After getting engaged, I have been looking for the perfect bridesmaid gifts to ask my girlfriends to be apart of my wedding. Of course, I want the gift to be monogrammed, so I decided on creating a monogrammed clutch with their initials to ask them to participate in my special day.
I found the clutches on Amazon for $5.99 each and they come in several different colors. I decided to do a test run for myself and purchased an off-white clutch, which I planned to put a gold monogram on.
In this tutorial, I am going to teach you how to create your own monogrammed clutches using the Brother SE-400 Sewing Machine.
You can purchase the tote bag in this tutorial on Amazon for $5.99 in several different colors.
Step One: Start out by reading my tutorial “How To Use The Brother Se-400 Sewing Machine For Embroidery/ Monogramming” to learn about how to use your Brother SE-400 Sewing Machine for at home embroidery projects. This tutorial will review the setup for your sewing machine and the proper positioning for your patterns.
Step Two: Download your embroidery pattern. I have several different embroidery patterns available for purchase under my “DOWNLOADS” folder. In this example, I am using the Classic Mono.
Attach your USB cord to your computer and upload the design into your sewing machine (see tutorial for further instructions) In this tutorial, I will be using the Classic Mono to create my monogram design.
Step Three: The leather of the clutch was already pretty firm, so I chose to not use a stabilizer for this project. However, in order to secure the loom onto the clutch, I ended up having to remove the clasp inside the clutch lid and at the end of the lid. Don’t worry, it comes off easily and reattaches easily.
Determine where you want your monogram to be positioned using your plastic template. I chose to position my monogram in the center of the flap.
Place the loom in the sewing machine making sure that you have your Q foot attached and the correct attachments. I chose to use a gold thread for my monogram that was positioned in the center of my clutch lid.
Step Four: Select the embroidery function on your sewing machine display. To upload a font you have downloaded, you will want to select the PES file version. I keep all of my downloaded embroidery fonts in a folder called “Embroidery” on my desktop for easy access. I’ve renamed all of the specific fonts to their design names.
In this example, I will be using the font “Classic Mono”. You can find this specific font using the link below:
Step Five: Select Your Design: Click on the font name and then the PES subfolder. You will see four different sized fonts, 1 inch, 2 inch, 3 inch, and 4 inch. We will be using the 2 inch font in this tutorial.
In this tutorial, we will be using the 2 inch monogram with the initials R K W.
R- First Initial
K- Middle Initial
W- Last Initial
Start with the center initial. Select the 2 inch option for “2inchCenterW.pes”.
Next, select the 2 inch option for “2inchLeftR.pes”. Drag the file over to your “Sewing Machine” folder.
Finally, select the 2 inch option for “2inchRightK.pes”. Drag the file over to your “Sewing Machine” folder.
Step Six: Edit Your Design: To edit the design specifics, touch the screen of your preferred design and modify your size, location, and position.
I find it beneficial to do a practice template to make sure that your letters align correctly.
Using the Classic Mono embroidery font, complete your monogram design using the following values. Below is the embroidery setup for my monogram R-W-K.
W- 6.5 + 0.00, 2.9 + 0.00 (2 inch font)
R- 6.5 + 0.00, 2.6 – 2.25 (2 inch font)
K- 6.5 + 0.00, 2.3 + 2.40 (2 inch font)
Step Seven: Begin Your Embroidery: Complete the embroidery. In this tutorial, I used a metallic gold thread.
Start out by embroidering your center letter. In this example, I started with the W.
Next, embroider your right letter. In this example, it was the R.
Followed by the final letter, K.
Your finished design will look something like this.
Step Eight: Trim Fabric: Remove your newly embroidered fabric from the sewing machine and trim the edges. Reattach your clutch clip inside the clutch and on the flap of the clutch.
Your finished clutch will look something like this.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to create your own monogrammed clutch.
Stay tuned for additional tutorials on how to use the Brother SE-400 Sewing Machine for all of your at home embroidery crafts.
P.S. You’re like really crafty!