DIY: Monogrammed Sweater (Plus 5 More Monogram Ideas)

DIY monogrammed sweater

Way back when I was first thinking of starting a blog I wanted to call it “Living the Goop Life.” Because I was more than a little obsessed with Gwyneth Paltrow at the time and my plan was to show how to do Gwyneth-y things on a real mom’s budget. (Sidenote: Have you seen the blog called What Would Gwyneth Do? Best blog name ever.) After abandoning my Goop name, I chose Henry Happened, which is probably the worst blog name ever. Oh well. :)

I still read GP’s weekly Goop newsletter but I find there’s less and less I can relate to – and certainly afford. This Chinti & Parker striped sweater caught my eye, but $485? Are you out of your mind?

What I liked best were the little initials, which in their version are on the back. Um, who puts their initials on their back? So I added my initials to one of my favorite striped sweaters on the inside of my sleeve.

DIY Monogrammed Sweater

DIY monogrammed sweater

What you’ll need:

  • A knit sweater
  • Contrasting color embroidery thread (I happen to love cobalt.)
  • Needle

monogrammed sweater

First decide where you want the initials. If you want it on the inside of the sleeve I’d recommend putting on the sweater and marking exactly where you want them to go. It gets a little confusing figuring out which side of the sleeve faces inward without wearing it.

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Then stitch your initials. You’ll probably need to make the shape and then go back over the letter to fill it in.

DIY monogrammed sweater

My hubby was reluctant to let me try this on one of his sweaters lest I “ruin it” (where is the DIY love?) but now he thinks it’s rather cool. Point made.

Want more monogram ideas? Try wood burning or use polymer clay (oh, how I love clay!). What will you be making this weekend?

5 DIY Monogram Ideas

diy monogram

1.  DIY Monogrammed Bag – Projectville | 2. Gold Monogram Dish – The Vault Files | 3. Polymer clay Logo Tags – Yiskah Knits | 4.  Monogrammed Striped Coasters – For Chic Sake | 5. Initial Tag – Shrimp Salad Circus


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  1. Katy says

    Gathering up my needle & thread to monogram the cardigan I have on right now!
    I’m not a Goop fan anymore either *sigh* I find that i’m plenty happy & healthy without juicing etc :)
    Thx for all those fun ideas!

  2. says

    Gwyneth Paltrow newsletter? Goop? $400+ sweaters?!?! What are all of these things that you speak of???

    I feel like I have a lot to check out now. Oh, and cute monogram by the way! That’s a cute idea! :)

  3. says

    Cute idea!

    I was all into Gwynnie’s newsletter at first too until I was like “Really?! Isn’t that a little excessive?” There’s no better way to alienate your fans than by showing them how impossible it is for them to relate to you and your lifestyle!

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