DIY Vintage Monogram

DIY Vintage Monogram

I just spent several hours over several weeks scouring Etsy and Ebay for the perfectly monogrammed vintage linen.

I wanted to use it on the back of a chair I was reupholstering.

Tea towels were not wide enough. Tablecloths had the monogram in the wrong spot. Problem after problem, led me to the conclusion that I would just need to get to work creating my own.

Oh, and have you noticed the new blog header? I decided to use that wreath as my pattern.

While embroidery is admittedly somewhat tedious, it is one of my favorite types of sewing.

It is like drawing with thread.

The possibilities are endless.

I will show you how simple a DIY vintage monogram really is.

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Supplies

  • Embroidery Floss
    • I suggest actually going to a fabric store to match your colors exactly.
  • Fabric
  • Embroidery Hoop
  • Pattern
    • You will want to find the exact fonts or sketch that you want to turn into your monogram. Just print it out on your printer.
    • If you scroll down, you will find a free printable of the She Holds Dearly wreath to use for your next monogram project. Adding in initials would make a beautiful addition, as well.
  • Transfer Pencil
    • This is a special pencil that allows you to create an iron on pattern from your printed pattern and then washes off once you are done stitching.
  • Tissue Paper
  • Iron
  • Scotch Tape
  • Needle
  • Sewing Scissors

 Sometimes it's hard to find the perfect monogrammed linen you want for a project. Why not create your own with a simple pattern and inexpensive supplies? Free wreath printable included in this tutorial.

Tutorial

  • Decide what you want to monogram and print it out.
    • Remember, my wreath printable is below.
  • Create an iron-on pattern.
    • Tape your printed design to a window- be sure to reverse the design, meaning have the printer ink touching the window.
    • Tape a piece of tissue paper over this paper and trace the design with your transfer pencil.

Sometimes it's hard to find the perfect monogrammed linen you want for a project. Why not create your own with a simple pattern and inexpensive supplies? Free wreath printable included in this tutorial.

 

  • Iron the pattern onto your fabric.
    • Position the monogram exactly where you want it to be on the finished product.
  • Thread your needle.
    • Once you cut a section (about 18 inches) of embroidery floss, you can decide how thick  you want your stiches to be. Embroidery floss comes in “six ply”, meaning the floss is made up of six tiny threads. I always work with three ply at a time. So, I divide the six threads in half  and thread three strands through my needle.
  • Stitch over your ironed on pattern.
    • Here is a great post on how to do some basic stitches.
    • I used the “french knot” to create the dots, the “stem stitch” to create the stem and the “satin stitch” to create the leaves.
    • Make slightly loose, even stitches and keep checking the thread to make sure it isn’t twisting. You want each stitch to lie flat when you pull it tight.

Sometimes it's hard to find the perfect monogrammed linen you want for a project. Why not create your own with a simple pattern and inexpensive supplies? Free wreath printable included in this tutorial.

 

  • Remove the hoop and wash your fabric.

Sometimes it's hard to find the perfect monogrammed linen you want for a project. Why not create your own with a simple pattern and inexpensive supplies? Free wreath printable included in this tutorial.

Now you just took at piece of fabric and created a potential family heirloom!

So, with a couple of steps and some time, you can create any customized monogram.

 

Embroidary tutorial on hemp linen sheet, sewing project, DIY decorating

Click here to get your copy of the above wreath.

For More Inspiration See These Beautiful Books

Monograms and Antique Linens

The Book of Fine Linen

Linens for Every Room and Occasion

Related Posts

10 Ways to Repurpose Vintage Linens

Antique Hemp Sheets

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23 Comments

  1. June 10, 2017 / 11:42 AM

    I cannot tell you how much I appreciated this post. I am doing a french country pillow sham with embroidery wreath and monogram for my friend’s son who is getting married in August. I have purchased the nubby linen and will be using ecru floss. Your post has really helped me. I have been doing old fashioned embroidery for years but since I am in my middle 70’s, I don’t feel I am quite as good as I use to be. Your directions will greatly help me. Thanks so much!!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      June 16, 2017 / 2:01 PM

      Oh good, I love hearing this! Your project sounds incredible, I bet the wedding couple will be so pleased.

  2. June 10, 2017 / 12:17 PM

    Simply beautiful! Love this idea. Looks like it might test my patience but it’s worth a try because it’s sooooo pretty!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      June 16, 2017 / 2:14 PM

      I know what you mean. It is a little tedious, but such a lovely touch.

  3. Brenda
    June 10, 2017 / 1:29 PM

    Dearest Sarah
    Everything you do is art. Home art. It is what elevates what could be the ordinary into the extra ordinary. I do believe you would never have found anything that compares to your own vintage handiwork.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      June 16, 2017 / 2:14 PM

      Oh, Brenda, you are the sweetest. Thank you for your beautiful words.

  4. June 10, 2017 / 3:47 PM

    Your ideas are very inspiring! I love embroidery and don’t think I would have thought of that as the solution to this project. Great work! Thanks for sharing.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      June 16, 2017 / 2:16 PM

      Thank you, Joanne! Necessity is the mother of invention.;)

  5. Sue M.
    June 10, 2017 / 7:11 PM

    It turned out so beautiful…you make things seem possible for me to try and not quite so daunting.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      June 16, 2017 / 2:16 PM

      Oh, Sue, that is music to my ears. I love empowering women to try things with their homes.

  6. Tanya Hulbert
    June 13, 2017 / 8:18 PM

    I would love to use this pretty print on something one day. Such loveliness.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      June 16, 2017 / 2:18 PM

      I’m sure you will, we are kindred spirits.;)

  7. June 14, 2017 / 4:20 AM

    Wow….I love this! I have a love for sewing but have not tried embroidery yet. Something I have always been wanting to try. Thank you for such great instructions. Definitely pinning this:) I am glad I found your site….love your house and decorating style.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      June 16, 2017 / 2:21 PM

      I hope you get a chance to try it, Kathleen, I really think you will love it! And thank you for your kind words!

  8. June 15, 2017 / 9:01 AM

    This is not only brilliant but beautifully done. Pinning.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      June 16, 2017 / 2:22 PM

      Oh thank you, Leanna, what a sweet thing to say! xoxo

  9. June 15, 2017 / 1:05 PM

    Wow Sarah, this looks great! You create these often?

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      June 16, 2017 / 2:23 PM

      Haha, not really, only when I can’t find one to buy.;) But, I’m glad I know how.

  10. June 16, 2017 / 11:01 AM

    You actually stated this exceptionally well!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      June 16, 2017 / 2:23 PM

      Thank you!

  11. June 17, 2017 / 5:59 AM

    You do beautiful work. I use to embroider years ago. You have reminded me how much I enjoyed it.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      June 22, 2017 / 2:11 PM

      Thank you, Debra. I hope you get a chance to embroider again very soon. I think it is so lovely.

  12. June 22, 2017 / 3:59 PM

    Beautiful embroidery work, Sarah!

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