How to Monogram Bath Towels

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A monogram is an identifying mark made up of one to three initials. Some bath towels may feature a single large letter monogram, while others show two or three letters in various sizes. In determining how to monogram bath towels, first decide which type of monogram you want; then choose the method to create it.

Step 1: Pick a Style

  • Single letter monograms should be 4 to 5 inches tall. Standard placement for bath towels is 4 inches from the edge of the end of the towel. If the towel is banded with a dobby, place the monogram 1/2 inches above it. 
  • In a two-letter monogram, both letters should be the same size.  They can be positioned side-by-side, one slightly raised or diagonal.  A two-letter monogram is often used for people who do not share the same last name.
  • Three-letter monograms offer the most design variety, in styles such as interlocking, circle, staggered -- diagonal -- and diamond. In these types of monograms, the last -- the surname -- initial is placed in the center and is larger than the other two. The first initial goes on the left, with the middle initial on the right. Another variation is the panel monogram, in which the first and middle initials are stacked to the left of the larger last initial.

Step 2: Pick a Method

  • Machine embroidery is the easiest way to monogram a bath towel. It provides tight locking stitches that will hold the design in place for a long time.

  • Hand embroidery is possible, but it's time consuming and generally provides a less professional appearance. It does, however, impart a handmade appearance that makes a hand-embroidered monogrammed towel a valued gift for weddings and house-warming events.

Tip

  • Whether embroidering by hand or machine, use a layer of tear-away stabilizer on the back of the towel and a piece of water-soluble stabilizer on the front of it. The stabilizer flattens the towel fibers so the design will not get lost among the terry-cloth loops.

  • Appliqueing a monogram, especially a single letter, is a good option for those who have a sewing machine but do not have an embroidery machine. Applique can also be done by hand. Select a fabric that can withstand ironing; follow the manufacturer's instructions and apply fusible webbing to the back of the selected fabric. Use a stencil or template and a fabric-marking pen to trace your initial onto the fabric. Cut it out, remove the paper backing, and iron the fabric cutout into place on the towel. Stitch around the edges of the applique by hand or machine to secure it. If working by hand, use a zigzag or blanket stitch around the applique's edges. If using a sewing machine, opt for the zigzag -- called the applique stitch on some machines -- or the satin stitch.

No matter which style or method you choose, your monogrammed bath towels make a customized addition to your bathroom decor.

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