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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.

Source: Martha Stewart


  • 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. Download letter and flower clip art, and print them onto transfer paper.



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

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

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

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

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