Easy-to-Make Monogram Bath Towels

Monogramming is a great way to customize bath towels, but not everyone has access to a fancy embroidery machine. For this DIY project, an extra washcloth and a simple zigzag stitch will do the trick to make these gift-worthy towels.

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Materials Needed:

  • bath or hand towels
  • washcloth, towel or hand towel in contrasting color
  • coordinating all-purpose thread
  • sewing machine with zigzag stitch
  • scissors
  • computer
  • printer and printer paper
  • pins

Cut Out Monogram

Prewash all towels. Select desired size and style of monogram in a word processing computer program. Print letter and place on towel to ensure proportions are visually appealing. Pin letter to washcloth, hand towel or towel selected in a color that contrasts with the towel that will be monogrammed. Use sharp scissors to cut around letter, leaving about 1/4-inch border. Remove pins and paper from letter. Trim and clean edges with scissors, if necessary. Tip: Select a block letter style. A font with lots of curves, details and skinny lines will be hard to cut and sew.

Pin Monogram

Center monogram cut-out on towel about an inch or two above bottom border. Pin letter into place, making sure it's straight and centered.

Sew Monogram

Set sewing machine to straight-stitch setting. Since terrycloth can bunch easily, use a long stitch for this step. Using a thread color that matches monogram, sew around letter perimeter, tacking it into place. Remove pins. If letter accidentally shifted while sewing, use a seam ripper, reposition letter and sew again. Once letter is tacked into place, trim edges, if necessary, to make them sharp. Tip: Terrycloth will unravel and shed a lot. Trimming the edges on this step will give a neater edge and minimize bulk for step 4.

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