I was a pastor’s kid and a missionary kid. Us kids would often get gifts and presents from people we had never met and that always made me feel special. I still remember a necklace with a dove flying down on it (for peace) that I loved and wore for many years when I was a girl. To this day I don’t know who sent it to us in Taiwan all the way from the States. I always thought that when I got older I would do the same for my pastor’s kids. About 5 years ago, I started giving them gifts at Christmas time. These two drawing cases are for 2 of my pastor’s daughters.
When it came time to monogram them with coordinating fabric like I’ve done in the past, I couldn’t find anything that would go with this blue toile. So I “embroidered” them, without at embroidery machine. You all may have figured this out WAY long ago, but it’s taken me until now to figure this out. So here’s a mini-tutorial on how I did it.
You will need:
- Fabric fused with fusible interfacing (I fuse all mine for the drawing cases)
- A piece of heavier-weight interfacing
- A letter stencil (I used the pop-out of the chipwood letters available at Michael’s)
- A pen that matches the thread you will use
Make an outline of the letter.
Place the heavy-weight interfacing under the letter. This keeps the fabric from scrunching under the pull of the stitches. Using a zig zag stitch, sew over the lines to form the letter shape, stopping at corners and adjusting the fabric as necessary. My zigzag stitch width was 3.3mm with a length of .4 mm.
I used a presser foot with an open toe so that I could see the lines more clearly. Ta-da! It takes more time and energy than an embroidery machine, but it sure is a lot cheaper.