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Simple Applique Monograms

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I made one of these totes for a little birthday gift and it was quick and easy.  You can even include a coordinating crayon roll.

I  purchased the totes awhile ago (okay years ago and found them in the “great craft room clean-up”)  at Wal-Mart.  I am not sure if they still carry them.  I have seen similar totes at Hobby Lobby.  You can use this machine applique technique to embellish t-shirts, onesies for babies, aprons……

All you need is Lightweight Heat n’ Bond Lite, a tote and a tiny bit of fabric.




Applique Monograms

Here is the alphabet templates I used.  Each link below has the upper and lowercase letter. Click, download and print.

Letter A

Letter B

Letter C

Letter D

Letter E

Letter F

Letter G

Letter H

Letter I

Letter J

Letter K

Letter L

Letter M

Letter N

Letter O

Letter P

Letter Q

Letter R

Letter S

Letter T

Letter U

Letter V

Letter W

Letter X

Letter Y

Letter Z

Trace your letter onto the paper (smooth) side of the HeatnBond Lite.  The  letter must be reversed. Following the HeatnBond instructions, iron it to the wrong side of the fabric that you want to applique to the tote.


Cut out letter and peel off the paper.

tote-4There is now adhesive on the back (wrong) side of the letter. Flip the letter over and it is ready to go.

tote-5Again following package instructions, iron your letter to the tote bag.  Keep the letter towards the top so you are able to easily sew with the  sewing machine.

tote-6Machine stitch around the letter.  You can also hand stitch around the letter.  A blanket stitch looks cute!

tote-7I used fray check around the edges to keep the fabric from fraying.  You might decide to let the edges fray—–it looks good too!


Finished! It is so quick and you have a really useful gift.




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