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Monogram Place Mat

Silk-screen a monogram onto leather for place mats. Use the same monogram as a pattern for matching napkins. You can embroider them (using colorfast thread) if you’re skilled with a needle, or send them out to a pro.




  • Leather, cut into 12-by-18-inch pieces (we used Bottle Green)
  • Painters' tape
  • Textile paint, in white
  • 12-inch squeegee


  1. Step 1

    Look at font books, vintage monogrammed napkins, or handkerchiefs to find a look you like. Send your inspiration to a graphic designer, such as Linsey Laidlaw, to create your monogram and framed silk screen.

  2. Step 2

    Lay leather right side up, with the short side facing you; secure with painters' tape. Place silkscreen frame on top.

  3. Step 3

    Apply a generous strip of paint 1 1/2 inches above design. With squeegee at a 45-degree angle, drag from top to bottom.

  4. Step 4

    Carefully lift screen away from mat to avoid smudging paint. Let dry overnight.

Martha Stewart Living, September 2011



Reviews (2)

  • sabuca 9 Apr, 2013

    This would certainly need a video.

  • jkhnels 11 Sep, 2012

    Hey team Martha! Any idea what fonts Linsey used for this awesome monogram? I'd love to use them on my wedding invitations, but I can't figure out which ones they are!! Thanks so much for your help!