Wendell T. Webber
For a hostess who loves to cook, say thank you with an apron monogrammed with iron-on transfer letters. In keeping with the culinary theme, include some wooden kitchen utensils and a blank recipe book. You can personalize the book's cover with a sticker printed with a customized stamp, like this one from finestationery.com.
TIPS & TOOLS
You will need a computer, ink-jet color printer, iron-on transfer paper (available at craft or computer stores), and an iron for this project. Be sure to turn the iron's steam function off, or you risk ruining the transfer.
1. Using a word processing program, type the initials you wish to monogram in the font and color of your choice. Consider the color of the apron, and choose either a contrasting or tonal hue for the monogram.
2. Flip the letters on your computer, then print onto transfer paper.
3. Trim excess paper closely, leaving the letters connected.
4. Position letters on the apron and iron according to the included instructions.
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