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Can you believe all the things that you have to do just to get ready to go back to school? It’s crazy! One of the things that is so important not to overlook is the car. For me, it’s especially important to be attentive to my daughter’s car because she drives hundreds of miles back to school. Also, her car is a hand me down from Dad, so it’s seen better days. This summer it needed so much work, like tires, new shocks and all the things that come with general maintenance. While that made it great where you can’t see, there were some things that needed to be spiffed up that you can see, like the leather and vinyl areas.
To make sure my daughter had things she needed for her car (and that they were cute), I gave her this awesome chevron tote that I found at Walmart AND I created a personalized key chain for her. I also personalized the tote!
You’ll notice that I added Armor All® Outlast Trim & Plastic Restorer and Armor All® Outlast Leather Restorer. Those are to help keep her car looking good for those all important return to school first impressions.
I love these products because they do a great job AND they’re affordable. That’s soooo important since back to school always means spending money and we’ve done a lot of that.
I’m very new to embroidery but I’m here to tell ya, “in the hoop” designs are super fun! I’m using the Brother SE400, which is a great beginner machine for embroidery. I tried this key chain file that wasn’t too hard. You just have to really, really pay attention. Trust me. Basically, you create the entire project without taking anything out of the hoop. First, you lay down your stabilizer, then the cotton batting. Next, it’s a series of laying down fabric, changing threads (or not, I just used one) and then cutting down the material. This little key chain has a pocket on the back that will also hold an ID. How perfect is that? So useful! I added this to my daughter’s basket.
Next, I tried my hand at applique. Hey, it’s not as hard as I thought it was! That being said, how weird were instructions that had me cut away fabric to reveal the fabric below? That was testing my instruction reading faith. Still, being a complete newbie at this, I think it turned out great! I used this Mod Dot Applique Monogram file to make it. It’s another series of adding stabilizer, fabrics and changing thread. Honestly, it’s super easy. Thank goodness! I hand stitched it onto the tote and – ta da! A personalized tote!
I packed the tote with ArmourAll Outlast, a flashlight and jumper cables. Consider making a car tote for your car or as a back to school gift. It’s something you’ll feel good about knowing they (or you) have in the car!