Today, I wanted to make a couple of new samples for the store. I’ve been quilting so much lately that I decided it would be a good idea to try something new.
Since embroidery has always been a favorite of mine, I decided to monogram a tote bag. We have some really nice tote bag blanks in the store that make great items to embroider. I selected one with a zebra print and red trim. Red is my favorite color. Since I have what I consider hard to monogram initials, MMA. Not because embroidering the monogram is hard but because the letters are not always the best looking in many fonts. A’s are often funny looking and the M is usually so wide that it doesn’t fit well with other letters. After trying many fonts, I decided on Curlz MT. The A looks like a cursive A with nice curves. The M is not overly wide and works well with the A.
With that decision out of the way, I decided to digitize my monogram using Masterworks III. Masterworks has 156 built in fonts. Any number of which would work well for my tote bag, but it was a reason to digitize my own. One of my future blogs will be on how to digitize true type fonts for perfect embroidered lettering. With the digitizing complete, I embroidered the bag matching the tread color to the bottom of the bag.
The monogrammed tote looked great. But since Bling is my second favorite embellishment, I used the Artistic Crystal Software to add come Bling around my monogram. In the Artistic Crystal software, it is very easy to open an embroidery design and using the autoborder tool create a border around each letter 2 mm from the edge of the embroidery. Next, you assign crystals to the line and make any adjustments so that no crystals overlap. Then, it is off to the Silhouette cutter which cuts a crystal template. Once that is finished, the template is pulled off of the cutting mat, and placed on a backing board. From there, the template is placed into a tray, the crystals are poured on top and a brush is used to move the crystals into the holes. When the holes are filled, transfer tape is place on top. Brushing on top of the tape causes the crystals to stick to the tape lifting them from the template when the tape is removed. Now it is off to the press.
With the monogrammed bag in hand, I carefully placed the transfer take on top of the embroidered monogram lining it us so that crystals outline the letters. Then press for about 45 seconds using a pressing cloth on top. Try to remove the transfer tape, if the crystals lift up, press again. Do this until the tape lifts off with all crystals remaining on the tote bag. Using the pressing cloth again on top of the crystals, press one more time. Let the bag cool. Then brush your hands over the crystals, they should stay in place. In the end, I liked the bag so much that I bought it and made another for the store sample.
Finished. The tote bag looks awesome. Stop by the store to see a demo on how you can add embroidery and/or bling to your life. You will never be the same once you do.
Happy Embroidering and Blinging,