DIY Monogram Pillow

DIY Monogram Pillow

 
Back Porch Bench

I remember the first monogram I ever made.

It involved paint pens and a bow and a whole lot of confidence.

I’m not sure how it started.  I think I saw a bow on Madonna when she was dancing around with her lucky star and I realized that I had a similar hair accessory.

Light bulb moment.

I ran to my room and took out my sticker covered plastic paint pen box and promptly added a letter to the bow.

It didn’t really bear the slightest resemblance to anything lucky.  The bow was grosgrain ribbon and so the edges of the paint pen letter were kind of fuzzy and my K looked like it needed a shave. And that when I had light bulb moment number two.  Cover up all that fuzz with a monogram.

And some flowers.

And a swirl or two for good measure.

The rest simply defies description.

Bows gone wild…..meet my monogram. 🙂

DIY Monogram Pillow

I had monogrammed bows and socks and chairs and welcome mats before, but I had never monogrammed a pillow.

So I started where all good monogram projects start.

With a really good monogram.

Obvi.

monogram

So I started with this free app for the iphone.

You can see the app here.

They also make a version for android, too.

If you don’t have a smart phone, you can always create your own by making one from your favorite fonts (like I did in the chair project).

Next, I enlarged this monogram and cut it out.

monogram pillow project

I traced around the monogram with a fabric pen.

Make SURE you trace it with the fabric right side up.

Don’t try to be clever and trace it with the fabric flipped over.

If you do that it may or may not end up looking like a backwards mess.

monogram diy letter

Now here is the part in the project where I tell you what I did and then I give you a better way to do it that I figured out after I made this pillow.

Here’s the SEW method.

I cut out the monogram that I’d traced onto the fabric and pinned it onto the drop cloth pillow.

Then I stitched around the edges.  You can see the stitching here in the picture above.  I wanted it to be old school.  A little frayed.  A little farmhouse looking.  A little worn around the edges.

And then after I stitched it, I figured out that a little bit of worn goes a long way.

And I wanted it crisper.

And cleaner.

Back Porch Monogram Pillow

So here’s the NO SEW method.

You can find no sew fusible web at the fabric store.

The one I used before had two sides.  Peel off the one side and iron on to your fabric.  Then trace your monogram, cut out, peel off the backing and iron on to your drop cloth.

Here’s a simple DIY I found that explains it.

The pillow is smiling on the back porch with all of its friends on the screened-in porch.

So much better than a bow monogram with facial hair. 🙂

 

PS  I’m all about the ceiling fans this week!  Be sure and check out some fun ideas for industrial ceiling fans I just posted over on the Lamps Plus blog.

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Comments

  1. Don’t leave your dreams on
    your pillow! Love, love! : )

  2. At Walmart, again. Bacon and fusible web.
    I’ll let you know how it works out. 😉

    • This comment cracks me up!! Now I’m totally craving a BLT before attempting a monogrammed pillow.

    • My question is – is she using the fusible web on the bacon to make an edible monogram? Men, dogs and others would love it. Just kidding!

  3. Fusible is wonderful!! It is a gift from the sewing gods who know that sometimes we want to do a project quickly without dragging out the sewing machine. I am ready to monogram! House –Look out!! Nothing is safe from my monograming mania 🙂 Have a great weekend.

  4. I just did this with fusible web for my big chair reveal next week. It worked great. I have a less than stellar monogram with both the letters I and J in my name. It’s so hard to find a monogram with NIJ that looks good. I’m going to give this app a try. Thanks! I love me a good app. Have a great weekend!

  5. Michelle Rudis :

    Love, love, love this, Karianne! Going to go monogram-nuts when I move to my new place in 8 months. As for now, I’ll have to hold myself back–need to focus on purging and packing until the move. Oooo, wait…having my own little light bulb moment…monogram Christmas gifts, labels, invitations, party favors…someone please stop me!!

  6. Great tutorial, Karianne! I love this! Good luck with your shop opening!

  7. Awesome instructions. Looking forward to the new shop opening.I have totally adopted you now, so your blog is with me til the end. Mama Sue

  8. I just love it when I learn something new each day! Thanks for sharing that amazing app. Can’t wait to see ThistleDesigns @PaintedFox! Congratulations, Karianne!

  9. Can we see the monogrammed bow? Please?! :0

  10. Thanks for the no sew/fusible web tips! I’ll be srucing up my couch with new pillows!

  11. KariAnne,
    Love the pillow, thanks for the tips! SO excited for your shop to open. Staying up late tonight…….debit card in hand. (Oh, I do hope I’m on your super secret emailing list!)

  12. Ha ha ha ha monogram with facial hair – I love it – what, no lipstick? I’m sure there was lipstick, too!!! Happy Weekend, Friend!!

  13. So pretty. I noticed these in your post about your gorgeous new fabric line and was hoping you’d go into detail about them 🙂

  14. Love the pillows!! And can’t wait to shop at the Painted Fox!!! Count me in for early shopping, please!!

  15. This pillow is just oh soooooooo sharp looking…I’ll definitely have to try this WITH the fusible web because I need all the help I can get…thank you for giving us this tip! I REALLY love the look of this pillow!

    I am sooooooooo wishing you all the very best with your shop opening and you can bet I will be there right at 11:59:59 pm…I’m putting the coffee on now because the spirit is definitely willing but the flesh is a little weak after a long day,,,but I do NOT want to miss this! 🙂

  16. Still waiting on my super secret email! Can’t wait to shop!!

  17. So pretty! I love monograms…..they are so elegant!

  18. As always, GORGEOUS!! That perfect twist of rustic and classic elegance 🙂

  19. KariAnne! I don’t know if anyone else has let you know, but your pleated drapes are available at Horchow.com!!!!!!! Yay….of course I’ll have to sell off half of my antiques to purchase them, lol….You always bring me a smile with your posts.

    Much Love,

    Karen

  20. I’m not sure why but the link to the monogram app isn’t showing up on my phone:(. I’m doing this project!
    Blessings,
    Tosh