By definition a monogram is more than one letter...so this blog title may or may not be correct...
But, I wasn't quite sure what else to call it. If you have an idea, be sure to let me know.
So, you may or may not have noticed that it's cool and trendy to embroider. Well, this is one trend that I am totally on board with (you'll soon learn I try to avoid a good amount of trends). I love that the rules of cross stitching don't need to be followed. You can create an embroidery style all of your own.
I have this goal to make enough embroidered pieces that I can cover a small piece of wall with them.
I've got a few done.
They are all of plants.
I really want to have a few pieces that aren't of plants, and one of those, I wanted to be a "J".
J is for Johnson. My last name.
Turned out making a "J" was pretty easy. So easy, and SO cute, I thought it deserved a DIY tutorial.
What you will need:
Embroidery floss (1-2 depending on the size of your letter)
Fabric (I prefer a thicker cotton)
Embroidery hoop (Mine is a 4" hoop)
First you will need to cut your fabric to put in you square. BE CAREFUL. You can always trim your fabric if there is too much. You can not add fabric to fit in your hoop once it has been cut. If you're doing a 4" hoop like mine, a 7" by 7" square of fabric will work perfectly (and give you a little extra to work with).
Next you will take the inside hoop, and center it on the piece of fabric. With a pencil, lightly trace the inside of the hoop onto the fabric. Now you have a reference to center your letter onto your fabric. If you're anal like me, this is great. If you don't care where your monogram ends up, feel free to skip this step.
Figure out what you want your letter to look like. You can draw it out yourself, or use a font on your computer. Don't see a font you like? I like to get fonts from here. They are free for personal use, and I haven't had any issues with viruses or malware from this site.
Experiment with the different sized fonts, and see what you like best with your embroidery hoop size. For my 4" hoop I did a 3" letter, which was font size 175. Once you've picked your font, make various sizes of your letter in your choices font on your file, and print it out.
If you are drawing your own letter, be sure to practice this on a separate piece of paper.
Once you've chosen which letter you want to do, you'll want to trace the letter into the fabric. Put the letter underneath the fabric, and if you can see it, go ahead and trace.
If you are having trouble seeing it try this: tape your letter onto a window that has light coming through. Position your fabric over the letter, and when it is in the desired spot, tape your fabric onto the window too. You'll want the side on which you traced the circle to be facing the window, that way it won't be seen on your final project.
You don't have to tape it, but it will prevent both from moving while you do your tracing.
After you are all done tracing, you will put you fabric into you hoop. If you don't know how to do that, here is an awesome video tutorial. Make sure you get your fabric pulled as tight as possible.
Next, you will start sewing! Well, First you will want to thread your needle, and tie a not at the end of your embroidery floss. Then, you will start sewing.
If you chose a block letter, this will be super simple. Just sew from one side of your letter to the other until you have fill the entire letter. I like to start from the same side of the letter for each pass, it wastes more thread, but ensures a much cleaner look. It also goes a little quicker.
If your thread runs short, no big deal. Just tie it off, get a new piece and keep going.
To finish, retighten your fabric in it's hoop if needed, and then trim the edges of your fabric. You will want to leave about a quarter of an inch around the hoop. It needs to be just enough that you can fold it over, and glue on the wood hoop. If it's too long, and goes past the hoop, then, depending on the color of your fabric, it will show through.
Hot glue the extra fabric into the inside back of the hoop.
I opted not to do this, but, if you'd like to make the back extra fancy, take a piece of felt and glue it into the back of your hoop. Do not put glue on the fabric stretched out on the hoop. It will leak through and ruin your project. Instead, use your hoop to trace a circle in the felt and cut it out. You will find that is just a little too big to fit in the back of the hoop. Use that to your advantage, and glue where the felt touches the hoop, down.
And Voila, you're finished.