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Easy No-Sew Embroidery & Monograms

by | Oct 21, 2008 | Creative Inspiration & Projects, Decorating Inspiration, Details, DIY

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Easy No-Sew Embroidery & Monograms

Because I am not talented in the domestic arts, but I love looking like I am, this project caught my eye. No-sew embroidery from Martha! It just requires cording and glue — I like it! No needles or fancy stitches that might cause injury.

Martha says to use a disappearing ink pen, a marker and graph paper to map out your plan first, but you know, if it did this, I’ll be honest I’d live dangerously and forgo the drawings. Hate me, Martha, but I’m too impatient to plan ahead to get things all perfect. That is where Martha and I part ways (ok, it is not the only place we part ways), I’m not good at the plan ahead part. Although I think a disappearing ink pen might come in handy for that monogram on the shams.

You could use a no-sew embroidery technique like this on everything from bedding (notice the custom looking bed skirt) to curtains to a lampshade!

If you want the full instructions from Martha, click here.

Note: Thanks to everyone enjoying all the Fall porch posts! You have until the end of the month to join up with the Fall porch party if you want to! There are some fabulous looking porches on those links so be sure to take a peek right here! Have fun!

Photo & Idea: Martha Stewart


  1. Jinx

    I’d definitely need the pen! I’m too much of a perfectionist (although I am impatient too!)

    Thanks for the lovely idea.

    Jinxs inspiring blog post..Caramel Apple Pie

  2. Julia

    I agree, i am too impatient :)) and of course the minute I washed my creation it would perhaps turn into someone elses initials :))

    Julias inspiring blog post..Good Morning…

  3. HBee

    Hi! I love your new header and the look of the new website all together! It’s fantastic! And I love the no-sew embroidery idea. Have you tried it yet?

    HBees inspiring blog post..Ouch

  4. Melissa

    No, I haven’t tried it. I just found it last night but I think it is definitely worth a try. I wouldn’t put it on things you are going to wash, just to be safe. Maybe you could dry clean it. Or try it on something like a lampshade or decorative pillow that you don’t put in the wash!

  5. Maven

    I would give anything to be able to sew. It’s something I just never learned how to do. My mom is a beautiful sewer – I wonder what happened to me??

    Mavens inspiring blog post..A Rock, A River, A Tree… Country Weekends, New Beginnings, and Porches on Parade

  6. Fifi Flowers

    That looks GREAT… but how easy is it… hmmm… glue can be awful messy if you’re not an expert or you are not graceful and fluid in your crafty technique… that would be moi! That is why I paint… I can’t burn or disfigure myself… LOL

    Fifi Flowerss inspiring blog post..A Fan of Marie Antoinette…

  7. teresa

    My kind of idea- Just wanted to let you know how fun it was yesterday to tour all the fall porches- so interesting to see all parts of the world- Thanks for inspiring us- you’re great.
    Have a great day-

  8. Beverly

    Okay, this looks like something I may be capable of accomplishing. I can’t do needles, but glue is a definite possibility.

    Beverlys inspiring blog post..Beware – I’m Warning You

  9. Domestic Fashionista

    What a great idea! I have been wanting to monogram things and this is a perfect way! Lol, what would we do without Martha? I am loving the fall porches and seeing the many ideas. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Domestic Fashionistas inspiring blog post..Pumpkin Photo Shoot and Porches on Parade

  10. katy

    How cute is that?! Loving no sew part of it. Hope you’re doing well. Have a happy fall day. Come check out my blog sometime when you get a chance. I do LOVE your website!

    katys inspiring blog post..Grandma

  11. Sue

    Love this easy idea for monograming….I need to get up off the couch and try this…Thanks again for always having such great ideas….Sue.

    Sues inspiring blog post..I HAVE BEEN TAGGED……

  12. JO


    Great idea by Martha… cant wait to see your creative blogroll..



  13. JO

    How weird though your site says a feed can not be found at my website… been the same name since I started it… and its still there



  14. Glitter and Bliss

    Great Martha idea!! I love personalizing anything and everything. Thanks for letting us know about this technique.

  15. Brooke

    I think this would be a great idea to do on some inexpensive pillows, just to give them some style.
    Great idea!

    Brookes inspiring blog post..My Home in the Marina

  16. Penny

    What a great idea! Thanks for sharing that. You had me at “no sew”!

  17. Melissa Lewis - Off The Wall

    What a fabulous and totally attainable idea! I am so psyched to try this one, Melissa! So glad to be back in the land of blogging again:) Loving your vamped up blog!!!

    Melissa Lewis, Off The Wall

    Melissa Lewis – Off The Walls inspiring blog post..Does A Getaway In The Middle of Busyness Make Sense?

  18. Deb

    Your site keeps getting makeovers. Love it!
    Love the monogramming. I think I’m going to spell out a word, using a letter a pillow–maybe RELAX.

  19. thatgirlblogs

    great idea – thanks

  20. The pleasures of homemaking

    I just used some iron on appliques to monogram some napkins. That was really easy! I don’t know about this method – I’d probably try it on something small first. Looks interesting though!


    The pleasures of homemakings inspiring blog post..A Few Quick Projects & This N That

  21. Roxy

    I love this idea. I might have to give it a try. It certainly would be less expensive that having linens monogrammed by a professional! Thanks for sharing:)

    Roxy @ There’s No Place Like Homes inspiring blog post..Martha Stewart Inspired Homes

  22. Lisa

    What a great idea! I love how simple it is. I’ll have to think about what I could try it on.

  23. Emily

    I’m with you Melissa we lived in a cute, little cottage like house. Then we built a big house and now I want to got back to small, something in between would be just right. Funny how that happens huh? Great ideas!


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