How To Emboss a Monogram on Velvet

How To Emboss a Monogram on Velvet




I just wanted to interrupt Halloween for a moment to ask if we can still be friends…..if I put a picture of a stocking on my blog…..

….and it’s October?

Under normal circumstances it would never happen.

I mean….seriously…..I’m in the middle of costumes and Betsy Ross hats and candy and treat bags.

The leaves are still falling.

And there are pumpkins on my front porch.


But I was at Wal-Mart the other day buying groceries…..

…..and I came home with a red stocking with white trim.

And I knew….that I knew….that I knew…. it would be amazing with an embossed monogram on it.

I’ve been working on a tutorial for embossing velvet.

I made a runner…..but the stocking……seriously?

Even cuter.

And if I waited until December all the red velvet stockings with furry white tops and the cutest ball trim for only $4.97….would be gone.


So I took a chance.

And I think your mantel will thank me. πŸ™‚


How to Emboss a Monogram on Velvet

(perfect for a velvet stocking in October)


velvet (at the risk of stating the obvious)

chip board letters


hard board to iron on

spray bottle with water


Step 1: Β Lay out the chipboard letters

Decide which monogram you want to use.

There are so many different fonts and styles of chip board letters.

Tape them to a hard board.

You want to use a board instead of an ironing board so you don’t emboss anything but the letters.

Make sure you reverse the letters when you place them on the board…so when they iron they are right side up.


Step 2: Β Place your velvet wrong side up over the letters

Flip the velvet over so the top side is facing the letters.


Step 3: Β Spray velvet with water and iron

Using the spray bottle mist the velvet heavily to ensure the embossing takes.

Iron the velvet.

Do not rub the iron across the letters.

Press the iron…then lift and place on another part of the letters.


And here’s what it looks like when you flip it over.

I’ll show you the stocking on the mantel…..way closer to Christmas.

I promise.

And next week we will return to our regularly scheduled programming. πŸ™‚

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  1. I love this!!! going to monogram everything! LOL! easy too……..I bet this would be great on pillows also…

    Have a great weekend you wonderful you!

  2. Oh the possibilities! This is genius! You are so full of wonderful ideas. Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Now that is just too cool. And, you are just too smart. Love, love, love.

  4. Great idea but did you seriously get that at Wal-Mart ? I never find anything that cute at my Wal-Mart. I live the ball trim. Super cute. Can’t wait to see your Christmas Mantel. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Your reasoning totally makes sense, Karianne! I love this! Need to see if my Walmart has these:)

  6. That is beautiful. And you are so clever! I’m having a why didn’t I think of that moment. Have yourself a merry little Halloween!


  7. That looks so easy, I might even be able to pull it off! Thank you for the tip!

  8. That just might be worth the trip to Walmart! Thanks for sharing! Life to the full! Melissa

  9. Love this! And I am so okay with you posting a stocking. The thing is, today I’m home with one of my kids (she’s sick) and I’ll be working on Christmas projects. This is perfect to put me in the mood. Have a great day!

  10. Oh Lordy Im soooooooooo gonna try this its Genious! Thanks so much.. πŸ˜‰

  11. Awesome Karianne…this would work for so many things…can’t wait to try it out!

  12. I remember the rubber stamp ironing of velvet but I never thought of using chipboard letters. I wouldn’t say genius because I reserve that for people like Thomas Edison and the guy who invented Nutella, but brilliant works…especially after seeing those brilliantly blinged out pumpkins.

  13. GENIUS idea! What a lot of possibilities this opens up. Love the idea- xo Diana

  14. Very cool! Thanks for sharing this great how-to!

  15. WOW…who knew it could be that simple…YOU DID!!! Thanks so much for this spectacular idea!!!! You Rock…but you know that! : ) hugs…

  16. Oh Karianne – I’m so over Halloween already I want to obsess over Christmas starting yesterday! I live for Christmas – Bring it on!!!! I just bought the flickering fake candles made out of wax at Costco a week ago with a remote control. how fun is that? They came 6 in a box I need moreI love the power of clicking them on and off as I go to each room haha!

  17. Well, in all honesty, I never decorated for Halloween…don’t even have a pumpkin! So, I suppose interrupting the festivities for a stocking isn’t too big of a deal…and it is so darn cute…I can see why you bought it. But, embossing it…sheer creativity! πŸ˜‰

  18. Karianne, you never cease to amaze us. Brilliant idea and you just made the $4.97 stocking look like $30 or more…lol. Such a great idea and not a ton of time. That was smart to share early so everyone can grab up those stockings before they’re gone!! Have a great day!!

  19. I love it, Karianne! What a great look! You have been busy, busy! And you even thought ahead to Christmas- wowza!!! πŸ™‚

  20. I loved it when Martha S. did this a million years ago….but she used a rubber stamp. YOUR idea of chip board letters is FABULOUS! So many more letters, shapes and sizes and so very much cheaper than rubber stamps! Once again you surpass all the reasons I adore you!

  21. So, so, so, cool! I want new stockings this year…

  22. So THAT’S why we’re not supposed to iron velvet! Unless we want uber-cool stockings at Christmastime! πŸ™‚ I love this! This is a level of crafty that I think I could actually achieve . . . . The frost WAS on the pumpkin this morning, wasn’t it?

  23. Love it , Karianne..Looks great..gonna have to try it..

  24. Love this idea! I even have a witch stocking that I hang at Halloween!! I think these would be cool in black! Love, love love!!~~Angela

  25. I am SO excited about this!!! I definitely want to make a table runner for my family and give the stockings a try too.

  26. Cute! I used to do this years ago using rubber stamps, nice to see the technic making an appearance!

  27. fine with me! i am working on a stocking for our grandson today πŸ™‚

  28. That is really cool KariAnne! What fun πŸ™‚ Maybe I’ll buy some white velvet and make my own stockings – what do you think??
    I love whatever you are doing with that room design I saw on Instagram – I’m so jealous! I want your life!

  29. LOVE this idea! Thanks so much for interrupting our regularly scheduled pumpkins for this stocking tutorial. Pinning!

  30. Looks like I need to make a trip to Wally World!!! Thanks for sharing Kari Anne.


  31. Christina from Dallas :

    Cute but, what are chip board letters? Where do you buy them?

  32. OMG! I have GOT to try this!!! I see a trip to Walmart and Michaels (for the letters) in my future!!!

  33. Sooooooooo cute!

  34. Love how you did the transfer on the stockings…a ba-zillion years ago, I did something similar on a velveteen skirt of mine…I used a rubber stamp flower….never thought to do a monogram….love, love your idea!!!

  35. Your blog post is just what I’ve been looking for!

    Have a couple of questions…

    1. What type of velvet did you use? I am reading that it MUST be 65% acetate and 35% rayon to work. TRUE or NOT?
    2. Where did you find the chip board letters?? I need the whole alphabet for my project, and I am finding them for $3.99 each…kinda high
    3. Did you find that your iron left round circles on the velvet from the steam holes??

    Thanks for your response!!