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Monogram of the Month – August

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As you build your library of embroidery fonts, consider a basic applique font.  Not too fancy, not to juvenile, not too feminine, not too masculine, well you get the idea. A basic applique font is helpful to have on hand as you’ll find many uses for this type of font.  Upper case letters will do the trick for most of your monogram needs but having access to multiple sizes is a bonus.  The Punky Monkey from Five Star Fonts includes five sizes:  2 ½”; 3 ¾”; 4 ¾”; 5 ¾” and 6 ¾” PLUS numbers zero through nine.  The font should really be called Chunky Monkey because the letters are chunky – allowing for generous fabric exposure.

I liked the generous underlay behind the satin stitches because that tells me these stitches will stand up against terry cloth and faux fur – two popular fabrics for monogrammed items.

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Whenever I create an applique that has a small opening in the center such as the letter R or B, I precut the applique. Precutting appliques saves so much time because it eliminates trimming in the hoop. I hoop the applique fabric and stitch color 1 of the applique design and then remove the fabric from the hoop. I trim just outside of the stitch line and set it aside.   Next I hoop the base fabric and stitch color 1, the placement guide.

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Then I spray the wrong side of the precut applique with temporary adhesive and place it over the outline.  The next color tacks down the applique.

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The final colors complete the decorative elements. The extra (and optional) line of bean stitches running right down the center of the satin stitches adds an interesting detail and elevates this simple font.

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Our resident photographer, Pedro, really likes the extra bean stitch detail…

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These letters are the perfect addition to a variety of projects!
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If you like to mix and match sizes as I’ve done here, then you’ll enjoy the simplicity of merging these pre-sized designs into the screen.  To create this contemporary monogram, I used the 2 ½” extra small letters for the T (first name initial) and R (middle name initial) and the 5 ¾” large letter for the B (last name initial).  Order and size of monogram letters are two elements that can be changed to avoid monograms that become words or acronyms like LSD, SOS and PMS.  You can’t change someone’s name but you can get creative in the way you display the letters.  The next time you’re confronted with a tricky letter combination consider using this unconventional approach to letter arrangement.



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  • judit z

    Chunk and Rock my favorite it really zippy for just about any of today’s kids and teens. Get’s the attention they enjoy among their friends. judit

  • Shirley Clark

    I like the Sassy applique font, but I also like the one you used above!

  • Bonnie Gray

    I like Dotty Curlz and Raggy or Not. Very unique !

  • Belinda Germain

    I really like the Popcorn Appliqué Font. Very cute, well done and I live the way they added the names on the side to add more interest to the total embroidery design. I love her font and the in the hoop offerings on her site. They stitch beautifully. The coasters and mouse pads are a big hit for hostess gifts and the directions to make them are easy and thorough!

  • Nancy Weber

    Jolly is my favorite, followed closely by Punky Monkey. I have used both on many projects.

  • Cheryl Greenleaf

    Funkadelic 60s 70s Retro Applique Font is way too cool!

  • TJ

    I like Roly Poly applique font the best, but Punky Monkey is a close second! Five Star Fonts is one of my favorite design sites. Their quality is outstanding!

  • Gail Beam

    I love all of her applique fonts, but chunk sports applique raggy and sports jersey applique alphas are great for me because my grandkids are into sports.

  • Linda Hanner

    I love the Whimsy Dots-Monogram. It is perfect for my granddaughters!!

  • Susie

    I actually love the Punky Monkey because of how large the letters are. They really stand out and get a lot of the material involved.

  • Carol K E

    I think Dotty Curlz is my favorite.

  • Heidi

    Cool applique font really rocks it for me.

  • Sue C

    I like this new Punky Monkey font. Since it is an apple;ique, it makes it very useful!

  • Linda W

    I like the 2 color College Appliqué Font — great for making items to show school spirit.

  • Pam

    I love the Ric Rac Jelly Bean Monogram Font. All of FSF designs are wonderful!

  • Bernie

    I like the tiny font designs. It’s hard to find any. Thanks Eileen for the great tip. I had never thought to cut out the applique designs before stitching. It make a lot of sense.

  • Dolores

    Love the “Juju Beans Font”. They are all fantastic…but this one is my favorite! 🙂

  • Crystal

    I like the Runway Model font. It looks sharp and could be used for formal and more fun projects.

  • Rosalyn

    This is a new design site for me. I loved so many things that I saw. I can think of many uses for the Punky Monkey.

  • Marilyn

    Now it is Punky Monkey. Thanks for showcasing it.

  • b tucker

    Love the design of the bag. I’ll have to check out Five Star Fonts now! Thanks for sharing…love your tips!

  • Laura G

    The elegant circle font looks like a beautiful one to try. Thanks, Eileen, for a great tip! It can be pretty awkward to cut out appliqué letters in the hoop. I can’t wait to try cutting out the letter first!

  • Margarita

    I love a chunky font, so the Punky Monkey is my favorite.

  • Elisa Thames

    Silly Nilly Applique Font looks fun, fun, fun! Perfect for those “last minute” gifts.

    • betty smith

      I just love 5 star fonts website. have quite a few of the fonts, lately used college applique, chunky sports, the dot one, can’t remember the name. I like to applique and will try your method of pre-cutting letters.
      thanks Eileen for this reminder as I’ve done this for other embroidery projects.

  • Anne Marie

    I like the Sassy font. Thanks very much for the pre-cutting tip. I never thought to do that, but it makes a lot of sense.

  • Kris

    I like the silly fish monogram. Not sure what I would use it for but it is cute

  • Mary

    I like the Punky Monkey. I like them all, especially the tiny fonts.

  • Bette

    Polka dot is adorable!! Thanks for introducing me to this source!

  • Mary Haggenmaker

    Never thought too much about applique fonts til now. I can definitely see the advantages of their use after your explanation pointed out some of them. I would probably make the most of them on bath towel wedding presents.

  • kathy Booth

    I think my favorite is Spunky Applique Font. I seem to navigate towards this one because the letters are large enough to really see the fabric chosen for applique. And it just seems to be the right font for burpies…cute and whimsical!

    • kathy Booth

      I type “Baby” in the smallest size, then the first letter of the last name in the large size. Everyone that has received one of these from me just loves them! Five Star fonts does a great job making embroiders like us look awesome!

  • Lulie Felder

    I love Whimsey Dots and Polka dots from Five Star Fonts! All are great!

  • Martine

    It’s a nice way to solve some problems. My brother’s initials are WCR, so I can’t use it for him, R in the middle however works well. We can be creative even with lettering!
    My favourite font is actually this Punky Monkey because of the great choice of sizes.

  • Lynn

    Punky Monkey!

  • Berenice

    I like the Giggles applique font, but the free ones are great also. I use the Freaky one often on bags. Evrything I own from them is wonderful!

  • Jackie Murray

    I like Runway Model font as well as the one you used on this weeks blog.

  • Linda Stanner

    I love the cheerleader font…perfect for 12 year old granddaughter. ..She will be thrilled to have her new duffel bag monogrammed with this font!

  • Elizabeth (Hannan) Keller

    Chunk Sports Applique-Raw Edge-Raggy-Satin Font

  • Joni

    I like the dotty curls