It can be difficult to find cute, personalized gifts for teens or tweens. That age can be so picky – I remember being choosy myself! But one thing I always loved was anything with my name or initials on it. How can you say no to personalized pencil pouches? You can’t really, and that’s why I’m going to show you how to make a monogram pencil pouch that makes a perfect gift for any age. You can put a full name (as long as it’s short) or initials, and you can customize with the fabric of your choice. So grab a pencil pouch in a fun shape or color and get creative! Here’s how to make a monogram pencil pouch with ease.
Monogram Pencil Pouches
Gather These Supplies:
- Printer and paper
- Computer with a word processing or presentation application
- Pencil pouches
- Fabric pieces or scaps – enough to fit your monogram
- Mod Podge Fabric
- Strong fabric adhesive (I used Speed Sew)
- Craft knife and mat
Use your ruler to measure your pouch; both the height and width. Then open a word processing or presentation program on your computer and create your design. Experiment with different fonts and have a little fun. Feel free to get creative!
Once you are happy with your design, print and make sure that it fits your pouch. I highly recommend making the letters a little thicker too . . . it makes them easier to cut and apply to the pouch. I’ll leave that up to you.
Select a piece of fabric that is large enough to cover your name or monogram.
Paint a medium coat of Mod Podge Fabric on top of the fabric.
Make sure to cover the entire area where you’re going to be cutting out your monogram. The Mod Podge application is done so that the fabric doesn’t fray while you are cutting.
Let it dry for 15 – 20 minutes (allow more time depending if the Mod Podge is still wet).
Place your monogram on top of the fabric and start trimming with the craft knife. You can tape down your paper but I found the Mod Podge on top of the fabric provided enough tack to secure the paper. I didn’t need extra tape (you can use stencil tape if you need to though).
Continue trimming your letters with the craft knife, including the interiors. Make sure that the fabric is still attached to the paper.
Set aside any small parts, like the dot on the top of the “i.”
Trim carefully around any round corners – work slowly so that you don’t rip the letters.
Once all of your letters are cut out, place a stronger adhesive on the back. If your pencil case is cotton, you can use the Mod Podge Fabric to adhere. However, my pencil cases were a poly with a coating, so I needed a stronger adhesive (as opposed to just a decoupage medium).
Place your letters on the pencil case – evenly – and then smooth down. I found the end of my paint brush was very helpful in smoothing down the letters.
I used a paintbrush to help apply the adhesive and to avoid getting it on my hands.
Smooth down carefully and let your pencil pouches dry for several hours.
You can use this method to apply initials to a backpack, lunch bag, or anything else for back to school!