Post # 1
i bought inexpensive canvas totes for the flower girls and bridesmaids and would like to either put their names or monogram initial on the bag. as an easy DIY, i thought about cutting the letters using a cricut and stitching or using a fabric adhesive.
has anyone done this before? what should i do so the edges don’t fray?
Post # 3
I don’t have any experience with this, but maybe you want to get some iron-transfer backing for the letters (cut out the same shape/size as the letters) and then just use the stitching for decoration. If the edges are ironed down, I don’t think they should fray. But also be careful about which fabric you pick. Some will fray instantly.
There are also some products out there to specifically inhibit fraying. You can find it at a craft or fabric store.
Post # 4
I like the idea of Jacqi about using Iron transfer, you can do it with the special paper and normal print paper or something, I had hear that is very simple.
If you really want to stitch them, then you can burn (really carefully) the edges of the fabric, this way it won´t fray. But again Jacqi is rigth about the fabric, but definetly burning the sides is an excelent solution.
Hope it helps a litlle. Good luck
Post # 5
They have stuff called fabric fray at Joanns. It dries clear and you can’t even tell you used it, after it dries.
Post # 6
I agree with Jacqi. Cut the letters out from the cricut, then use some iron on transfer then hot iron them on. I think it will be the simplest way to get this done.
Post # 7
We did a lot of ironing on of letters for sorority sutff and the edges usually frayed. We solved this by sealing the edges with puffy paint!
Post # 8
I just did this earlier this week. I have yet to take pics and post them, but I will soon. I had a few different ideas about how to do the letters, but I decided to get stencils from JoAnns, trace and cut out the letters on fabric. I cut the letters out and attached them to the bag using fabric glue. You can also use WonderUnder, but it requires even more cutting. I didn’t have trouble with the fabric fraying; I chose durable cotton and used good shears. I sew a lot and thought of using a zig zag stitch around the edges, but decided the glue was enough. I felt like puff paint would look too juvenile, so I just left it as is. They are super cute. Best of Luck!
Post # 10
from my experience, if you iron on the adhesive sheet to the fabric before cutting it out, the adhesive will keep it from fraying when you cut. then, you can iron it on. i did this with my boutonnieres which are made from wool fabric and no fraying!
Post # 11
These are the bags I did for my girls…
I did first and last initials b/c the letters were to large for a 3 letter monogram and there were two girls who’s names started A’s & M’s. I also made them for the Mother of the Bride and the Mother of the Groom, but I just did their first initial to be a little different.