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How to Create Monogrammed Items Yourself

A monogram is a sign of identity usually formed of the combined initials of a name. Monogrammed items are very popular customized gifts for almost any occasion. Some monograms combine the first letters of a husband and wife's first names overlaid the initial of the last name taken in marriage. Other monograms can include the first and last initial of the names or the first, middle, and last initial of the names.

Things You'll Need:

  • Scissors
  • Stencils
  • Embroidery Machine
  • Woodburning Kit
  • Needle
  • Brushes
  • Stamps
  • Paint
  • Thread

Decide on the item that you would like to monogram, such as a bathroom towel, a place mat, or a wall hanging.

Match up the material of the object that you would like to monogram with the options for monogramming. Fabrics like towels can be hand-embroidered, machine-embroidered, or painted. Fabric or paper items that are not very thick, like place mats or lamp shades, can also be embroidered or painted. Wood objects can have monograms painted or burned into them.

Get the supplies that you will need to complete the monogramming. For hand embroidering, you will need embroidery needles, an instructional book about how to monogram letters using a pattern, and high-quality embroidery thread. For machine embroidery, you will need an embroidery or sewing and embroidery combination machine. For painting or stamping monograms on fabrics, you will need fabric or acrylic paints. For painting on hard surfaces, you will need acrylics or oil paints, brushes, stamps or stencils. For woodburning, you will need a woodburning kit.

Create the monogram using the art supplies and tools. For hand embroidery, painting, stamping, or wood burning, trace the monogram on the surface using a pencil. Woodburning is just like drawing with a pen, except the tip is hot. For machine embroidery, select the initials, font, and size on the touch screen and stitch the monogram. Follow the manufacturer's product-specific directions for surface preparation and cleaning up.


Test out your hand stitching or woodburning on scrap pieces before monogramming the finished product.

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