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Monogrammed Table Linens and Napkins

Hosting a dinner party or holiday meal? Add a personalized touch to napkins, tablecloths, and other fabrics with stenciled monograms.

Photography: Helen Norman

Source: Martha Stewart

materials

  • Linen fabric
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Alphabet Stencil Set in Monogram Flourish, $8 for set of 41,

    michaels.com

  • Craft paint
  • Foam pouncer
  • Stencil tape
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Tintable Fabric Medium, $7 for 6 oz.,

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  • Optional: Paint palette

steps

  1. Prep linens for stenciling by cleaning and ironing.
  2. Remove backing from stencil and set aside. Place stencil on surface, affixing with stencil tape.
  3. Pour a small amount of paint on your paint palette. Load paint sparingly on foam pouncer. (Tip: Practice your technique or check your color by first making a sample print on paper or scrap fabric.) Dab off excess, then lightly pounce on a thin layer of paint. Apply a second coat if necessary. Avoid overloading your brush or the extra paint may seep under the stencil.
  4. While paint is still wet, carefully peel stencil off.
  5. Let linens dry completely before use. Clean stencil with soap and water before reusing for another project.

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