This post goes along with my https://blondieandcurls.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/diy-tote-bag/ . I wanted to personalize the girls’ Trick-or-Treat Bags with the same fabric I used for the straps. This was my first attempt at doing this and I think it turned out pretty marvelous.
You will need:
Rotary cutter and mat or very sharp scissors
Print out of your letter in a large thick font
Step 1: Find a nice thick font on your computer and figure out how big you would like it for the project you’re working on. I ended up typing in a larger font number in the window because the largest (size 72) in the drop down menu wasn’t big enough. Print your letter and cut it out.
Step 2: Use the letter you cut out as a template to cut your fabric piece. I got lucky and both my girls have rotary cutter friendly letters, all straight lines no curves. I folded the “H” in half to make the center bar easier to cut. You should have near perfect fabric letters once you’re done.
Step 3: Place your letter on the item you will be sewing it on to determine final placement. You can use a ruler if you are OCD about equal sides and being centered. I used fabric glue to hold my letter in place. When applying the glue you don’t have to use a lot and just glue the center of the letter instead of going all the way to to edges. This is because when it dries you don’t want to have a problem with your sewing needle getting through the fabric and glue. I also put a piece of cardboard behind the layer of fabric I am sewing on to because some of the glue goes through and if you are working with a tote type item you don’t want the glue to stick the insides together. Let the glue dry for about a 1/2 hour or more if needed and remove the cardboard.
Step 4: Now you are ready to sew! I used a zig-zag stitch and messed with the settings on a scrap piece of fabric first. The following picture shows the settings I went with for this project. Once you have that part decided you can start sewing. It can be tricky when working with a finished tote. Just make sure to keep checking that you aren’t sewing the tote bag together and you are just sewing the letter on one layer of fabric. Also remember to take your time and hold your fabric tight to make sure it isn’t puckering. Once you come around to the point were you started go passed a couple stitches and back stitch. Cut your thread and you are done!
Here are my finished products ~>