Lately, I’ve been coming up with ideas for ways to add cute embroidered details to various items I already own. I love that I can make something feel less plain and give it a little more style and personality!

Today, I wanted to show you how I stitched this constellation embroidery design onto a solid gray tote bag. Here’s my DIY tutorial video with the instructions!

This project could make a wonderful personalized gift – you could choose a friend’s zodiac sign, vary the colors, and since it’s just an embroidery design, it would look lovely on just about anything that’s made out of solid-colored fabric. 

Here are the materials you’ll need with links to where you can find them:

  • You’ll need a tote bag or something else to embroider! This is the bag I used in the video (in a few different colors), but you don’t have to pick this exact one – this should work with any tote bag!
  • Scissors
  • Scotch tape
  • Printer paper
  • Pencil or printed out star chart. I just searched around on Google images to find something I liked and traced it. Just make sure it’s the right size for your tote bag!
  • Fabric pen
  • Embroidery needles
  • Pliers
  • Embroidery floss

Like with anything, if you’re new to embroidery, you could start out by practicing and testing out your design on a scrap piece of fabric first. That way, you can get the hang of it before you start on the tote bag! This is also a pretty easy design to remove and re-stitch if you don’t like the way it’s looking. I actually ended up embroidering one of these constellations twice and it looked much better the second time.

Closeup on Constellation embroidery design by Lauren Fairweather

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What would you embroider constellations on – a tote bag like I did, or maybe a jacket or wall banner? And which constellations would you choose? Tell me in the comments below or on social media! Tag me @laurenfairwx on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

And here’s a Pinterest-friendly graphic if you’d like to save it on one of your inspiration boards for later:

 DIY Constellation Embroidered Tote Bag by Lauren Fairweather

Thanks for reading and happy stitching!

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. I receive a small portion of any sales at no cost to you, which helps me to keep making free content like this tutorial! 

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