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. 🙂
So I started where all good monogram projects start.
With a really good 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.
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.
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.
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.