Few things make a home feel as cozy as the aroma of homemade bread coming from the kitchen.  With the popularity of breadmaking machines and the huge demand for bread flour and yeast, it seems that there is a lot of baking happening!  We may be prevented from sharing a meal with our neighbors and friends, but we can spread that cozy feeling by dropping off a warm loaf of homemade bread to them (of course while wearing a mask and maintaining social distance). My 16 year-old granddaughter has done this regularly since she got her bread machine this spring.  Because presentation is an important part of any gift, put your Brother embroidery machine to work and whip up this easy bread bag to deliver your delicious hot loaf. This is a gift that can stand the test of time! Let your friends know they can instantly turn the bag into a dish towel to remind them of your friendship (and the delicious loaf).  Bread machines and Brother embroidery machines make a great team any time, but especially in trying times like these.  Let’s get started.
MATERIALS:
  • Tan ready made dish towel or make your own finished at 17.5 x 27”
  • Design—Embroidery Library “Farmers Market Homemade Bread” m18711”
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    • Select size 4.82 x 6.85, delete 25¢/loaf, thus reducing the size to 4.82 x 5.76
  • Notions: brown embroidery thread, water soluble thread for needle when sewing, sewing thread for bobbin, Brother water soluble stabilizer
    , 27” 3/8” ribbon for tie, 4 brass safety pins large enough to carry ribbon
  • Brother embroidery machine
    w 5x7 frame
  • Loaf of homemade bread
  • Water soluble marking pen
*This is a product from Embroidery Library and Brother International Corporation makes no representations or warranties regarding such products. INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Prewash, press and starch towel 2. Mark center for embroidery 8.25” from side, 10” from bottom. 3. Hoop Brother lightweight water soluble stabilizer and towel in 5x7 frame. Embroider with brown thread. 4. Remove as much stabilizer as possible.  Soak to remove that which remains.  Air dry then starch and press. fabric on table   5. Place towel on loaf with embroidery wrong side up and wrap towel around, centering embroidery on top of loaf. 6. Leave 5” beyond bottom towel hem and remaining towel length. Mark that 5” line. measure 5 inches   7. Remove bread.  Pin edges together. NOTE:  All stitching except embroidery is done with water soluble thread in needle. 8. Straight stitch along that line, right sides together. bottom seam   9. Stitch both hemmed side edges together to hold in place.  Then seam again with seam allowance determined by the size of your loaf.  Mine required a 2” seam.  NOTE:  If available, the laser is helpful here. side seam   10. Stitch a short diagonal seam across each corner.  Do not trim away the bulk.  Leave the towel intact. 11. Insert brass safety pins from inside at center back, center front and each side, 3” from the top, creating a ribbon carrier.  Turn bag right side out. 12. Insert ribbon carriers through safety pin. safety pins in fabric   13. Insert bread into bag along with dish towel poem instructions. finished bag   Bread Dish Towel Instructions: Remove this tasty bread and cut a slice or two, It was made with neighborly love just for you. Slather it with butter and enjoy the homemade treat. Or spread some jam, the taste just can’t be beat.   bag with bread To make it into a dish towel, here’s just what you do. Remove the ribbon and all safety pins too. Then wet the seams with a cloth or spray. You’ll see all the stitches melt away! Press the towel-here’s a keepsake for every day.   Now don’t you feel cozy at home?   CLICK HERE FOR PDF!
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Janice Ferguson Says:
1/7/2021 12:23:34 AM

Bread is so basic and so meaningful. Thanks for your comment, Carol.

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Susan Malone Says:
1/6/2021 8:34:48 AM

I love this idea. I recently purchased my first bread machine and I think during the shortages of the pandemic, many others purchased one also. I am going to try out your tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

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Cristina Says:
1/5/2021 10:01:52 PM

I love this!!! This will be everyone’s Christmas gift next year.

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Mary M Says:
1/5/2021 9:24:40 PM

Janice, I love this! It may be a way for me to “connect” with my neighbors!

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Janice Ferguson Says:
1/7/2021 12:30:20 AM

Linda, it is a perfect little gift to remind those staying at home that they are lovingly remembered. And who doesn't love a loaf of homemade bread? Happy baking, happy sewing and happy new year. Thanks for your sweet comment.

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Janice Ferguson Says:
1/7/2021 12:26:21 AM

Sandra, this is a relatively quick and easy gift bag. The washaway thread making it into a dishtowel just delights and amazes so many people. I know you will enjoy stitching and giving these bags. Thanks for your kind comment.

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Janice Ferguson Says:
1/7/2021 12:19:40 AM

Thanks, Rebecca. A loaf of bread and a dishtowel should be a welcome reminder of neighborliness and yet not make the recipient feel beholden. Thanks for your comment.

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Rebecca Chapman Says:
1/5/2021 8:46:13 PM

This is clever. It speaks to the idea that gifts should be light and not a burden. It is a trying time, and anything light and thoughtful would go a long way.

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Cheryle Says:
1/5/2021 9:03:35 PM

Very clever, would make a thoughtful gift.

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Cheryl Glander Says:
1/6/2021 2:48:42 PM

Very Cute! I will try it,

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Sandra P. Humphreys Says:
1/5/2021 9:48:17 PM

What a delightful gift bag! I must add this to my “Want to make Projects! Thanks, Janice for sharing your creative talents.

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Patti Walsh Says:
1/5/2021 9:06:45 PM

What a great idea! I have been baking bread weekly for years! Great job, Janice!

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Linda Howard Says:
1/6/2021 8:23:18 AM

What a perfect gift for all our friends who are staying at home during Covid. On my short “to do” list. Thank you and Happy New Year!

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Janice Ferguson Says:
1/7/2021 12:28:03 AM

What a welcome gift this will be, Cristina! Won't they be delighted when the bag is laundered and becomes a dishtowel? Thanks for your enthusiastic comment.

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Carol Warren Says:
1/5/2021 9:32:03 PM

Wonderful!

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Janice Ferguson Says:
1/7/2021 12:20:52 AM

Yes, Cheryle, thoughtful and useful for anyone. One size fits all! Thanks for your comment.

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Janice Ferguson Says:
1/7/2021 12:22:23 AM

Yes, Mary, and at this time connections are so important. Many feel so isolated and a simple loaf of homemade bread can bring a lot of joy. What a thoughtful comment.

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