How To Customize your Linens

For those who are channeling their inner Martha Stewarts, customizing your own set of linens may seem like the ultimate expression of your “do it yourself” or DIY attitude. Making your linens a little bit more personal can be both simple and challenging; depending on how meticulous you want to be. The steps below will help you get things done on a first try and then you can be a bit more creative and bank on your newly learned skills to make your linens art exhibit-worthy.


  • Pre-made monogram letters available in local hobby shops
  • Plain or simple-patterned linens
  • Basic sewing kit or fabric glue
  • Iron or steamer (optional)


  • Select your bed linen. Start by selecting a simple bed linen that is not too precious for you, so that in case you make a mistake, you won’t be crying a river. A good rule of thumb is to pick a plain bed spread or select one with a simple pattern that can easily mask mistakes (such as stripes or checkered sheets). Choose linens that are made of cotton since satin sheets will reveal the tiniest mistakes especially if you are going to use a needle and a thread. A good alternative to flat sheets would be pillow cases, which are smaller and easier to handle for a first project.
  • Selecting the area of personalization. Next would be to choose which part of the linen you want to personalize. A common practice is to select the upper edges of your bed sheet so that you can easily see your work of art and it is actually the part of the linen that would make sense embellishing. Lower edges of the sheet are most often tucked-away, anyway.
  • Selecting your embellishment. For a start, you can use pre-made monogram letters that are available in a multitude of styles and finishes. This way, you can actually spell out your name quite easily by just buying the letters that you need. You can also start with having just your initials on your linen. In succeeding projects, you can also select pre-made patches and other embellishments such as beads or other pieces of fabric that can be made into pockets for your sachets of aromatherapy scents.
  • Sew or glue it on. If you can sew, you can now attach your monogram letters to the sheet. Pin your monogram letters to the desired position before you start stitching away. Carefully choose the color of the thread you will be using for the stitching since this can also greatly enhance your work. Make sure that you stitch them securely since you do not want the letters to come out after a single run in the washing machine. For those who prefer to not sew, using a fabric glue would also work. An alternative to monogram letters are iron-on transfer sheets. You just need to set your iron to the highest heat setting, carefully place your design and iron it on your pillow case or flat sheet.
  • Iron it to set. For a more polished look, iron the entire sheet after sewing or gluing your letters. You can also starch your linen before ironing them to give it a professional look.

Play with the hundreds of embellishments that you can buy from hobby shops. You can also do a bit of recycling by getting portions of older linens and patching them to newer ones. Making your own baby linen would also be a good project. You can attach pre-made cartoon character patches to relatively plain pillow cases and comforters and duvet to give it a more personalized feel. Once you get the hang of it, you can also give your customized linens as gifts. By adding seasonal patches such as Christmas-themed appliqués or Halloween-themed fabric, you can spruce up your linens to reflect the current season.


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