Monogrammed items such as towels, napkins and pillows are a great way to personalise your home, and they also make thoughtful gifts. There are many ways to monogram items at home, including by machine embroidery, hand embroidery, iron-on transfers and fabric-safe paints and crayons. Consider the use of the item when choosing your monogramming method -- paints and iron-on transfers may work well for items like napkins and tea towels that get light use, while sturdier embroidery is a better choice for bath towels and robes.
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Things you need
- Tailor's chalk
- Computer and printer (optional)
- Clear nail polish
- Embroidery needle
- Embroidery hoop
- Embroidery floss
Choose the letters and style of your monogram. Monograms can consist of one to three letters, and styles range from frilly cursive fonts to classic serif styles. Look online or at craft stores for ideas.
Draw your monogram with a pencil on a piece of paper. If you have a computer and printer, you can print a monogram on paper instead.
Rub tailor's chalk all over the back of your monogrammed paper, making sure to completely cover the monogram.
Place the paper monogram-side up on the fabric where you want the monogram to appear. Carefully trace the outline of the monogram with a dull pencil. Remove the paper when you are done to reveal the monogram letter outline on your fabric.
Secure the fabric inside an embroidery hoop so that the monogram is in the centre. Thread the needle with the embroidery floss in your colour of choice. Separate the floss into two strands for more delicate letters, or use four or more strands for thicker letters.
Beginning at the bottom corner, stitch thread across your letter outline at a 45-degree angle, making sure to cover the curves and angles of your letter. When you finish each letter, tie a knot tightly underneath the fabric and seal the knot with a dot of clear nail polish. Start each letter with a new piece of thread.
Tips and warnings
- If you are not an experienced sewer, choose simpler block-letter styles for your monogram, as they will be easier to embroider.
- Skip steps 3 and 4 by printing your monogram on iron-transfer printer paper and simply ironing the monogram pattern onto your fabric.
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