Despite (coughMassive) evidence to the contrary, I do understand that all my suggestions of embroidery monogramming can get a tad costly. Trust me, I do know this as my regular monogramming bill is a frequent topic of discussion in the Monogram household and has warranted its own column under my weekly budget (Seriuosly? Doesn't he have better things to bug me about than my monogramming?). So just to let you know, bearing the budget in mind and also many of you who email me telling me your monogramming tales and tribulations, I decided to spruce up some new kitchen dishtowels minus the embroidery, but very much plus the monogram.
-flat cotton dishtowels of your choice (I chose white w/ a hint of green)
-stamp (or stamps) of your choice
-permanent inkpad that can be used for fabric
-small cotton (or muslin) remnant
1) Iron your dishtowels
2) Decide on how and where you want to put your monogram on the dishtowels
3) Put ink on your stamp, and stamp your dishtowel
4) Because you are stamping fabric, you want to push down really hard, but be careful not to actually move it around
5) wait a few minutes for the ink to dry, then take your square piece of cotton or muslin, place it over the stamped monogram you just made, and iron it (ironing it will set the ink)
Now, don’t fret if you don’t have any stamps laying around. I found this cute little “M” emblem looking stamp at Michael’s and it’s so great. I can really see myself using this for lots of different little things. It’s very, very small and looks like a coin w/ an “M” in the center so it’s right up my alley (click the picture to enlarge). I bought it separately, but you can go buy other small stamps like this either alone or in sets that come in all sorts of styles and types. They’ve even got some stamps that resemble old typewriter keys and those would look pretty fab as well.
Don’t want to get your fanny out of the chair to go to your local craft store? Then make sure you check out Paper Source’s rubber stamp selection (you know how I love this store for everything so don’t feel like you have to stop yourself at the stamps!), Addicted to Rubber Stamps (which I’m not, but whatever. And oh, btw, here’s a coupon), The Stampin’ Place, and Art Stamp Direct.