Hey My Fabric Designers!
Just wanted to show you an easy way to make Custom Monogrammed Placemats that you can easily change up for every occasion!
Here’s some key tips to look out for in this tutorial:
- Using the ruler tool to center or layout objects evenly
- Using the ruler to gauge the size of your objects
- Using the Arrange tab to layer your objects on top of another object
First we need to decide how big to make our placemats; there are a few common sizes you can look up to determine what size will be best for you. I will be using one of the slightly larger sizes, 14″ X 20″, so I can accommodate an entire place setting. Now, let’s get started!
If you don’t already have the Fabric Creator open go ahead and Click HERE!
Next, we will need to set up our workspace to the size of the placemat we want to create. You can do this by clicking on the Pattern button in the upper left-hand corner. When you do, a window will appear in the center of your screen and you will change the dimension to accommodate the size placemat you have chosen like I have done here.
Your workspace should now look something like this and ready for you to start adding your fonts, images, and decorations!
To add the letters to your workspace and build your monogram, go to the Add button at the top of the page and select Text from the drop-down menu. This will open a text box for you to insert the first initial, repeat this step for your second and third initial. I chose to do a monogram with a larger center initial and 2 smaller initials on either side, this is why you will need all your letters in separate text boxes.
When you select any of the text boxes a new menu will appear on the left side of the screen. Delete the word “text” from the text box and replace with your initial then click the Apply button at the bottom of the menu. Repeat this step for all initials.
Now let’s make our letters bigger! To do that, just click and drag the white boxes on the corners of your letter like you see above to your desired size.
Pro Tip: Place the letter at the top left corner of the workspace so you can use the rulers as a guide to make them the size you want.
Now, this next step is where your ruler tool really SHINES! To center the letters, there is a dotted line guide that moves along the rulers to show where your mouse/cursor currently is in your workspace. Click on the larger letter and move your mouse/cursor just under the Top-Center white box. Then click and carefully drag your mouse until it is in line with whatever number is half of your width or in my case the 10″ mark.
Then do the same for the Left-Center white box. Click and drag until it is in line with whatever number is half of your height or in my case the 7″ mark.
You may have to gauge for yourself how far you would like your letters spaced apart, I chose to have mine spaced at 4″ apart. So the center of my first initial is located at 6″ and the center of my last initial is located at 14″.
Now we can add a frame for our monogram! You can use the ruler and ruler guides to gauge how large to make your frames or do what I did and “Eye Ball” it!
To add your first frame, go to Add, then click Circle.
A new menu will open on the left side of the screen as it does below.
Click on the drop-down arrow to the right of the Fill Color option and change the color to white. In the Stroke Width Box adjust the size to 0.25″. Click Arrange at the top of the page and then click Send to Back. This will send your circle frame behind your monogram so it no longer covers it. Adjust as necessary to center and size this frame around your monogram.
To add your second frame, go to Add then click Rectangle. The settings menu will open on the left side of the screen. Click on the Drop-Down arrow to the right of Fill Color and change the color to white. In the Stroke Width Box adjust the size to 0.25″. Click Arrange at top of the page and then click Send to Back. Adjust as necessary to center and size this frame around your monogram. Your placemat should now look like my example below. You can now select your individual letters or frames and adjust the Fill Colors to create different color options for different occasions! You can also change the background color by clicking on the Pattern button and changing the color in the menu that opens.
Here are a few different ways I changed my placemats up!
Tip: If you don’t want your letters to have a contrasting line around it, make sure your Stroke Color & Fill Color are the same!