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. 


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. 

Once 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. 

 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!!

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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).  


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.

  •   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. 

  • 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…..

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