DIY Monogrammed Canvas Pouch

Today, we’re sharing how to make a diy monogrammed canvas pouch!

I’ll freely admit this project came about after I decided to switch from a purse that had multiple pockets to a market tote style bag. 

On one hand, I love the convenience of the tote bag. It’s roomy enough to accommodate everything from work notebooks and accessories to craft supplies.

The only thing I really miss about using a purse, is all the pockets.   I mean, pockets are great right? They make things so much easier to find and they help keep things more organized too. 

I know there are a lot of different purse organization options online but after using the market tote a while, I really only needed something simple like a canvas pouch. A pouch that could easily perform double duty holding receipts one day and make up essentials the next.

Thankfully, I stumbled upon a canvas pouch at a craft supply store and knew it would be the perfect solution.  Bonus, this DIY monogrammed canvas pouch was super easy to customize thanks to these iron on letters. 

Here’s a step by step guide so you can make your own diy monogrammed canvas pouch too…

DIY Monogrammed Canvas Pouch Supplies…

  • Zippered Canvas Pouch
  • Iron-On Letters (size and color of your choice)
  • Iron
  • Ironing Board
  • Ruler
  • Pencil or Sewing Chalk
  • Old Sheet or Kitchen Towel
  • Cardboard Insert (depending on the thickness of your canvas pouch)
  • Scissors (for jute tassel, optional)
  • Jute (for tassel, optional)

DIY Monogrammed Canvas Pouch Steps…

Gather your supplies and set up your workstation.  Make sure your canvas pouch is free from dirt and debris.  Then, using caution and care as iron will be hot, carefully iron any wrinkles out of the canvas pouch.

After the canvas pouch has cooled, unzip the pouch and insert a piece of cardboard or a kitchen towel inside the pouch. 

My diy monogrammed canvas pouch is lined with plastic so I used a piece of fabric wrapped cardboard to make sure I didn’t mess up the lining when applying the iron on letters.  

Next, decide if you want to use a one, two or three letter monogram.  The canvas pouch I’m using is pretty big. 

Ultimately, we thought the three-letter monogram looked the best, but we also liked the elegance of a single letter as well. 

Place the letters in the order of your monogram,

then use a ruler to make sure your letters are evenly spaced and in a straight line. 

Use a pencil or sewing chalk to lightly  mark a few of the edges of your letters in case they get moved while you’re ironing the letters on. 

Lay a kitchen towel or a sheet over the letter you want to iron onto the canvas pouch.

Using caution and care as iron will be hot, iron over each letter.  This brand suggested 30 seconds, but I actually needed a bit longer for the letters to adhere completely. 

The back of the package should give instructions so make sure to follow them.

Repeat the process over each letter (including the backs of each letter) until your DIY monogrammed canvas pouch is finished!

Adding a Jute Tassel to the DIY Monogrammed Canvas Pouch…

Now, this part is totally optional but if you want to make a tassel to hang off the zipper of your monogrammed canvas pouch, wind several strands of jute around your hand.

The more yarn or jute you wind the larger your tassel will be.

Using caution and care as scissors will be sharp, cut another piece of jute to tie off and knot the wound strands.  

Again, using caution and care, cut the jute on the opposite end from where you tied it off.

Cut another piece of jute and wrap it around the tassel near the top about ½ inches down from the top. 

Wrap it around several times then tie it in a knot and hide the ends of the knot in with the other strands. 

I cut my piece of jute too short on this step and it was really hard to hide it in with the rest of the strands, so just a heads up.

Thread then tie the two strands of jute at the top of the tassel to the zipper. 

Cut the length of the tassel strands to shorten them further, if desired.

Ways to Use a DIY Monogrammed Canvas Pouch

I know it seems like a lot of steps to complete this diy monogrammed canvas pouch, but it really does not take very long to put this project together at all.  

Especially if you have all the supplies together.

What we love about this pouch is how easily it can be customized for friends, family members or coworkers.

This diy monogrammed canvas pouch is generous in size and would be great to hold everything from purse supplies to individual snack bags for the littles, to help streamline your morning makeup routine or your evening skincare routine.

You could also use it to help keep a purse, gym, carry on or even an overnight bag organized. These pouches are super versatile!

Honestly, we’re not usually ones to craft presents this early but the holidays have snuck up on us one too many times.

So, this year we’re looking for simple ways to prepare now for the holidays which of course has us all kinds of excited ?

Are you guys crafting or making anything right now? We always love to hear what projects you’re working on! Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. This is a really cute DIY Coco. My girls and several girlfriends would love this project as a present. I need to get ready for the holidays early like you do. Thanks

    1. So glad you like this pouch Sarah! They were super easy to make and can easily be customized for your girls or your girlfriends. We’re definitely in the Christmas spirit already ha ha. There are so many fun things to look forward to! Hugs, CoCo

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