As promised, here is the Falling Bag applique tutorial. This applique can be added to ANY bag with a plain front panel. Plain as in no pleats. It should also be added BEFORE you sew your bag pieces together. OK, here we go...
main bag panel
fabric for tree
several scrap fabrics for leaves
wonder under/heat 'n bond
water soluble fabric pen
brown variegated thread
To make the tree applique, first apply wonder under (or another iron-on adhesive) to the back of your fabric. Follow product instructions! Tape the original image to the window then tape the fabric in all four corners over the top - or just use a light box.
Trace the outline of the tree ONLY (not the leaves) onto your fabric with a water soluble fabric pen.
Now that your tree is attached, you can free motion stitch! See the manual for your machine for directions. Make sure to stitch as close to the edge of your tree as possible, then fill in the trunk and branches using up and down motions. I used brown variegated thread to add a little bit of extra interest, but plain brown would work just fine.