These monogram letters will take your projects up a notch by using them to create beautiful applique. Free printable letters make applique easy!

If you can’t find a pre-made tote I have a step by step tote bag tutorial.  Making a tote is a super easy sewing project.

monogram letters

What is Applique?

Applique is pieces of decorative fabric are attached to another piece of fabric with decorative stitching.

Monogram Applique Letter Supplies

  • Lightweight Heat n’ Bond Lite’ -this is a fusible web (found at fabric stores like JoAnn’s)
  • something to applique, a tote is used in this project -I  purchased the totes a awhile ago (okay years ago and found them in the “great craft room clean-up”. Find similar totes at large craft stores or make one.  This machine applique technique can be used to embellish t-shirts, onesies for babies, aprons, etc.
  • fabric
  • iron
  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • scissors
  • pencil or pen
  • printer and paper to print the templates
  • printable letters templates

How To Applique Step by Step

It just a few easy steps you can embellish a variety of projects. You won’t believe how easy it is to machine applique! I use interfacing to make monogramming simple.  HeatnBond lite is a two-sided iron-on interfacing that has a paper backing on one side.




Make it Easy With Printable Letter Templates {FREE Download}

You can use any shape but I used these printable alphabet letter templates.  Each link below has the upper and lowercase alphabet letters.

Click the link for an instant download PDF, and print the free alphabet stencil templates. They are perfect to cut out for a template. It makes tracing letters a breeze.

These cut-out printable letters have both uppercase and lowercase letters on each page. They are about 3-4 inches in size. The letters are simple using the best font for applique letters. 

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

Types of machine applique

Here are three different types of applique that you can use to monogram your projects with these letters.

Straight Stitch Applique

For this project, I am using a technique called straight-stitch applique. It is the simplest method and easily dressed up any project.  Once washed the edges of the fray can fray giving texture and interest. No worries if you don’t like that I show you what product to use to prevent fraying below. Another example of the straight stitch without interfacing is on this birthday hat.

Zig Zag Applique

These monogram letters could also be zig-zag appliques.  This technique keeps the edge of the fabric from fraying. The stitch length on the sewing machine can be adjusted to sew a wide zigzag or close together to make a satin stitch.

Reverse Applique

I think reverse applique gives a wow. I think it is especially great for felt projects. You can see how I used reverse applique for this birthday crown.

How to machine applique letters

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.

machine applique

Cut out the letter and peel off the paper.

tote-4There is now adhesive on the back (wrong) side of the letter turning the fabric into a fusible applique letter. Flip the fabric letter over and it is ready to be attached to the background fabric.

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. You can hand or machine stitch the alphabet letters. You’ll see, sewing letters on fabric is easy and really makes your project stand out.

how to applique

Machine stitch around the letter.  If you prefer to hand applique a blanket stitch looks cute!

appliqueI used Fray Check around the raw 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. These monogram letters could be used to monogram towels, shirts, blankets. The possibilities are endless.

monogramed tote bag with applique

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

I hope you will give it a try.  Let me know if you have any questions.

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  1. So fun! This tutorial was super easy to follow and gave great tips! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks for the easy instructions! These would be fun to add to personalize bags!

  3. These are so cute! I am not super crafty, but this looks easy enough to do. 🙂

  4. These are adorable! I can think if several projects I’d like to use these for with my kids, thank you!

  5. Thank you so much for the letters to applique. It was the perfect finishing touch for my
    granddaughter’s college graduation quilt.

  6. I’m trying to download the printable letters from your applique monogram post but I can’t. Is it possible for you to send to my email. Thanks

  7. You have made it so easy to understand how to reverse your letter with the heat n lite. I could not figure it out. I wish I could print the free letters.

  8. These alphabet letter sand numbers are exactly what I am looking for. Thank you. I love your website/blog and have signed up for your emails. Thanks for sharing your fun and great ideas.

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