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Iron-On Monogram Tote with Petals

An iron-on initial in a woodsy typeface is an inspired (and easy) alternative to embroidery. Floral appliques naturally extend the theme. The same applique makes a nice arrangement on the end of a bobby pin.




  • Avery Dark T-Shirt Transfers, if doing a white-on-dark transfer
  • Epson Iron-On Cool Peel Transfer Paper, for basic transfer
  • Natural-fiber (such as cotton) tote bags
  • Lightweight natural fabric, such as cotton voile (for appliqued flowers)
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Ironed pillowcase
  • Iron
  • Clip Art (see step 1)


  1. Step 1

    Download letter and flower clip art, and print them onto transfer paper. A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K,L,M,N,O,P,Q,R,S,T,U,V,W,X,Y,Z

  2. Step 2

    Using scissors or a craft knife, cut loosely around the designs, leaving an 1/8-inch border.

  3. Step 3

    Lay an ironed pillowcase on a table or other hard, heat-resistant surface (not an ironing board, which has too much padding).

  4. Step 4

    Place an ironed bag on pillowcase. Arrange cutout designs face-down on bag, avoiding seams or pockets. Iron letter onto a bag, and iron a sheet of flowers onto fabric.

  5. Step 5

    Cut out 3 same-size flowers for each applique, snipping petals almost to center.

  6. Step 6

    With a needle and yellow thread, tack on 1 flower: Bring needle up from inside bag, through flower's center, and back down; fold flower in half. Tack another flower onto bag, next to the first; fold in half. Repeat to tack on a third next to second, to create a ruffled effect.

  7. Step 7

    Fold 3 flower cutouts in half, and stitch them together at centers to create 1 bloom. With thread, secure it to pin.



Reviews (1)

  • Goodie2shoes 23 Dec, 2013

    I would have loved to make this easy project, but could find no way to download the alphabet or even view it. So disappointing!