Rules for Monograming


Monograming is back in fashion.

As embroiders we are able to embrace this trend easily by monograming everything from bags to handkerchiefs.

Most of your embroidery machines will have a monogram feature, allowing you to quickly create wonderful monograms.

You can also take it a step further and use digitising software to create more modern and elegant monograms, giving you plenty of opportunity to find a monogram that will suit everyone.

There are a few simple rules of monogramming that you should follow.

Simple Monogram for a woman

A monogrammed gift for a woman should include her first, middle and last initial or if she is married, her first, maiden name, and married name initials. Traditionally, a woman’s monogram is presented in first, last, middle initial order. So for Leanne Ruth Hill her monogram could be as follows:


Tradition dictates that a woman’s maiden initials are always appropriate to use, even after she is married. However, it is more common to use a woman’s first, maiden, and married surname initials once she is wed. For instance, if Leanne married Brennan McLean, her new monogram would be


Simple Monograms for Men

For men’s gifts, it is very important to consider the shape of the item to be monogrammed when choosing the order of the initials. When monogramming an item for a man, many people prefer to use the initials in the first, middle and last order. This letter format is often found on personal items such as briefcases, luggage, shirt pockets and cuffs. For these kind of items, Cameron Graham Hall would be


It is also correct to put a gentleman’s surname initial in the middle. You might use that style on items such as cufflinks, key rings, and glassware. For Cameron that would be either of the below options



For a married couple

The monogram will contain the bride’s first initial, the surname of the couple, and the groom’s first initial, in that order. For instance Julie & Edward Hall would be


Be Careful

Some initials are not made for monograms. Always test out the letters and make sure they are not going to spell something you would not want monogrammed before you begin.


This year I am monogramming handkerchiefs for my family. I have just begun stocking a range of mens and women’s handkerchiefs at an amazing price, meaning you can give a personalised gift for the ones you love, without breaking the budget.

I hope you have enjoyed these tips, and i am always happy to help if you have any questions regarding monogramming.

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day.  Julie.

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