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
- Clip Art (see 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
Using scissors or a craft knife, cut loosely around the designs, leaving an 1/8-inch border.
Lay an ironed pillowcase on a table or other hard, heat-resistant surface (not an ironing board, which has too much padding).
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.
Cut out 3 same-size flowers for each applique, snipping petals almost to center.
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.
Fold 3 flower cutouts in half, and stitch them together at centers to create 1 bloom. With thread, secure it to pin.