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DIY: How to Punch Needle our Product Blanks

DIY punch needle tote

I wanted to share how you can make your very own punch needle tote bags, buckets, pouches, and wall hangings using our product blanks.  Create a beautiful texture right on top of our lovely cotton canvas by punching fingering/sock yarn directly into the canvas blanks. 

Materials for punch needle tote

Materials:

Fibers:

Fingering/Sock Yarn (100% merino wool)/Embroidery Floss/Any Fiber That Will Flow Through Medium Punch Needle

Ultra Punch Punch Needle with Medium Needle

Product Blank

Q Snap Frame 

Scissors

Frixion Pen

Aleene's Stiffener and Draping Liquid or Mod Podge Fabric

Directions:

Create design.  When creating your design think about the negative space.  Using the tote bag as the background instead of filling it in with yarn allows your design elements to stand out.  Start with simple shapes then you can really begin playing with layout and design. 

DIY punch needle tote

Mark design placement on the back of your banner or inside of your tote.  This will have the loops on the right side of the the fabric. If you’d like the flat stitches showing on the right side of the fabric trace your design onto the right side of your blank.  You’ll then punch needle directly onto the right side for your flat stitches to show.  

diy tote bags

Print out your design.  Using a light source (window or light box) and your Frixion pen trace the design onto your blank.  You could also open the design on your iPad and use that as a light source.

Once the design is traced, measure and make sure you are happy with the placement.  If you need to adjust, iron the Frixion pen markings and retrace.

DIY tote

Place your banner on the Q Snap frame design facing up.  Snap frame into place and tighten.

DIY punch needle

Thread the yarn into your Medium Needle in the Ultra Punch Needle following punch needle instructions.  Start with the smaller design elements and work to the larger sections. 

Outline the shape, then work in a spiral until it is filled in.  Stitches should be about 3-5mm long.  I recommend at least 5-7 rows of stitches for any stand alone elements.  

Once you complete one color move onto another.

To finish, ensure all of your tails are pulled to loop side and snip even with your loops.  Using a tapestry needle, sort out any loops that are tangled with one another.

DIY punch needle

Apply a thin layer of fabric glue or stiffener to your inside/backside stitches to secure.  Dilute adhesive with water to thin.

Tips:

Ensure your yarn flows smoothly through the medium needle.  The large needle is a bit too big for the fabric and may tear it more easily as you punch.

Be sure to graze your needle against the fabric as you pull it up between stitches. 

Make sure you are stacking your stitches like bricks. 

You want your stitches comfortably next to each other, not too tight and not too far apart. 

When punching,  Give the punch needle a gentle push aiming for the hole created from the weave of the fabric.  Try your best not to tear the fabric with your punch needle.

Ensure the frame is tight and retighten if needed - the fabric should be taut like a drum.  If your fabric is too loose your stitches may pull out.  Keeping your fabric taut also makes the holes from the fabric weave easier to see.

Try not to pull out and restitch too many times you may weaken/stretch/tear your canvas which will make your loop slip out in that area.  If this happens try your best to gently nudge the canvas fibers back together and try to add your stitch next to that area instead of inside the weakened fibers. 

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