Free Printable: Cute DIY cross-stitch monogram to decorate envelopes

Five card envelopes, each with a different monogram initial cross-stitched on the back flap.

We love the feeling of finding someone that perfect card—one that says exactly what they need to hear or is sure to make them ugly cry (or laugh) when they read it. Something that’s often overlooked, however, is the envelope!  

Putting in a little more effort to decorate it with a personal touch is totally worth it, especially since there’s a good chance they’ll get that “OMG, I feel special!” look in their eyes. And with this cute DIY cross-stitch monogram idea, we’re making it super easy to decorate envelopes yourself. Follow along with our directions below and grab your copy of the free printable!

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Materials needed for cross-stitch monogram envelopes include embroidery floss in your choice of colors, card envelopes, needles of different sizes, washi tape, scissors and our free printable template.

What you’ll need: 

A woman's hands affixing a cross-stitch monogram template for the letter

Step 1: Pick your initial

Cut out your letter of choice (perhaps the first initial of the recipient’s name) and place on the outside flap of the envelope. This will serve as your cross-stitch template.  

Place a piece of washi tape at the top and bottom of the letter to make sure it stays attached while you’re working.

A woman's hands using a small needle to poke indentations in the cross-stitch template for the letter

Step 2: Start marking

Using the smaller needle, poke each darker dot on the template into the envelope to form the letter. Make sure you’re not going all the way through—the goal is to mark it just enough so you can remove the template from the envelope for the next step.

A woman's hands using a larger needle to puncture all the way through the indentations left on the envelope from the cross-stitch monogram template.

Step 3: Poke holes

Once you’ve finished lightly marking the darker dots, remove the template you taped down earlier. Now you can use the larger needle to poke your holes all the way through.  

A woman's hands cross-stitching the letter

Step 4: Stitch away!

When your holes are ready, you can start cross-stitching. For a fuller look, we used three threads. If you don’t know how to cross-stitch, a simple internet search will bring up tons of videos that cover the basics.

Pro tip: Be careful not to pull too tight so the paper stays intact! 

Five card envelopes, each with a different monogram initial cross-stitched on the back flap.

Just LOOK at those gorgeous envelopes! Sweet, simple and perfect for a special touch—we love!