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Monogrammed Hand Towel




A present bearing a hand-painted monogram shows affectionate effort. Use a set of hand towels and a letter stencil. Lay towel over a sheet of paper. Center stencil on towel and, holding it firmly, apply two coats of washable fabric paint with a medium-size brush. Remove stencil, and let dry, about three hours.

Martha Stewart Living, February 2004



Reviews (18)

  • Spoka10 28 Dec, 2011

    As the previous post states, Martha Stewart no longer sells the towels shown. I was able to find nice linen/cotton tea towels at Fabric paint at JoAnn's and stencils at WalMart's. Adhesive for the stencil was not necessary. Came out great!

  • MsParker24 8 Nov, 2010

    I've been wanting to make these for christmas gifts and want to do it this year but I guess I'm late to the party! It seems Martha doesn't have a line at Kmart anymore and I can't find comparable dish towels. Does anyone have any other suggestions? Thanks for all the previous, I'm sure they would have been very helpful if I had decided to do this in previous years ;)

  • MsTee 2 Jan, 2009

    I found the spray adhesive to use on the template to secure it to the fabric and prevent paint "bleeding" under the edge. It's called Sulky KK2000 and can be found at It is made for this purpose -- adhering patterns to fabric then lifting them off and does not stain. Now I am anxious to create these to put in my Christmas Gifts container marked "Gifts for 2009". YES I am starting early this year. The economy demands it!!

  • MsTee 31 Dec, 2008

    I guess my brain is working overtime. A great way to hold the template to the fabric and guarantee clean edges to your lettering is with the adhesive spray that allows you to put something in place then lift it off and move it to another position. I believe I have seen this in scrapbooking supplies and at one time I used an adhesive spray found in fabric stores to spray the back of pattern pieces then adhere them to the fabric to be cut. The pattern pieces could be removed and reused after spraying with this product. It's been quite a while and it would be great if it's still available but I'm not sure because of the length of time since I used the product. An internet search for a removable replaceable adhesive might find it for us. Martha if there isn't such a product this might be something your technical team could work on for you. I can think of many uses. But... I bet there is such a thing out there somewhere.

  • MsTee 31 Dec, 2008

    Sweet_D I just had a brainstorm. If you have Microsoft Word you could go to WordArt, select your font choice and size then print it to cardstock. Carefully cut it out with a craft knife and make your own template. You could either trace it onto the fabric and paint within the lines, use Martha's instructions , or use the stencilling method of holding it on the cloth and blotting the paint over the template with a stenciling brush careful to follow instrucions for clean edges.

  • MsTee 31 Dec, 2008

    Sorry Sweet_D I ran out of characters. Hope my info is of help. I'm surprised Martha did not give us a template on her website. She's so good to us that way. But you know if we search it out she may have alphabet templates on the website just not listed with this particular project. Think I'll check it out by running a search in crafts for Alphabet Templates on

  • MsTee 31 Dec, 2008

    You can find the templates for these stencils in the craft section at stores such as Michael's, Hobby Lobby, and Wal-Marts that carry craft supplies (unfortunately some are closing out their craft department and the closest Michael's and Hobby Lobby to me is 60 miles away. Thank goodness for online shopping) . The stencil templates are often close to the scrapbooking supplies or stenciling supplies near the paints used for this purpose. There are usually several styles and sizes.

  • Sweet_D 22 Dec, 2008

    Anyone know where you can find this letter template?

  • friendscallmemartha 18 Dec, 2008

    This is such a great idea ~ I just made 3 towels and now i want to stencil everything ~ what a wonderful way to make a gift more personal. thanks martha :)

  • rasaville16 5 Dec, 2008

    Thank you rainydaze. You've been very helpful! :)

  • deltablueroom1 5 Dec, 2008

    I agree with charlotte. The crafts are great, but where do you get the supplies? I know stores can't be mentioned, but KMart and Michael's carry alot of Martha's products.

  • rainydaze 4 Dec, 2008

    to rasaville16 You can get these towels at KMart. The are in the towel section. They are called flour sack towels. By Martha Stewart, go figure

  • 2DOGMA 4 Dec, 2008

    You could probably uses white linen napkins. And, fabric paint will not wash out. That's the's permanent:)

  • charlotte1150 4 Dec, 2008

    It would be nice if Martha's helpers would tell us where we can purchase items to make the crafts, e.g., the stencils, the towels.

  • rasaville16 3 Dec, 2008

    Does anybody know where to get thin, plain white or cream hand towels like the one pictured above?

  • Lynsey1 13 Nov, 2008

    I think it means fabric paint that can be washed. Loved this idea, I think I am going to try this one!!!

  • KimKubicek 12 Nov, 2008

    If the fabric paint is washable, does that mean it will come out? Wouldn't you want to use permanent?

  • PinkishNona 7 Dec, 2007

    Iwill try this