How to Make an Appliqued-Monogrammed Patch


I LOVE the how versatile a patch can be.  Whether it’s an appliqued patch with satin finished edges or a raggy patch with raggy edges.  A patch can be ironed on (most common way when we think of a patch) or glued on with E6000 (my favorite way due to the ability to stay adhere way longer then Heat-n-Bond Lite).  The glued patch allows you to monogram items that can not be hooped easily with your machine (lots of single needles limit one’s ability to hoop items), items that have pockets on the inside of a bag and can not be stitched shut, and a solid patch allows you to monogram an item that has a busy pattern whereas otherwise a monogram would get lost in the pattern….no matter what color thread choice one chooses on a busy pattern, the monogram always seems to get lost in the pattern. 

Below I explain how I make my patches using simply one of my applique designs.  I demonstrated it using an oval design, but this will work with any patch applique design. 

Materials needed:  hoop, 2 sheets of tear away stabilizer, 2 pieces of fabric, temporary adhesive spray, Fray Check, E6000, craft stick (not shown) and a few drops of water (optional)

The tear away stabilizer will act as your item (example: a shirt) being appliqued. So hoop  your two pieces of tear away.  I used two pieces to give the patch more stability/stiffness. 


Since I know my patch is oval and will be stitched out in the center of my hoop,

I simply adhered my fabric to the stabilizer with the spray prior to stitching out my placement stitches of the applique.   


Not only do I adhere the fabric inside of my hoop, but with my second piece of fabric I adhere it to the under side of my hoop. 

By making a fabric backing of the patch, it will insure that the patch will adhere to the item with the e6000 glue.  If I were to leave the back of the patch tear away stabilizer,

I would be putting glue on something that would eventually tear away……are you with me???  I hope that is not too confusing.  

Some folks call this method floating…..I’m not hooping the fabric on top nor on the bottom.  I am floating it on top and bottom of the stabilizer within the hoop. 


Then place your hoop in the machine to stitch out the placement stitch as well as the tack-down stitch.

This is the underside or backside of the patch once it’s been stitched.

Trim the applique just as you would if you embroidered it on an item. 

This is the top of the hoop.

This is back of the patch on the underside of the hoop.  Trim it just as you would any applique. 

Front….trimmed and ready for satin stitch.


Return the hoop to the machine for the satin stitch and monogram. 


Once the design/patch has stitched out.  Take it out of the hoop and tear away the stabilizer.


There will be or could be a few little remnants of the tear away left behind. 


I put a little bit of water on the tip of my finger and gently rub the remnants away from the stitches. 

My tear away stabilizer is not tear away solvable, but wetting it a little makes it go away. 

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I do the front side as well as the backside with a wet tip of my finger. I also make sure to trim any threads that may show. 


img_2841Once all the tear away remnants are gone, I go around my stitches with Fray Check. 

I would like to believe the Fray Check will act as a protectant coat around my outer stitches. 


I mentioned that I like to apply my patches with E6000 clear glue.  It washes well as well as sticks well. 

NOTE:  It does take 24 hours to cure.

Some people like to put Heat-n-Bond Lite on the back of their patches.  I personally don’t trust HnBL to last as well as the E6000. 

Also HnBL requires heat from an iron and depending on the item, it may not allow ironing.

In the photos below, you will see that I put the E6000 on the backside of the patch and spread it out to the edges with a craft stick.   


The patch is ready to be applied to the item.  My item shown below is a Vera Bradley Hanging Organizer.

The patch works well with VB items for several reasons……

It allows a nice solid area so that the monogram pops on the busy pattern.


It allows a monogram to go on an item that can not be stitched.  The inside of the organizer is filled with zipped pockets. 

I also had a VB Weekender and Ditty Bag in this pattern. 

Neither of those allowed for stitching of a patch due to the nature of the insides of the bags.

When attaching the glued patches to the quilted items.  I placed a clean chopping block inside of the Weekender

to put pressure against something hard. 

The puffiness of the quilting made it harder to put the pressure that was needed on the patch. 

I simply just opened up the Hanging Organizer to put pressure against my hard table. 

It basically lays flat once opened fully. 

The Ditty Bag lays flat and is not quilted so no issues when adding pressure. 

ditty Like I mentioned….a patch can be so versatile.  It allows you to monogram those things that can not be monogrammed the traditional way.

This is also a great way to monogram all the VB backpacks and lunch boxes. (Not just VB items but patterned items)

It eliminates the needles puncturing the insulation of the lunchboxes….if that were ever an issue. Although I have torn insulation before with a monogram. 

Contact me if  you have any questions and ….

happy monogramming!!

Hello…..It’s Me

Hello…..It’s me!!  I’m in Louisiana dreaming of the way it use to be.  Well, honestly it’s just been about the same as far as……I am still the WORLD’s WORST BLOGGER.  I am averaging one blog post a year here.  Who knows if it will change but I appreciate your patience and willingness to follow a lame blogger. I’m going to shoot for one a week or one every two weeks.  My fingers are crossed because that is what I am hoping for and also because that may or may not be lie. 

What has been going on over the past year….. 

  •  The periscope Facebook group is now called Embroidery-Monogram Live.  Periscope is a great app, and I love to watch the live videos, but Periscope comes with lots of creepers. If you do Periscope, you know what I am talking about.   I also find that more people are familiar with Facebook Live and since the group is on Facebook, it just makes sense to do live videos from Facebook itself.  BUT guess what? I have a hard time videoing myself live doing embroidery work because it’s so hands on that it doesn’t allow for a free hand to video.  I also find that since it’s such a small group that the posts get lost in the members’ newsfeeds. I will be making it a secret group once it hits 150 members.  I like the idea of small community although that has it’s faults such as not a lot of action as well as large groups having problems.  I find that in the large groups I am in….too many women = a lot of drama. 
  •  I have gotten back into the vinyl world.  I had one of the first Cricuts ever made, and I use to do a lot of vinyl work, but the older machine and software that I had, had me    limited  so I used it very seldom.  WELL….say hello to my NEW little friend, the Silhouette Cameo 3 and it’s work horse companion the heat press (said in my best gangster voice).  IMG_2540


I am learning so much about it and its software that I can not believe I waited so long to upgrade to it.  I hope to get comfortable enough with it to start sharing some of it with you.  I can incorporate my applique designs into the Silhouette’s design software and have the machine cut out the fabric of my applique design.  I have not done that yet but I CAN!!!

Here is my latest creation with my Silhoutte.  Yes….we are entering full Mardi Gras mode here in the South along the Gulf Coast of Louisiana all the way to Alabama. This is on a shirt for my daughter but would be so cute on a flour sack towel. The street car came from and artist on Etsy.

Mardi gras

  •   I have discovered the world of Bullet Journaling.  I know I have blogged about my binder planner that I created “to do list” pages for and how I tailored it to my needs, but that binder just became too bulky. The “rings” in binders are NOT my friend. Looking for a replacement for the binder on Pinterest, I stumbled across Bullet Journaling aka bujo…..just search #bujo on Instagram or search Bullet Journaling on Pinterest.  If you’re a creative junkie like me, you won’t be able to help but to get obsessed with some of it.  Before I had even gone to the binder, I used journals that I had picked up from TJ Maxx to keep grocery/shopping/semi-to do list in so I knew I loved the convenience of a slim hard-cover journal.  I have been doing Bullet Journaling now for year, and I am in my second journal.  I  had the first one filled up before November arrived so the second journal started in Nov. 2016.  With my second journal, I bit the “bullet” and invested in a Luechtturm 1917 Dotted Pages journal.  Prices on this journal vary, but Amazon (my go to for all my shopping needs) has a wide variety of price ranges. 


I’m in love <3!  I still sit down every night and write out my “daily to do list” for the next day. 


I have a spot that a put the year at a glance to write upcoming appointments because I add a monthly calendar in the journal as I come to the month. 

And yes I do make hair appointments months in advance.  My stylist gets booked quickly. 


You’ll also see that I have a page for Gift Ideas.  For three of my  nieces at Christmas, I set them up with a Bullet Journaling Starter Kit….

journal, washi tape, pens, glue and blank calendars pages printed from my computer. 


Every page is used in order as I come to it daily….if that makes sense. 

For example:  I have a November calendar in the planner and the daily list for the days in November or notes that follow are behind the calendar. I will not add the December calendar until the last few days in November have arrived. 

The sticky tabs you see with T-NBS is for the tentative newborn sessions I assist with. 

For about a year and a half now I have been assisting a newborn photographer….K’s Newborn Photography and since baby births are unpredictable,

I use sticky tabs to mark the tentative photo session date. 


My pages are kept fairly simple.   

Each week I begin with a Grocery-Shopping List and Weekly Meal Plan.

Then I have my daily “to do list” which is pictured above.

I often have pages where it’s a different list of some sort or notes taken at a meeting or a phone conversation with …..let’s say AT&T {ONLY FOR AN EXAMPLE ;-)} 


  • My mother in law passed away this past year.  My husband is the executor of the family estate he is in the process of selling their family home.  This is the house below and it’s listing.  It was built in the early to mid 1970’s and that is where it is today.  There has been two upgrades in the home since it was built.  They put new wallpaper in the kitchen and new flooring in the kitchen as well as carpet throughout the house in the 90’s.  The downside to that is that when they upgraded in the 90’s, it was with stuff from the 70’s.  This house has GREAT bones and has nice high land for south Louisiana.  It just needs the help from Chip and Joanna Gaines.  I could so see this house painted white with grey shutters to give it a nice farm house look.  I also have lots of ideas to bring it into the current century, but this is a project that my husband I and do not have the desire to invest in……we still have our empty lot in Bay St. Louis that we are hoping to build on within the next year. 


975 Davis Landing Rd

  • I have a senior.  I know….I can’t believe it either.  I know I don’t look or act a day over my senior year myself (hehe!!) so how did this happen??? He will be graduating in May from NOCCA, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.  Right this minute he is in Miami for Young Arts.  He was a finalist this year and was invited to spend a week in Miami for workshops and talks from YA alumni and other artist.  I will see if he will let me share some of his work on my blog with you. Below is my Christmas card that I sent out for 2016.  I had asked him for years to sketch him and his siblings.  For years he turned me down, claiming that he was always too busy with school art projects.  His reasons for never doing it before did not stop me from asking again, and I’m so glad I did.  He FINALLY agreed.  Christmas card
  • My middle boy started high school.  He is playing football and soccer.  Although he is just a freshman, he was able to join the varsity teams. (He was over my shoulder and wanted to make sure I mentioned that part.)  He has adjusted to HS very well.  My daughter started art classes this past year in hopes to follow in her oldest brother’s footsteps. 

I hope my Annual New Year’s post has found you doing well.  Hope you’re creating and cooking.  Thanks for hanging in with there with me with this blog.  I love when you chat with me. I try to respond to all of your questions and/or comments. 


Until next time…..

The PeriStitches Periscope Embroidery-Monogram Group FACEBOOK Page

Happy New Year Y’all!!! 

I hope it has started off well for y’all.  I know if you’ve been following me for a while you may recall a few post back that I wrote about how I joined Periscope. Here is a link to that post if you missed it.  PERISCOPE….Anyone??  

Since I joined Periscope, I also created a Facebook closed group for embroiders who are interested in sharing ideas, tips, questions etc.. via Periscope.  I thought a group could allow us to chat about what we’d like to see or talk about on Periscope.  Of course anyone with an embroidery machine can join the group even if they did not want to Periscope. 

My goal with the group is to keep it small.  I know a lot of us are members of extremely large embroidery Facebook groups.  When large numbers are part of a group, it has been in my experience that questions and comments sometimes go unnoticed depending on how many people are posting that particular day. 

I have also received several comments from my readers saying that they can not find the PeriStitches Facebook group to request to join.  Here is a link to that group: 

PeriStitches Periscope Embroidery-Monogram Group    UPDATE AS OF JANUARY 13, 2017  THE FACEBOOK GROUP IS EMBROIDERY-MONOGRAM LIVE. 

Again, it is small so please be patient with it as it grows.  Also, please follow me on Periscope at Miss Nola’s Monogramery @RamiParker to watch my scopes.  I have only had one scope so far because I am in need of followers…….how sad does that sound???   No need to scope if no one is watching. 

My DIY Planner (with free Printables)

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“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”
Benjamin Franklin 

(can I get an AMEN?!)

It took me many years and a lot of failing before I actually figured out that I needed a plan to manage my time.  As a stay at home mom, I would find that I would not do everything I needed to get done on a daily basis in a timely manner.  I was always getting off track, and before I knew it the towels weren’t folded and it was time to get the kids from school.  As a former school teacher, I found that my classroom was always organized but my home was always in disarray.  THEN…It dawned on me one day that at school I carried out my day according to my lesson plans.  In college student teachers despise the detail and wording of lessons plans but in the everyday reality of my own classroom, it was my savior. 

I have always had a fascination with planners (and all school/office supplies).  I have owned several Franklin-Covey Planners over the years, but always felt like I was only using them for the calendar and address book.  I never used them to their full potential because so much of the planner did not really apply to me.  Not to mention they were expensive.

I have also tried the Palm Pilot PDA thing but could never get the hang of it.  AND the calendar and notes on my iPhone….use it for a while but ended up accidentally deleting everything from it. 

That was when I thought I better go back to writing down everything on paper.  I used a cheap journal from Dollar General to keep track of my monogram jobs and another one for my grocery list.  The small journal type books that could fit in my purse seemed to work well for me.  That is when I started using my grocery list journal to make my daily to do list. Last year around the holidays, I had a weeks worth of to do’s written in it as well as my Christmas list of gifts for everyone. Although everything was in my journal, it was a bit unorganized.  I knew there had to be a better way.  I searched planners and found a lot that were very appealing to me, but again they had a lot of stuff in them that did not apply to my life….and they were very expensive.   

Basically I needed a calendar overview, a grocery list, a daily “to do list”, a holiday menu planner, a gift idea list, a username and password list, and an area for notes (it is in the section of the notes where I keep addresses and notes of important phone calls). I knew that the only way I was going to get what I needed was to create what I needed.  Besides…..I thrive on the challenge of DIY. 

So……I went to Target and bought myself a 5 1/2 x 8×1/2 binder, dividers, a calendar for the small binder and note paper for it.  I then created the other inserts I needed in my Microsoft Office Publisher.  As you can see in the picture below, my binder has a sleeve on the cover so I was able to personalize an insert using my Photoshop program and cardstock. 


I created my inserts in a landscape format  so I can have two copies printed on one sheet of paper. (see pictures below)  I then used my paper cutter to cut them in half (at 5 1/2) so they would fit into my small binder.  I adjusted my hole punch to fit the smaller sized binder.  The great part is that I can print my pages from my own computer as I need them. 

I share with you my inserts. Please feel free to print them as often as you need them.   I hope my simple format can help someone else manage their time.  I do not have copies of the calendar or the note pages since those were purchased from Target in the stationary section. 

Here is my Grocery List.  Notice across the top I have the days of the week for a quick glance of meal planning. 

Planner Grocery List

To print your own copy, click here. Grocery List

Here is my Daily To Do List.  Notice that I have a weekly menu across the top for meal planning. Yes, I duplicate it on my grocery list and weekly to do.   I also added a small column for a quick view at appointments.  I fit all I needed for a week into one page.  I figure I can save paper this way.  I hope my simple format will benefit some of you. 

Planner Daily To Do

To print your own copy, click here:  Weekly To Do List

If you are like me, you try to use the same usernames and passwords for sites.  However, this is not always the safest practice nor is it even possible on some sites.  I am constantly forgetting them.  Here is a chart for sites, usernames and passwords.

Planner Username and Password

To print your own copy, click here: Usernames Passwords

The next two copies will help you stay organized during the hectic holiday season.  Whether the meal planning is for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Mardi Gras (in my neck of the swampland, we gather for parades with food and spirits…lots of spirits), Easter or the Fourth of July this meal planning list will help you stay organized.  Come to think of it, it will work for birthday celebrations too.  

Planner Holiday Meal Planning  

The gift planning will work great for birthdays too. 

Planner Holiday Gift List

To print your own copies of the Meal Planning and Gift Planning, click here:

Holiday Meal Planning

Holiday Gift Planning

I use my dividers to divide my binder in the different sections suited for my pages.  I use colorful pens and washi tape to give my planner a splash of fun. 

If you’d like me to design a personalized insert for your binder, please email me.  I can send you an invoice for 6.50 via PayPal and together we can design a personalized cover insert for you to print for your binder.   I can email you a jpeg copy of it.  You can print it on your own computer or at copy store. 


“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”

Benjamin Franklin 




I’ve recently been introduced to the latest (at least the latest for this behind-the-times momma) form of social media…..PERISCOPE.

Have you heard of it? Do you scope?

For those of you who may not know what it is, it’s an APP that allows one to broadcast live video to anywhere in the world. My photographer friend introduced me to it. She and other photographers from all over the world “follow” each other. They are able to share behind the scene photo shoots with each other as well as photo techniques, editing tips, etc.

I thought that this might be a great thing for those of us who are embroiders and/or creatives. I’m sure a lot of embroiders and creatives are already “scoping” ….as it’s called when ones does a live broadcast. Now, it is possible that I’m the only one that is late to the Periscope party so again…

Have you heard if it? Do you scope?

I can be found on Periscope as Miss Nola’s Monogramery @RamiParker


Please join me there where I hope to share with you my embroidery and other creative passions. (Coming Soon to the Blog: my soap making adventure

My debut scope will be this Thursday. I’ll be sharing with you a follow up to my last blog post on “How To Make a Boutique Bow”. When you follow me, make sure you turn on the notifications so you will be notified when I begin my live scope/broadcast. Can’t watch it live? A replay will be available for seven days after the live scope.

Can’t wait to see you there!

How to Make a Boutique Bow


Cover photoI guess it only makes sense that since I shared with  you how to monogram grosgrain ribbon I should share with you how I make my grosgrain bows.  It’s been on my “How To” to do list, and last weekend I had not one but two request within a day apart of readers requesting steps.  So by your request, below are the steps I take when making my bows. 

Before I tell you the steps, I want to share with you the one most important thing that I have learned over the seven or eight years that I have been making bows……RIBBON QUALITY MATTERS!!!!  I have found that the quality of the ribbon has an affect on how nice the bow will look once it is attached to the barrette.  I order my ribbon from Ribbons and Bows Oh My or Girly Ribbons.  Their grosgrain ribbon has a nice finish to them and a nice amount of stiffness to them that allows the ribbon to hold a nice shape to the finished bow.  I find that the ribbon purchased from Hobby Lobby is flimsy and has almost a sheen look to it.  The ribbon snob in me does not want a sheen to my grosgrain ribbon….YUCK!! 

Ribbon and Bows Oh My carries some colors in Offray which can be purchased at Walmart and JoAnn’s, but I do not get nearly the price nor color  selection at my Walmart or JoAnn’s as I do with RABOM (Ribbons and Bows Oh My).  I am a big fan of their solid grosgrain ribbon. RABOM also has a color card that you can order for their solid grosgrain ribbon.  The amount of different colors is astounding.  Here is my card. It’s several years old so I am sure they have added to it since I ordered my card. 


You will see that RABOM carries printed grosgrain ribbon as well a solid grosgrain.  They also carry other types of ribbon along with all your bow making needs such as the hardware. They even have tutorials. 

Even though RABOM has an extremely large selection of printed grosgrain ribbon, I order most of my printed polka dot and chevron printed ribbon from Girly Ribbons.  I like the painted on/silk screen type dots and chevron stripes from GR.  She also has a “Louisiana Inspired” section of grosgrain printed ribbon.  AND this Louisiana girl LOVES that section.  Just keep in mind that if you iron the ribbon with the painted on/silk screen prints, the iron may melt the dots/chevron stripes some.  Use a cloth over the printed area or iron the backside of the ribbon. 

(Disclosure:  Several weeks back I smashed my thumb in the car door.  It was the worse pain I had ever felt in my life.  It bled for 24 hours and was ugly for about four days. By day five, it looked a lot better.  I credit the Lavender essential oil that I put on it several times a day.  I mention this to you because you may see it in a few pictures.  I did not think of painting it before I started taking pictures.  I hid as well as I could, but you still may see slight bruising of a portion of the nail.) 


2.25″ grosgrain ribbon cut at 43 3/4″ long

1.5″  grosgrain ribbon cut 6″ long (for center knot of bow)  not shown in picture above

sewing needle


8 1/2″ long  x 3 1/2″ wide piece of cardboard  (I taped two pieces of thin cardboard together {making it 1/8″ thick as shown in thumbnail below} with masking tape to give it stability)







long straight pin

pin cushion

3″ French clip style barrette

hot glue gun

Fray Check not shown in picture above

scissors not shown in picture above


Take the ribbon and wrap it around the piece of cardboard (long ways).  If your ribbon is monogrammed, start with the end that is not monogrammed.  Your ribbon should have the monogram face-up as you wrap it around the cardboard. 

013de537f0229d7923080c9059e152aecff8ac1270It will wrap around 2.5 times; ending with the monogram face-up on the bottom edge of the cardboard.  (This monogram font is Mansion Monogram from The Itch 2 Stitch.) If you need tips on “How to Monogram a Grosgrain Ribbon”, please click here

01dc061bb714afc78a460c6395816ab9f073fb2ad7Slide the cardboard from the wrapped/folded ribbon.  Make sure you keep the ribbon folded as you do this. 


Once you have the ribbon from the cardboard, fold the ribbon in half as shown below.


You want to make a crease in the center of the ribbon.

01309bb057247ae1bd4c7ab550153bc8789aecfd48My crease may be hard to see but it’s there.  You’ll see it on your ribbon.  Now, take your straight pin and stick it in center of the crease and poke it into your pin cushion.  The pin cushion will hold the ribbon as you do the next steps. 


Now you will fan out the ribbon to make the bow loops.  The top ribbon (which will be a loop)  and the bottom ribbon (which is a tail) will fan to the left.  The middle portion of the ribbon will fan out the right making another loop for the bottom of the finished bow. 


You’re going to do the same with the other end of the bow, but going the opposite direction.  The top layer (which is the monogrammed tail) and the bottom layer portion of the bow (which is a loop) will fan together to the right. The middle portion of the bow (which is a loop) will fan to the left to make a top loop of the finished bow.  You may need to take the ribbon off of the pin cushion, but KEEP the straight pin in the ribbon.  The pin allows the ribbon’s  center to stay together as  you fan the ribbon.  My straight pin is under my bruised smashed thumb.  I line up all the edges in the center making an “X” shape.  See the below picture. 



I sew a base stitch type stitch through the center of the bow. I start at the bottom and stitch towards the top. 


A loose type base stitch will allow me to pull the thread to crunch the ribbon. I pull it as tight as I can. 


After I pull my thread as tight as I can with my bow crunched in the center, I then wrap my thread around the center several times.  I want to make sure that it’s tight. 


I leave enough of my thread that I can knot it in the back of the bow. I make at least 2-3 knots.  Trim the hanging threads. 

01f0e13af0d0d7dfcd441c4b3313a9d8356cfdca63At this step, you may understand why I say that a good quality grosgrain ribbon matters.  The stiffness in the ribbon will allow you to somewhat shape the loops in your bow.  I play with my loops getting them just the way I like them. Of course you will be limited in how much play you have.  I have made MANY, MANY  bows before I actually figured out that I needed to play around with my loops.  You may not get my look on your first bow or you may not even like my look. You may want to play with the loops to find your own look. No two bows are exactly, but that is okay because no two things are quite alike in nature.  Play around with this bow making method and you may put your own touch on it. 

The bow is now ready for the center knot and the hardware. 

01b419e55e15f9d99cd34243a4d2520de1bbc9199eTo make the center knot, I use a 1.5″ grosgrain ribbon of the same color as my bow.  I like to use the same color, but you can make your knot any color you’d like.  I cut the ribbon 6″ long. 

01137f31dcd4e5acf8e1ba1494aed4c715d67f2722I then fold it in half like in the above picture making it about 3/4″ wide. You could use a 3/4″ ribbon, but I like to have the stiffness and sturdiness that I get when I fold the 1.5″ ribbon in half.  It also makes a perky knot. 

018437a92d2bfdc5cb75710753bf7435dbbe37b989I then make the center knot just by making one loop over.  Make the knot in the center so you will have enough tails on each end to wrap around the center of the bow and around the French clip barrette.  I set it aside until I have attached my barrette. 

01b6ef8ec833fc7228f6d97b1225cbb739b96dfc87I take the flexible arched spine type part of the French clip style barrette out of the barrette. I set it aside until I am completely finished with the barrette.  I then glue with my hot glue the barrette to the back of the bow. Make sure to center it in the center of the bow.  I forgot to take a picture of that actual step but you’ll see it in the following steps.


Now, turn my bow to the front of the bow and place a small dot of hot glue in the center.  I want my knot to be glued down.  Make sure it’s just a small dot of glue or it will ooze out from under the knot.  Hot glue will dry white and be seen on your bow if it oozes out from under the knot. 


 Turn the bow over.  The tails from the center knot will need to be trimmed before they can be glued to the underneath of the barrette. Make sure when you trim the tails that you leave enough to be glued down to the barrette. 

01bf2c6858ae375990bca4fabe717af4b953e68a18I trim and glue one tail at a time.  I do the tail that is towards the bottom of my bow first. 

010c1c81e51ab20edde4b96eee6640d6eaf780d062Then I do the tail towards what is the top of the bow.  Remember the ribbon used for the center was folded in half so a dot of hot  glue will be needed in the middle of the folded ribbon to make it lay flat on the back underneath side of the barrette……confusing?  You’ll see what I mean when you actually do this step. 

01f461630f252051752a165d6a314635f9b7525f9fTurn the bow over and it should look something like this.  BUT before I call myself finished, I like to glue my two top loops down to my  barrette.  Shown in the pictures below. 

01837057d6d281dab2e38bb468c0d9359607b78a66Pull the top loops away from the barrette and add a little hot glue along the top of the barrette.  When you attach the loop, you’ll have a little wiggle room to manipulate the top loop to get it to look just how you’d like it to look.  Again,  you should understand what I mean here when you actually do this step. 


I do one side at a time and allow each side to cool and set before doing the other top loop. 

01f7ea86f368c27c5b5934f0a878813949e46647ceNow you’re ready to trim the front tail.  The other tail is somewhat hidden in the top right hand loop.  It may or may not need trimming.  TIP!!!  Trim a little at a time and look at your bow.  If you think the tail is too long, trim a little more.   If you trim too much all at once you can not put the ribbon back on the tail. I try to keep my tail even with the bottom of the loop on the opposite side. 



016e9bd8c30305aa037907582195c479d198ce685bYou want to “Fray Check” your ends to keep them from fraying.  This should dry clear.  If it doesn’t dry clear, take a little alcohol on a q-tip and run along the edge.  That should aid in making the edges clear. 



This is not the only way to make a boutique style bow.  It’s the method that works best for me.  I have been doing making bows for years as I stated above.  It also took me years to make a bow that I really was proud of…..lots and lots of bows were made in the process.  I hope  you can take my method and make it your own.  If I confused you too much, I will try to clarify my directions…..just send me a comment and we will chat about it.  I’ll try to get my teenager sons to help me put together a video too.  Maybe a speaking and watching tutorial will help. 

Happy Bow Making!!

How to Monogram a Pocket on a “Boyfriend” Shirt

prom shirt 2

Remember the preppy Oxford shirt from the 80’s?  It’s making a comeback and it looks great monogrammed.  This makes me so happy since I love monogram, and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the 80’s. (I’ve been working on my big hair for about 9 months now so I hope it comes back too. I’ve just been letting it grow and wearing it curly. I have natural curl in my hair.)

The Oxford is making its way back to fashion.  I have been seeing it referred to as being a “boyfriend” shirt.  I see it with the collars buttoned and unbuttoned like this one from Old Navy.  It looks great oversized with a pair of leggings or jeans AND of course adorned with a set of initials. 

boyfriend shirt

They are really popular with brides and their attendance to wear as they get ready for the wedding. The brides are usually giving them as gifts.  A few brides even put the wedding date and “Bride/I Do”  on the cuffs.    A big oversized button-up shirt is great for not messing up the hair or make-up. (Notice that this one below does not have a pocket.)

bride shirt 2

 bride shirt

I have even monogrammed a shirt for a friend’s daughter for prom (seen above in the first picture).   And instead of handing down my son’s Oxford to my nephew, I monogrammed it for my daughter to wear with her leggings (seen below).  She is nine.  Her first reaction was “I’m not wearing that boy shirt!”  She changed her mind once she had the hot pink initials on it and especially after she was complimented on it in the grocery store. 

 Shirt 3

I have had great success with adhering the pocket shut prior to adding the monogram.  I use Heat n Bond Lite to close the pocket.  Heat n Bond Lite (HNBL) is double-sided iron-on adhesive.  It can be purchased at any fabric store, Walmart, or even Amazon. 

Materials needed:

Heat n Bond Lite

Medium Cut away stabilizer

Spray adhesive (if using fast frame)

Tear away stabilizer (optional)

Given: iron, thread and machine


I cut a piece slightly smaller than the pocket. 


I slide it into the pocket making sure it is flat in the entire pocket.  I slide it in with the rough side of the HNBL facing down and the paper side facing up. 


I iron the pocket.  I may need to pass the iron over the pocket several times before the HNBL sticks.  Follow the directions on the HNBL for iron temps as well as the suggested heat setting for your shirt fabric.  Steam is not needed for HNBL.


Once the shirt is cool to the touch, I peel the paper backing from the HNBL.  I work my hand towards the bottom of the pocket as I peel it away. 


Then I slip the paper out.


I pass the iron over the pocket again to adhere the pocket to the now exposed HNBL.  This closes the pocket.  I like the stability that the HNBL gives the pocket.  Not only does it give a little stability to the pocket, it keeps the puckering around the monogram to a minimum.  Oxford and other men’s dress shirts are usually made of thin fabrics, and no matter what stabilizer  is used, the weight of the thread/monogram is heavy and usually causes some gathering/puckering around the curves of the monogram.  I have found that closing the pocket helps with this as well as keeps the pocket looking nice wash after wash. 

 Now the is pocket is ready to be hooped or in my case attached to my fast frame. I use a medium cut away stabilizer and spray adhesive to attach the shirt to the fast frame.  Sometimes I float a piece of cut way under it all.  I am sure I over stabilize.

shirt 2

 With this shirt of mine, I used tone on tone for my color choice. 



 Wondering about the cuffs???  I simply pinned them to a piece of tear away that I had attached to my fast frame.  They are one of the easiest things I have ever embroidered.  

 If you have any  questions, please feel free to comment.