Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Name Applique

I've had this project on my to do list for awhile and just finally got around to doing it.  I bought two Pottery Barn Anywhere chairs off of Craigslist for a steal.  I was scoping them out because I swear my kids are monkeys and I thought they would were going to tear up my couch.  I figured if they had their very own chairs they'd leave my furniture alone.  Unfortunately, my kids names are not Julia and Thomas which were already monogrammed on the chairs, although the names are quite lovely.  I got out the seam ripper and removed one name, but you could still see the name so I needed to put an applique over it.  I tend to do things the hard way.  Not sure why that it is.  To make the applique I used a fabric paint to stencil their names on the fabric.  I used the freezer paper stencil method since it seems to work the best. Seriously if you've never tried this way to stencil on fabric it is fantastic.  You get the freezer paper at the grocery store.  Then you cut out your stencil and iron it shiny side to the fabric.  Then you can use fabric paint to stencil on the fabric.

For the fabric I had some leftover red knit.  I'm not sure why I thought that would be okay to use since it stretches when you sew it. Ugh.  So, I was in my make it work mode and fixed it by using an iron on stabilizer that I had on hand.  Zig-zagged around the edges to attach it to the chair and was done. Check!  Another project done.


  1. Oh the dreaded knit applique. Turned out great though!!!

  2. Super cute! I've seen those covers on ebay, but since they had other names embroidered on them, I passed on buying them.