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Monogrammed Decor

Embroidered on linens or etched on glass, monograms can add a sentiment of customized sophistication to your decor details. No matter how you choose to use them, they will quickly turn your house into a home.


Re-create the beauty of etching with a rubber stamp to monogram candleholders for the mantel.

Customize decor with initials and numbers to remind your family that there really is no place like home.
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Stenciled Hallway Organizer

Banish prebeach pandemonium (Who took my towel? Where are my flip-flops?) with a designated station featuring boldly numbered hooks and corresponding cloth baskets for each guest or family member. Now if only there were a system for getting them to remember to put on sunscreen.

Created By: Johnny Miller, Anna Williams (coffee), Illo: Brown Bird Design




 Resources: Cabana beach towels, in Periwinkle, Eco-Fabric open bins, Century ceramic hooks, in Satin Nickel, Reclaimed-wood bench,



  • Waterproof paper, for stencils
  • Craft knife
  • Painters' tape
  • Small natural sea sponge
  • Latex and fabric paints


  1. Step 1

    To make stencils: On a computer, enlarge numbers in a font you like; print on waterproof paper. Cut out with craft knife.

  2. Step 2

    For wall, center stencils above hooks, and secure with painters' tape. Dip sponge in latex paint, blot excess, and dab on stencil. For baskets, use fabric paint. Proceed as above, but place a box or other hard object behind fabric for a firm work surface. 

Martha Stewart Living, August 2010



Reviews (2)

  • angelaandthetwins 6 Jul, 2012

    I'm so excited to make this to organize our beach items. We live right next to a lake (Lake of the Ozarks). I'm going to use the work LAKE rather then numbers because our initials happen to spell it out, Lillian (one of my twin daughters), Angela (me), Kirby (my other twin daughter), and Eric (my husband)!!

  • kdka30 5 Aug, 2011

    So Cute!

Entryway Organizer

Streamline outings with a monogrammed organizing station for your entryway.


Personalized Tea Towel Craft

Give basic kitchen towels a one-of-a-kind look with monogram clip art.




Resources: Iron-on transfer paper is available from and most office-supply and crafts stores.


  • Monogram template
  • Iron-on transfer paper
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Pillowcase
  • Plain or minimally decorated tea towel
  • Iron


  1. Step 1

    Download the template for your chosen letter, and print onto iron-on transfer paper. Note: Letters print in reverse, which is needed for most types of iron-on transfer papers. Check the manufacturer's instructions for the specific type of transfer paper you are using. Letter may be printed as a mirror image if it needs to be right-facing

  2. Step 2

    Using scissors or a craft knife, cut loosely around the designs, leaving a 1/8-inch border.

  3. Step 3

    Lay an ironed pillowcase on a table or other hard, heat-resistant surface (not an ironing board, which has too much padding).

  4. Step 4

    Place an ironed tea towel on pillowcase. Arrange cut out designs face down on tea towel, avoiding seams. Iron letter onto tea towel. Let cool completely, and remove paper backing.

The Martha Stewart Show, May 2010



Reviews (6)

  • grandmag 26 Jul, 2010

    Like the others, I am interested in winning a Rowenta and where do I sign up? loved today's show with Joan Rivers!!

  • conniegerman 26 Jul, 2010

    Can I sign up to win an iron, too

  • Chrisangel 26 Jul, 2010

    hi i want to enter to win the iron ....!!!

  • plguss 8 May, 2010

    Where can I find tea towels like the ones on the show?

  • jill808702 4 May, 2010

    That is Martha's symbol and is not for public use

  • dwooden 4 May, 2010

    I loved the iron on oak tree motif Martha put on her tea towel. I can't find that template on the site - can anyone help?

Personalized Tea Towel

Give basic kitchen towels a one-of-a-kind look with our monogram clip art.

Monogram Floral Wreath

Threaded hyacinth are twisted together for this blooming monogram.


Door Monograms




Personalize the entrance to the ceremony or reception in an instant with store-bought wooden initials.


  • Store-bought wooden initials
  • Wide satin ribbon
  • Hot-glue gun (optional)
  • Over-the-door hanger
  • Pinking shears
  • Self-adhesive felt pads


  1. Step 1

    To display, loop wide satin ribbon around each letter. Knot ribbon at least one foot above letter, leaving ends long enough to create a bow (for letters that aren't easily looped, hot-glue ribbon to letter's back, and tie into a knot); hang on an over-the-door hanger.

  2. Step 2

    Tie ribbon ends into a bow and trim with pinking shears. Attach self-adhesive felt pads to backs of letters to protect door.

Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2004



Reviews (13)

  • lindeeloo1956 21 Jul, 2012

  • michelle irvin8809 16 Jul, 2012

    I bought my letter off of ebay but I am not using them for a entrance I am using them for a baby room but mines not that font either...if you go to ebay you can order either painted or unpainted..i bought unpainted and painted them myself

  • michelle irvin8809 16 Jul, 2012

    I bought my letter off of ebay but I am not using them for a entrance I am using them for a baby room but mines not that font either...if you go to ebay you can order either painted or unpainted..i bought unpainted and painted them myself

  • macura 15 Jul, 2012

    Where is the best place to get Painted Letters? And, what is this font that Martha is using?

  • lisaraeswan 19 Mar, 2010

    I have used these in the past (available in black or white):

  • katie4986 13 Feb, 2010

    pekkle6n: For letters like H and N there are usually small holes set into the backs of these letters. Instead of lopping the ribbon through the letter itself you can tie small knots at the ends, and pushing the knots into the back holes should hold. You can then tie a knot/ bow at the top making at slight triangular shape off of the top of the letter.

  • pekkle6n 24 Jan, 2010

    I found letters at papersource, michaels and acmoore.
    Does anyone have any suggestions on how to hang a H or N?

  • erindu 20 Jan, 2010

    Where do you find letters?

  • CarolineAnne61809 1 Sep, 2008

    Drill a [filtered word] through the top of the T or put hang the ribbon around the intersection of the perpendicular lines

  • Arthurslove 29 Jul, 2008

    Any suggestions on how to hang the letter T? I would use the first letters of the bride and grooms name.

  • FloridaMOB 29 Jul, 2008

    Should I use the first letter of the bride's name and the first letter of the groom's name?

  • Arthurslove 28 Jul, 2008

    You can get these letters at a craft store or maybe a hardware store. They would most likely come unfinished nor painted.

  • 2Norfolk 22 Jul, 2008

    Where can you buy these letters? Can I get them online?

Door Monograms

Personalize an entrance with painted wooden initials and ribbon.

Rustic Monogram

A monogram wreath made from pinecones or berries can adorn an entry or mantel.

Silk Flower Monogram

Silk flowers spell out a guest of honor's initials on a silk faille banner.


Etched Glass




Flea-market finds and dollar-a-glass specials can be transformed with monograms, stripes, and whimsical polka dots. All you need is etching cream (available at craft and art-supply stores), masking tape, and a steady hand to cut a template.

When using etching cream, wear plastic gloves and an old shirt with long sleeves, and be sure to work in a well-ventilated area.


  • Etching cream
  • Masking tape
  • Paintbrush


  1. Step 1

    Start by deciding upon your design. We used masking tape to make the stripes and adhesive hole-reinforcers (for loose-leaf paper) to make the polka dots. The M stencil was created by enlarging the typeface on a photocopy machine and cutting a stencil.Note: To make a monogram stencil, place the enlarged letter on a piece of Con-Tact paper, which has a sticky back that will adhere to glass. Trace the letter, then cut it out with a utility knife, discarding the letter itself and reserving the template -- remember to reserve the center cutouts of letters with closed shapes, like O and A.

  2. Step 2

    When applying your design, always clean and dry the glass first; press the design onto the glass, and rub hard. Using a paintbrush, apply a thick layer of etching cream to the glass. (Avoid spills, since cream will leave permanent marks.)

  3. Step 3

    Wait 5 minutes, then rinse off the cream with warm water, and remove the stencil.

Martha Stewart Living, September 1997



Reviews (19)

  • cbixby 9 Oct, 2012

    Is it okay to use other brands of etching stencils with MS glass etching cream or vice versa? I've never done etching before and want to stencil my flutes for my wedding. Because of the shape of them, I can not have them engraved so I decided to try etching - I'll practice first of course. One brand has the date stencils and the other has the type of lettering stencils that I like.

  • cbixby 9 Oct, 2012

    Is it okay to use other brands of etching stencils with MS glass etching cream or vice versa? I've never done etching before and want to stencil my flutes for my wedding. Because of the shape of them, I can not have them engraved so I decided to try etching - I'll practice first of course. One brand has the date stencils and the other has the type of lettering stencils that I like.

  • cbixby 9 Oct, 2012

    Is it okay to use other brands of etching stencils with MS glass etching cream or vice versa? I've never done etching before and want to stencil my flutes for my wedding. Because of the shape of them, I can not have them engraved so I decided to try etching - I'll practice first of course. One brand has the date stencils and the other has the type of lettering stencils that I like.

  • cbixby 9 Oct, 2012

    Is it okay to use other brands of etching stencils with MS glass etching cream or vice versa? I've never done etching before and want to stencil my flutes for my wedding. Because of the shape of them, I can not have them engraved so I decided to try etching - I'll practice first of course. One brand has the date stencils and the other has the type of lettering stencils that I like.

  • gandk29 30 Jan, 2012

    You can't remove etching, if its painted you can remove that with a straight razor but be careful of the angle you hold the razor so you don't scatch the glass. But if it is real etching it can't be scatched off because the acid eats the glass away.

  • angelmoon1302 30 Jan, 2012

    how do you take etching off?

  • sweetstars5 29 Jan, 2012

    Martha Stewart Adhesive Stencils also work GREAT for etching glass - and she has DO MANY great designs!

    I found mine at Michaels!,default,sc.html?q=*&start=12&sz=12

  • shimmysister 29 Jan, 2012

    This is a very fun and simple idea. I have done many projects - decorate glasses for gifts, jazz up old glass and play with wine bottles too. I use the wine bottles for lamps or candles for outdoor parties, or fill with small Christmas lights. etch mayo or peanut butter jars, make wire handles, put in a tea light and hang from the trees or deck.....

  • teach4MO 27 Nov, 2011

    Does anyone know if you can etch on Corning ware? I've been experimenting and it doesn't seem to leave as dark of an impression as I desire. Could it be the cream I'm using? I'm using Armour Etch.

  • craftmaster 20 Oct, 2009

    What a great way to spice up your glass. I heard about this through [url]

  • Thedancer 20 Jul, 2009

    Glass Etching is very inexpensive especially when you use jars or bottles that was going to be thrown away. I also enjoy ready project ideas at Etchworld dot com

  • princessmabel 20 Jul, 2009

    Etching is an easy, inexpensive way to create unique glass ware. It can be done on any colour of glass. I have been etching for years and think it is a cheap way of making unique and loved gifts.

  • liveandlearn 19 Jul, 2009

    I bought the product and tried because I was excited to try different ideas. Its not as easy as it looks and also very expensive.

  • KaraWoman 22 Nov, 2008

    Can etching also be done on a dark colored glass? Also, is it dishwasher safe?

  • Lisa_Rubenstein 4 Aug, 2008

    I was really excited about this project and I had a lot of ideas I wanted to try it out. When I went to buy the etching cream I decided I didn't want the product in my house, near my skin or lungs! Rather disappointed! Something to think twice about, working with toxic chemicals.

  • bcraftycreations 25 May, 2008

    Can etching creme be colored?

  • mangiarone 6 Mar, 2008

    I've used etching cream before in the studio on enameling projects, and equalizing the acidic etching cream with baking soda was an important step! It stops the cream from etching the glass and your sink and pipes when you rinse it down the drain. Just sprinkle and rub with a little water. Fizzing is normal, add baking powder and rub until it stops. And rinse glass and sink.

    And when using something where rubber gloves and fully covered skin, also wear eye goggles/glasses to protect your eyes!

  • homesicksoutherner 28 Feb, 2008

    This works really well. It's also a great idea for creating a custom border around plain-jane builder -supplied bathroom mirrors!

  • rusdar 6 Dec, 2007

    This looks like so much fun,...I can't wait to try it!!!

Monogrammed Glasses

Transform flea-market finds and dollar-a-glass specials with an etched monogram.

A Pictorial Monogram

Martha's stationery monogram is also elegant as white-on-white embroidery.

Ironing Monograms

Martha Stewart Living, November 1996

Embroidered monograms look best when they pop up crisply from the polished linen around them. To keep them looking sharp and distinct, lay the monogram face down on a towel, and iron it from the back. Then remove the towel, and turn the linen over; iron the area surrounding the monogram from the front, avoiding the embroidered design itself.


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Iron-On Monograms

Ironed-on monograms should pop up crisply from the linen around them.

Linen Monograms

Consider copying the same monogram on both your bath towels and hand towels for a cohesive look.

Come to Light

Martha Stewart Living, January 2007

Here's an illuminating way to point guests to the party: Put your house number in lights. Download our number templates, print, and cut out. Trace each digit onto the side of a cardboard gift box. Using a craft knife, cut out numbers. Tape vellum to interior of cut sides. Set boxes outside, placing a battery-operated push light inside each to illuminate the digits.

Comments (2)

  • sjbpropertyofnsync 26 Jun, 2008

    "Puzzy", to made permanent you could use tin coffee cans! Cut the bottoms/tops out, cut out the numbers you want on them, stack them up, you can glue them together, then paint it. After that just throw in a strand of outdoor Xmas lights and wala! Lighted address =]

  • puzzy 15 Jan, 2008

    I am thinking I would like to try and make one that would be permanent-anyone have ideas?

Lit House Numbers

Put your house number in lights to direct guests to your party.


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

Monogrammed Hand Towel

Turn a pack of plain ivory hand towels into personalized bathroom decor.


Custom Doormat

Welcome guests -- and reassure them that they're ringing the right bell -- with a mat displaying your house number.




You can easily embellish an inexpensive doormat with hardware-store supplies to create an accent for your entrance that is both functional and decorative.



  • Coir doormat (18-by-30-inch coir mat, which is made from the stiff fibers of coconut husks)
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape in 3-inch and 3/4-inch widths
  • Address numbers
  • Card stock
  • Utility knife
  • Ruler
  • T pins
  • 12-ounce can
  • Enamel spray paint


  1. Step 1

    Create a border around its perimeter with 3-inch tape, positioning it 1 1/4 inches from edge. For a second border, affix 3/4-inch tape, leaving 1/2 inch between borders. Print out figures (ours are 650-point type), then photocopy onto card stock, and cut out with a utility knife; or choose 6-inch numbers from a hardware store. Use a ruler to center numbers; pin paper ones to mat.

  2. Step 2

    In a well-ventilated area, hold spray paint (in a contrasting color) 4 to 6 inches over mat and work in small circles; bring closer to paint edges of mat.

  3. Step 3

    Let dry at least 2 hours before removing tape and numbers.

Martha Stewart Living, September 2003



Reviews (7)

  • ameyers 19 Sep, 2015

    I'm really curious how this project holds up over time. Does wiping your feet cause the paint to come off? Are you then tracking paint flakes into your home? I'd love to do it as a gift but I'm afraid it will be a disappointment if the item doesn't withstand normal use.

  • Rootbeer 4 Apr, 2010

    I don't see any directions for this project. Anyone else having this problem? I can probably figure it out, but it would be nice to have some guidance.

  • cindy 2 Apr, 2010

    The page for the custom doormat project will not display. I would love to see it if you can fix the page.
    thank you

  • JenNguyen 22 Mar, 2009

    I got my mat at Ikea a few months ago and finally got around to finishing this project today. I used white spray paint and made my own stencil by having my monogram photocopied on card stock at my local office supply store. Just be careful when cutting out the letters. Otherwise, it looks great!

  • myrnie_twin 8 Mar, 2009

    Ikea has door mats for very good prices. What a great project!

  • Christinel4950 8 Mar, 2009

    I've been wanting to do this, but can not find plain coir mats anywhere. They all have stuff on them. These would make great housewarming gifts! Does anyone have any tips of locating them for an inexpensive price? Bulk would be ok.

  • phoenics 13 Nov, 2007

    Wow - I just bought a condo and I was thinking of doing this exact same thing because there are no numbers near our doors (and the two doors are so close to one another, it's hard to figure out which is which unit). I think this is a much easier way of doing the stenciling than my idea (which involved cutting out the numbers and filling them in with paint). Cool!

Custom Doormat

Reassure guests that they're ringing the right doorbell with a monogrammed mat.

Tableware Monograms

Monograms change the look of your flatware pattern, so consider having them engraved on the back.


Paint Your House Number on a Planter

Created By: Joseph De Leo




You don't want your house to look like every other on the block, so why should your house numbers? Skip the obvious offerings at the hardware store in favor of custom-painted numbers on a planter. 


1. Select a font from your computer (or browse online at Enlarge and print the numbers in various sizes to see which works best on your planter. 

2. Using an ink-jet printer and waterproof paper, print the numbers in desired size, on a single sheet if they fit. If using a laser printer, print the numbers on regular paper and trace onto waterproof paper. Make a stencil by cutting out the numbers with a craft knife.

3. If the numbers were printed separately, tape stencils together, spacing numbers about 3/4 inch apart. Use masking tape to adhere stencil to planter. 

4. Choose acrylic paint in a color that stands out from the planter. Use a sponge or a stencil brush to dab paint into stencil. Let dry, and remove stencil. New tall camellia pot, $160,


  1. Step 1

Martha Stewart Living, September 2010



Reviews (14)

  • raquelhalloway123 2 Feb, 2014

    Painting house numbers on the exterior really do help when others are trying to find a home. Looks like a fun project.

  • kellydaniel 8 Nov, 2011

    Maybe not the best choice for house number, but I live in a small town with a state university. This is a great alternative choice to the flag mounted to the house. I think I'll try it!

  • hillsboroughmom 28 Mar, 2011

    I have to agree that it is cute but not safe.

  • yougotjenny 28 Mar, 2011

    Still love it so much!!!!

  • teemcee 28 Mar, 2011

    NOTE: This wouldn't meet current building code standards in most jurisidictions as your primary house number identification for the reasons some commenters have already noted. It is a nice DECORATIVE touch for your property but use at your own risk!!!

  • firebb 28 Mar, 2011

    pitch dark

  • firebb 28 Mar, 2011

    Very cute as supplemental house I.D. -but as I firefighter medic its not practical. If your beloved needs an ambulance/ fire truck; trying to drive in a quick safe manner searching addresses; on kid or traffic congested streets in snow, rain, sleet, ice storms, blinding sun or pitch dark

  • yougotjenny 28 Mar, 2011

    love this idea!! So much easier to see than the little house numbers people have room for near the door!! Love it!!

  • myke43 28 Mar, 2011

    While this idea is cute, it is not practical. Our local police and Fire
    district would NOT recommend such a placing of your house number
    as in case of an emergency as it would not be helpful in identifying
    your home. House numbers must be large enough to be seen in a
    spot that is easily seen from the street. This "cute" idea should be
    only be used in addition to a properly placed ledgibly done number.
    Safety FIRST. Mykele

  • mellajames 1 Jan, 2011

    does anyone know what size font is used to make these numbers?

  • traceykinohio 21 Nov, 2010

    judy, those are more than likely morning glories. i have them every year

  • clematide1 21 Nov, 2010

    The plant at either side of the door is called Dutchman's Pipe.

  • Greenalicious 21 Nov, 2010

    What a cute idea! Can't wait to try this

  • jcapist 21 Nov, 2010

    Can anyone tell me what plants are growing on either side of the porch? Would love those for our front porch. Thanks judycapistrant@gmail.colm

Numbered Planter

Make your house stand out from others on the block with this monogram technique.


Monogrammed Napkins

A monogram is a lovely way to personalize a handkerchief or napkin. Just choose a font on your computer and embroider initials.




  • Pattern
  • Transfer paper
  • Vintage Napkin or handkerchief
  • Pencil
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Needle
  • Embroidery floss


  1. Step 1

    Use a standard chain stitch to create the monogram. Choose a letter from a typography book or computer font menu.

  2. Step 2

    Photocopy or print, adjusting size as needed; cut out. Place pattern on top of transfer paper (red shows best), and trace onto fabric with a pencil. Place fabric in an embroidery hoop, pulling taut.

  3. Step 3

    Thread needle with embroidery floss and insert it through wrong side of fabric. Reinsert next to where needle just exited. Instead of completing the stitch, pull until you have a 1/16-inch loop. Bring needle back up through loop.

  4. Step 4

    Continue linking the loops in this way until you've completed the letter. Sew multiple rows next to one another to fill in wider areas. Knot in back when you are finished.

Martha Stewart Living, February 2006



Reviews (3)

  • chambliss 5431 com 20 Mar, 2011

    I never try to monogrammed,but i will try today thank you for that ideal.

  • ynohtna 18 Jan, 2011

    This looks amazing! The color and the material make it really eye-catching on the table! What a lovely decoration. By the way, I don't know whether you like to make your own jean-style quilts?
    The tutorial on this website really gives a good example on how to reuse stuff like old clothes.

  • ElComer 2 Oct, 2008

    Perfect timing, I just bought some plain napkins today. I like the idea of adding the extra lines. I'm planning on doing white on white monograms so the gift can go with any color.

Monogrammed Napkins

Choose a font on your computer to personalize your napkins with a monogram.