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Be still my monogram loving heart.

It took me all of 20 minutes to start cutting monograms with my new Cricut Explore. If you come near me – chances are I will monogram you. Watch out. But, since you’re not around for me to monogram, I’ll make a pencil pouch instead.

And as an extra treat,  you’ll be happy to know that today’s post is a two-fer. I’m gonna walk you through this pencil pouch tutorial AND I’ve got a little hidden gem that will give you a behind this scenes look at cutting a monogram with your Cricut Explore.

Gold Glitter Monogram

Gold Glitter Monogram

Let’s get started:

Gold Glitter Monogram To create a the glittery finish on your pencil pouch, you’ll need a few specialty tools. 

For a while I’ve been on the hunt for a way to apply glitter to fabric without having it flake off constantly. Welp. I found it!  Tulip Glitter Bond adheres glitter like none other.

Gold Glitter Monogram

{1} Place painter’s tape onto two pieces of canvas, which you have cut to size based on the size bag you are making.

{2} Squeeze the Tulip Glitter Bond below the painter’s tape

{3} Use a sponge pouncer to evenly distribute the glue below the tape

{4} Sprinkle glitter onto the glue. I found that you can use any glitter you want as long as it is not to chunky. I opted for Martha Stewart Florentine Gold.

{5} Spread glitter evenly, using firm pressure to make sure the glitter adheres well.

{6} Shake off any excess glitter that is not well adhered and peel back the painter’s tape. Make sure to shake off the glitter over your neighbor’s lawn. Tell em a leprechaun did it.

{7} Allow the glitter to dry for about 30 minutes before assembling the pencil pouch

{8} Now it’s time to stitch this sucker up…and since Damask Love is not and never will be your number one place for sewing advice, I’m gonna refer out on this one. Head over to Design Sponge for an awesome tutorial on how to sew up your pencil pouch. You can also follow the {i damask love} sewing Pinterest board for more tutorials on creating makeup & pencil bags.

Gold Glitter Monogram

Bonus PostWith my cute, monogrammed bag all done, I filled it with some equally cute pencils. I spray painted them gold and then used the Explore one more time to add teeny, tiny hearts to each one.



Gold Glitter Monogram

Gold Glitter Monogram

Gold Glitter Monogram


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45 thoughts on “DIY Monogram Pencil Bag

  1. Awesome tutorial!!! Lately I have been on a monogram kick as well!! Question for you, for a beginner crafter which electric die cutting machine should I invest in (shiloette or cricut and which model?) thanks in advance

    1. Nikkia, I have both a Cricut and a Silhouette. I used a Cricut for years and loved it, but found the expense of buying a cartridge for a new design was expensive. I purchased the Silhouette last June and have used it everyday! The major difference is that you can purchase designs for just 99 cents for the Silhouette and you must purchase an entire cartridge for the Cricut. You can also purchase a monthly subscription for just $19 and receive $150/month in design purchases. There are so many designers and adorable files to cut on the Silhouette. Cricut is just now getting into the digital market, but in my opinion, it will take them a while to catch up. Best craft purchase yet!

    2. Hi Nikkia & Pam! Thanks, Pam for your insight! I don’t own a Silhouette so I can’t say much about the comparison, so I’m glad you were able to! With the new Explore, you won’t need cartridges anymore which is nice, but like Pam mentioned you will need to either purchase images from the Cricut image library for $0.99 each or you’ll need to get a subscription to the image library, which I believe is $9.99 a month. If you are a beginner looking for an electronic die cutting machine, I might actually suggest the Explore. There are several projects already designed and ready for you to make and all you have to do is click “Make it Now” – to me, that seems like an appealing option for beginners. That said, I’m not sure if Silhouette has a similar feature which might make it equally appealing to a beginner. Hope this helps!

      1. Thanks so much Amber!! Ive been looking at the explore and it looks yummy!! I will investigate more /watch a few more reviews on youtube!!! lol thanks again

      1. nope! This stuff is amazing! After the glitter glue has tried, you can give it a rub down to release anything that didn’t stick – and then you’re good to go. I made a tote back a while back with this glue and the glitter is still in place and no flaking.

    1. Which is EXACTLY why I’m so obsessed with this glue! Once the glitter and glue have dried, give it a vigorous rub to release any extra flakes and after that…no more flaking. It’s amazing stuff.

  2. I love this monogrammed bag! Sewing a zipper totally intimidates me though. And I am so happy you shared the glitter glue tip. I’m looking for it next time I head to the craft store.

    1. Cassi! I was the same way about zippers but I conquered my fear! All I know how to do is sew in a straight line – sort of. Give it a try!!! You can do it!

  3. Your blog is fabulous! Everything on here is gorgeous. You don’t sell any of the things you make do you? I LOVE this bag but as I don’t know how to sew or have any of the materials it doesn’t look like I can DIY.

  4. This bag is adorable and so is your blog. I was just wondering if you sell this bag, considering I don’t have the skill to make this?

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