my teachers also but nothing like yours so I was so excited to read that it won woo hoo for the teachers. I use vip for my embroidery with my largest hoop being a 360×200 I can’t wait to see the tutorial.

  8. So awesome!! In order to use the embroidery file, I need PES format. A hand embroidery design would be cool, too, for those without an embroidery machine. What size will the fike be? I have a 4" hoop.

  9. Shirley Soellner says:

    I have a Janome 350e. It uses the .jef format. thank you

  10. EXP please! I’m so excited to do these!

  11. PES is the format for my machine. Thank you.

  12. Tracie Amsden says:

    I need PES format but can only do 4" x 4" at a time 🙁

  13. Patti Lyons says:

    If possible, I’d love the design for a Brother 1250D. I’m just learning to use the embroidery part of my machine & loving the possibilities. Thank you for all your amazing tutorials! Never doubt that your efforts are appreciated!

  14. So excited this project won. My niece will be finishing college this year to become a teacher. I think this would be a great gift for a newbie as well. My machine works with VP3. Looking forward to making this cute bag. Thanks so much

  15. Tonya Savage says:

    I would love format in PES please!!

  16. I love that bag! My sister is a teacher and I would love to make one for her. The embroidery format I would need is hus or vip. Thanks so much. I can’t wait.

  17. The superhero bags are adorable! I’m excited to sew one up! My format is PES. I have a brother machine. But you just gotta do the hanging baskets too!!!! They are just so cute and handy!

  18. I love your bag and can’t wait for the tutorial. My design format is VP3.

  19. I love the teacher totes! I need a PES format. Thanks!

  20. I need the file type HUS
    Thank you. I love the design!

  21. Very nice of you to create machine embroidery files for this also. Thank you so much.
    I usually download VP3, or VIP, but can also convert others in my software. Most times if I cannot download the two above, I opt for PES.

  22. Penni Eagan says:

    Love your blog and patterns Caroline!! I need pes embroidery files. Thank you!!

  23. Very cute tote and I love totes with enclosed zipper tops. I use .pes format.

  24. Joan Mitchell says:

    My machine doesn’t do embroidery… it would be nice if there were a hand-embroidered option.

  25. I need PES- Thank you for the tutorial and design.

  26. Love a bag with a zip top!! Since I teach, I have a lot of teacher friends who I now would love this bag, espically the embroidered saying. PES format would be awesome. I look forward to your tutorials and thank you for sharing.

  27. Donna Payne says:

    Love your project. I would love to make these for the kids teachers this year! I need PES format please. Thank you for all your tutorials.

  28. Thanks for all you do! I would need VP3 embroidery files for my Husq/Viking Designer Diamond DeLuxe plz. I think youʻve just solved my end of the school year 2018 teacher gifts so thanks!!!

  29. I’m looking forward to this tutorial! Thank you! I use the .art extension. 🙂

    1. Hi Lisa, The .art format is proprietary to Bernina so my embroidery design software can’t export to that (it’s the only one I can’t do). You may be able to use .exp, which I will include. 🙂 Good luck!

  30. Lori Smith says:

    The tote bags are awesome; I’m sure your kid’s teachers really appreciated them. I use a JEF file. Thanks so much!

  31. Vontina Collick says:

    I download VP3, thanks for always sharing with us.

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