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Monogram Embroidered and Painted Pillow

Two fonts, a combination of paint and embroidery, and a mixed palette enliven a solid pillow.

Source: Martha Stewart


  • Monogram Clip Art

  • Light-colored fabric pillowcase

  • Graphite transfer paper, by Saral;

  • Waterproof paper, by National Geographic;

  • Cutting mat

  • Craft knife

  • Lumiere acrylic paint, in Metallic Pewter, by Jacquard;

  • Wide paintbrush, Series SN stencil brush, by Loew-Cornell;

  • Masking tape

  • Embroidery hoop, by Colonial Needle;

  • Tapestry needles, size 22, by John James;


  1. Print two letters in two fonts, enlarging to fit pillow as needed. Place transfer paper, chalky side down, on pillowcase; arrange letters on top. Trace letters with a pencil to transfer outlines.

  2. Place a piece of waterproof paper on cutting mat. Center left-hand letter (here, the T) on top; cut out to make a stencil. Lay stencil over outline on fabric; fill in with fabric paint. Tape off a 1 1/2-inch border on all sides of the pillowcase; fill in with paint. Let dry completely.

  3. Center the second letter in an embroidery hoop and, with a double strand of thread, create a running stitch along outline.

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