I had such a great time making the monogrammed zipper bags that it got me thinking about using the same technique on a tote bag. I wanted to make a jumbo tote that I could easily fill with my groceries or use for a weekend trip to the coast. After making the burlap feed sacks for the farm party, I knew I wanted to use the yard of burlap I had leftover from that project. I then mixed the rustic fabric with a remnant quarter yard of teal outdoor fabric and made this jumbo monogrammed tote. The trick to making a great monogram out of fabric is using fusible interfacing on the back of the letter. It will stiffen the monogram making it easier to sew and also helps keep the raw edge from fraying. You can see how I did this in the tutorial below. I also used pinking sheers on the edge of the letter for both the look of the chevron edge and to also help with fraying. This bag is so simple to make. It took me less than two hours form start to finish and gave me an opportunity to recycle these fabric leftovers. In my tutorial I give you the dimensions I used for the bag in the photo but you can make it any size that suits you. I have included a PDF for the monogram letters in this serif font that you can download at the end of the post. Enjoy! ~ Lia
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