I have a lot of nieces. Six, to be exact. At least it seems like a lot when it comes to gift buying, especially since all but one are 8 years old and under. This year for Christmas, I saw thick faux-fur-lined hoodies at Costco, and immediately envisioned them monogrammed. I wasn't planning to do any handmade gifts this year, but I couldn't resist these. So I bought five of them, hoping I guessed correctly on the sizes. They didn't have toddler sizes for the 1-year-old, and I was pretty sure these would be too girly for the 14-year-old's tastes. So the 5th one is for my daughter. My son calls them "cozy-cozy things!" It's too bad Costco didn't have any for boys, or my kids' shopping would be done!
I chose a font (The same for all of them except the J. I had to chose a different one for that, since Juli would probably not recognise a cursive J. I can't remember the fonts, sorry.), and printed it at I think 300pt size. Or maybe 200pt. Can you tell it was a while ago that i did this part? I stenciled out of freezer paper, and had my husband help me chose which paint colours to go with each, from the fabric paints I had on hand. Due to the lining, the freezer paper didn't seal well to the fabric when I ironed it on, so some of the letters bled a lot. Especially the gold C. Which is why I'm only now finishing them. It took me that long to figure out how to fix the problem!
I decided to outline each letter with contrasting embroidery floss (3-strands) to disguise the bleeding. It worked beautifully! The C is the only letter with the bleeding still a bit visible, but even that one looks good with the pink back-stitched outline. My favourite colour combination is the dark purple/light purple/bright green that I used on the M. The other purple/purple one is currently getting a yellow outline. The last one, with a beautiful Laverne and Shirley style L is pink with purple paint. I'm not sure yet what colour I'll outline it with. Any ideas?