I have a lot of fabric in my stash, but sometimes I just want to play with it without having to actually sit down at my machine :)  This is a very easy, no-sew project. You could also do this for Valentine’s Day using a heart in place of the shamrock and using red & pink fabrics, or for Christmas with a holly leaf pattern and red & green fabrics.


We are not Irish, so I put another family’s name on it… You could also do a first name, or no name at all.


  • Wrapped artist canvas (available at craft store) 8 x 10″    (You could also use a piece of board about 1/2″ thick)
  • Scraps of fabric
  • Assorted buttons
  • Ribbon, 12″ long piece
  • Fusible webbing (found in fabric store or sewing department)
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
Write your family name in block letters (or print it out from your computer.) The name should be no longer than 5 1/2″, and about 1 1/4 – 2″ high (the number of letters in your name will determine how big the letters need to be to fit.)
Flip the paper over and trace so that the letters are reversed.
Trace the reversed letters onto paper side of fusible webbing. For version with name, trace large shamrock (click here for pattern) onto paper side of fusible webbing. For version without name, trace both the large and small shamrocks. Cut out letters and shamrock(s), leaving about 1/8-1/4″ around each shape.
Iron letters and shamrock(s) to WRONG sides of fabrics.
(I originally tried using different fabrics for the letters, but then ended up using the same fabric for all of them.)
Cut out letters and shamrock on the line. Peel off the paper backing.
Cut a piece of fabric a couple of inches larger than your canvas. Wrap edges around back of canvas like you are wrapping a present. Glue in place.
Place large shamrock on front of covered canvas, about 1/4″ from top of canvas. Iron in place. Arrange letters or smaller shamrock on top of large shamrock and iron in place.
Cut a piece of fabric about 3 1/2″ x 12″. Place at bottom of canvas, wrapping sides and bottom to back of canvas and gluing in place.
Glue a piece of ribbon to cover the seam. Glue buttons to bottom. Easy!
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