Embroidery Motif Bag

Created By: Janome Educator Ann Hein
Skill Level: Advanced

Using the Border and Normal Sew stitches in the Horizon Memory Craft 15000 you can make a unique embroidered bag. Placing the embroidery on a vinyl fabric or fashion suede fabric gives it a modern fresh feel. Fabric colors and embroidery thread can make each bag different and interesting. Mix and match for all your spring outfits!

Janome Supplies Required
  • Horizon Memory Craft 15000
  • Embrodiery foot P
  • Zipper Foot E
  • F2 foot
  • O Foot
  • Straight stitch plate
  • Both bobbin cases
  • SQ 23 hoop
  • Red Tip needle
  • Horizon Link Suite software - installed
Fabric and Notions Required

Other Fabric and Notions Required:

  • Embroidery thread
  • All Purpose Thread
  • Pre wound embroidery bobbin or use the matching embroidery thread in the bobbin
  • Wonder Clips - 4
  • 2 - 1” D rings
  • 14” zipper
  • Vinyl – 1/2yd 60” wide fabric – See cutting instructions below
  • 2 - 15” squares of cutaway stabilizer

Design the Embroidery

  1. Open Horizon Link Suite.

  2. Open EmbLink Tool.

  3. Open Editing Embroidery Designs.

  4. Select Embroidery Edit and select hoop SQ23.

  5. Select Monogram.

  6. Select Border.


Row 1:

  1. Use the 2 shapes highlighted.

  2. Place the diamond shapes one large  and 2 small  until there are 7 large diamonds and 6 small sets.
  3. Select Enter.
  4. Close the Border Box.
  5. Move Row 1 to the top of the hoop placing the top of the green box on the edge of the hoop area.

    Tip: Use the arrow keys on the keyboard to move the group up to the very top. Click off the design then select design again to active the keyboard keys. Keep the middle diamond on the center line.

Row 2:

  1. Open Border from the Monogram menu again.
  2. Using the same 2 shapes place 2 small and 1 large until there are 7 small sets and 6 large diamonds.
  3. Select Enter.
  4. Close the Border Box.
  5. Select View from the top menu.

  6. Select Zoom in and increase until it is easy to see the grid line.
  7. Using the arrow keys on the keyboard move Row 2 up until the green selection box touches the bottom of the small diamonds of the first row.

  8. Once Row 2 is in place Select Horizontal Mirror.


Continue Building Rows:

  1. Select Edit.

  2. Select both of the newly copied rows.
    Tip: Select one row then hold the shift key down and select the second row
  3. When both designs are selected, select Copy& Paste – ONE time
    Tip: Copy & Paste copies right on top of itself so only select once!
  4. Using the arrow keys move the copied group of designs down, placing the green selection box just touching the bottom of the Row 2 designs.

  5. Repeat this 2 more times so there are 8 rows.
  6. Select all 8 rows and Copy & Paste one time.
  7. Move the group of designs down.
  8. Select row 15 then select Copy & Paste one time, move this design to the bottom.
  9. Select all 17 rows and touch Center  to bring the design to the center of the hoop
  10. Save design, Touch  and save design as “main bag”
  11. Send design to machine using your favorite method


  1. Cut the strap first – 3” x 60” set aside.
  2. Main bag - 2 pieces 12” x 12”
  3. Strap tabs for D-ring -2 pieces 1” x 2”
  4. Zipper facing -2 pieces 1” x 10 3/4”, zipper tabs 4 pieces 1” x 1 1/4”
  5. Embroider Design.
  6. Prepare machine for embroidery.
  7. Hoop the cut away stabilizer in the SQ 23 hoop.
  8. Thread machine with Embroidery thread of choice.
  9. Place vinyl centered on the hoop.
  10. Use the Trace/Baste Function to hold the fabric in the hoop.
  11. Embroider the design on both pieces of vinyl for the front and back of the bag.


  1. Return Machine to regular sewing
  2. Thread machine with thread that matches the vinyl
  3. Trim the Main bag to size
  4. Using the embroidery area as a guide and a ruler and rotary cutter measure a ½” away from the stitching at the top and trim. Measure a 1 ¼” away from the sides and trim. Measure 2 ¼” away from the bottom and trim. Trim the cut away stabilizer to the edges of the embroidery.

  5. Add facings to the zipper.
  6. Attach Zipper foot E to the machine. Go to Sewing Applications, Zipper, Lapped Zipper, Sew Left side. This is not a lapped zipper but by using the presets for this zipper application we can easily sew this zipper in!
  7. Lay zipper right side up on the table; place the facing wrong side down on the zipper with the raw edge against the zipper teeth on the left side of the zipper. Zipper is longer than needed so facing can be placed away from the zipper head. 
  8. Once that side is completed select Sew Right side, place facing on zipper matching placement with the previous piece.

  9. Add tabs to zipper.
  10. Change to the Open Toe Satin Stitch foot F2 foot and Utility Stitch 1. Using the 1” x 11/4” strips, place them wrong sides together and slide the ends of the zipper tape inside. (fig 21).

  11. Sew around the tab securing the zipper tape inside.

  12. Prepare the strap.
  13. Fold the strap in thirds. Use Wonder clips to hold it in place. Stitch down the center of the strap using Decorative stitch #73. Stitch again on either side of the previous stitching using Applique Stitch #9.

  14. Add the D rings
  15. The D rings are place on opposite ends of the facing and requires only one strap. Using the strap tabs fold over the D ring on the straight edge. Place them 1 ¾” in on opposite sides of the zipper facing. The Main bag pieces are larger than the zipper facing. The zipper facing will float above the top of the bag and will not be secured in the sides. Add the Main bag to this “sandwich”.
  16. Seaming is done on the right side of the fabric with wrong sides together. Use the Wonder Clips to hold everything. Sew each side of the zipper facing being sure to secure the D ring tabs. An additional row of stitching can be placed near the tabs.
  17. Fold the strap over the D rings and secure in place. Be sure not to twist your strap!
  18. Sew it all together.
  19. Place the Main bag sections wrong sides together and stitch the side seams using the O foot and Quilting Stitch #2 – increase stitch length to 2.0.
  20. Sew across the bottom but do not catch the side seams. Bring the side seam and the bottom seam together and sew across making a flat bottom.



Everyone is Talking about Embroidery Motif Bag

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Around the Table Dresden Placemats
Saturday, December 17, 2016

I like the concept, but the directions are "sloppy." Nowhere in the supply list does it mention the felt or the batting (how much?). Also, I would never use a high loft batting in a placemat, or a table runner, as I think that it would be too unstable for a glass. The next time I make these, I will cut out the batting (I use flannel) and spray baste it to the wrong side of the Dresden plate before I put the Dresden plate on the felt to cut out. I have not yet washed the finished placemat, and am hoping that the single layer of felt does not curl up, or become distorted after washing/drying.
Fun Great Gift!
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Teatime Quilted Tablecloth
Friday, February 24, 2017

I made this today but your cutting directions need to be changed. You only need 4 of color 1 and color 3 4.5 squares for the triangles. Also the inner border, you only need 2 cuts as WOF is long enough to cut each in half to fit the sides.
Great Machine
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I've had this machine for only a week now. I bought it used from a lady who makes her own clothes, but she no longer needed the machine. During the purchase, she noted that she is almost sad that it's better to give it away because of how well the machine performed. (I also bought it along side a computerized machine of another brand.} She demoed the machine for us, showing it worked and gave us everything (including the box it came in!) She took amazing care of this machine. I have used it a few times now, and the directions for threading were easy to follow (albeit my hands are quite large so the lower looper was a pain, but that is no fault to the machine or brand.) And I recommend this machine to anyone who wants to learn to serge and wants a machine that can grow with them. I will happily use this machine time and time again.
S9 Review
Sunday, February 25, 2018

I love, love, love my S9! It's sews and embroiders beautifully and it's simplicity of use amazes me. I would recommend this machine for both a beginner and an experienced seamstress. If I would ask anything of Janome it would be to upgrade the programming to run a larger hoop size. I understand that it can't get much wider but there is most definitely room for it to go longer. That is the only limitation of this machine.
Monday, February 26, 2018

I purchased a Memorycraft 15000 a few years ago and it was the best purchase I ever made! This machine can do just about anything you would would ever want! I love the capability of using the Acuedit app to set up my embroidery pattern on my Ipad and then download it to the machine! I love how my embroidery looks upon completion and I love all the good lighting it has to light up your workspace. That way you don’t need to worry about where to set up your machine. It also has plenty of room to do machine embroidery on any size quilts! There are many decorative stitches from which to choose that are outstanding! It’s hard to choose which one to use! There are so many great features it is hard to decide what I love the most. If you want to buy only one machine to last a lifetime, I would recommend this one!
S9 Review
Sunday, February 24, 2019

The S9 is amazing. I learned to sew by hand when I was just 5 and in my grandmothers way as she was quilting. I took seeing classes in high school until they would no longer let me sign up. The S9 makes me appreciate my current skills as well as motivate me to want to learn more. This machine is awesome.
Horizon Memory Craft 15000
Thursday, November 19, 2020

My Janome Horizon Memory Craft 15000 is fantastic! I love, love, love this machine! When I came across the Eye for and Eye embroidery design today, I wanted to make it. However, the embroidery file is missing. Nothing downloads when I select the download button. Please help!
Treat Bag fun!
Monday, August 16, 2021

I made the Halloween treat bag for my new granddaughter and I’m sure it will last for years. No embroidery machine so I appliquéd the lettering. Need a little more skirt fabric for a better gathered look, and I used thin double-bias tape for the skirt hem, over edge stitch on skirt sides. I’m pleased with my results!
Very helpful tutorial
Wednesday, October 25, 2023

I want to say thank you for teaching me this method of applique. I was able to do it with a small letters. This method is the best so far from all of those I've seen and tried.
So useful
Thursday, November 30, 2023

I'd like to express my gratitude for teaching me this appliqué method. I successfully applied it with small letters, and, so far, it's the most effective among all the methods I've seen and tried.

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