Posted Thursday, March 6th, 2014 by & filed under #fabulouslysocial.

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When I think about the gifts I have received over the years, the ones with personalization are my favorite. They bring me back to the time, place + event the giving took place. For example, for my 30th birthday my sister gave me a tiny silver box with the date + a favorite saying of ours engraved on the top. This gift has brought me much joy as I have glanced at the engraved saying + date. Reminding me that I am {and have been for many years} important to this person.

I feel the same sense of nostalgia over monogrammed gifts. The fact that someone has gone through the trouble of really thinking about me. My name. My monogram. It makes me smile.

Recently, for a good friend’s 40th birthday, I created monogrammed linens, a banner + framed party favors for each guest. A week later, I boxed up the set of 8 monogrammed placemats + napkins that we used at her party and sent them to her as a remembrance. When she opened the box, I knew it would be a *forever gift*.

DIY Monogrammed Linens | Red Stamp

Since I do not own a monogramming machine {and have no interest in purchasing one} I knew I wanted to come up with another way of being able to create the same look on fabric. Then it came to me. As long as the fabric is not too thick, shouldn’t I be able to run it through my own home printer? Of course, it turned out I was not the first DIY-er to think of this. As a matter of fact, there are many products out there to aid in this process. Genius!

The beauty of this project is that you can create anything you can imagine. Not only your own colors + designs, but texture too! I have printed on linen, cotton + burlap. You get the idea.

Here are step-by-step instructions to get you started.

:: What you will need ::
Color Ink Jet Printer
Fabric {cottons + linens work best)
Fray Check
Large labels
Scissors
Iron

:: Optional items ::
Bubble Jet Set + Bubble Jet Rinse {makes your project washable}
Large Format Printer {allows you to print items larger than 8.5” x 11″}

:: Related Templates ::
crown placemat template
crown dinner napkin template
crown cocktail napkin template
banner template

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Step 1 :: Cut your fabric into pieces a little larger than what you are going to be running through your printer.

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DIY Monogrammed Linens | Red Stamp DIY Monogrammed Linens | Red StampStep 2 :: *Pour enough Bubble Jet Set into a 9″ x 13″ pan to cover your fabric. Let sit for 20 minutes. Lay out flat to dry. Do not ring. {I used a large towel to lay all my pieces on.}

DIY Monogrammed Linens | Red Stamp

Step 3 :: Once your fabric is 100% dry, iron it as smooth as possible.

Step 4 :: Attach your fabric to your chosen label. Smooth out to all edges + corners. You do not want any creases. Trim along all edges.

Step 5 :: Run fabric through printer as you would a piece of paper. Once all the way through, let sit for a few minutes.

Step 6 :: Carefully pull fabric away from the label, starting at a corner.

Step 7 :: *Soak in Bubble Jet Rinse for 10 minutes. Lay flat once again on a towel till dry. Iron smooth again.

Step 8 :: Pull stray threads until you have the frayed “edging” you desire. About ½” on a placemat and ¼” on a napkin.

Step 9 :: **Keep fabric from fraying further by drizzling Fray Check along all edges. Let set for 20 minutes.

*OPTIONAL STEP 1 {this will keep fabric from fading in the wash}

**OPTIONAL STEP 2 {if your fabric will not be handled much after printing, for example a banner, you do not need to use Fray Check}

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Once you try it, you will be well on your way to creating + sharing your own *forever gifts*.

DIY Monogrammed Linens | Red Stamp

Happy Printing!

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