Decorating your straw bag by embroidered fruits appliques

2019-07-10 16:40:21

Cherries + straw = two of my favorite summer motifs. After stumbling upon a lot of adorable cherry

appliques, I knew I had to use them in some way or another. And with an overmuch of straw bags 

in my closet, I had plenty of mediums to choose from. Basically, this combination was a no brainer. 

I love the wicker handles and the fact that there is not a closure to the bag - because, in the summer, 

it is all about easy access, right? The colorful ones are super chic but for this particular project, we 

will be adorning a plain version with some fun and cheeky fruit salad flair!

What You Will Need:
35 - 40 embroidered fruit and vegetable appliques (like cherries, strawberries, bananas, apples, 

carrot, corn & tiny flowers)
Straw or reed bag
Needle and thread (optional)

Start by choosing an assortment of appliques you want to use for your bag. I like to arrange the 

appliques on the bag before gluing them down.

Squeeze a big dollop of glue onto a small piece of paper. I like to use a little square piece of wax 

paper so that the glue stays tacky and does not seep through to your working surface. Use the tip 

of a toothpick to apply glue to the back of the applique. It is okay to go a little heavy on the glue 

here. I recommend applying about 4-5 large dots of glue, covering as many sections as you can.

Carefully place the applique onto the bag. Press and hold for a few seconds. Apply the rest of the 

appliques on one side of the bag and allow to dry for at least 2-3 hours before working on the other 


Here is the same bag with a multitude of fruits and vegetable appliques!