A simple initial is all it takes to turn an ordinary tea towel into a civilized oversize dinner napkin. Begin with plain vintage linens from a flea market or new towels. Transfer letters onto the fabric by tracing over them with a sheet of sewing transfer paper. Use cross-stitches to embroider block letters, satin stitches or French knots to fill in more fluid initials. If home embroidery isn't your style, you can have the towels monogrammed professionally by machine.
Martha Stewart Living, January 2001