When it comes to personalized DIYs, monograms take the cake鈥 and聽jackets鈥 and jewelry. You get the picture :) Monograms are simple but excellent for repping your name, loud and proud. Today we鈥檙e going to show you聽a way to stitch your initials sans needle and thread. With some basic supplies and beginner聽painting techniques, you can faux cross-stitch a tote bag. Talk about DIY hack to the max.



鈥 tote bag

鈥 acrylic paint


鈥 scrap cardboard

鈥 scissors

鈥 ruler

鈥 masking tape

鈥 pencil

鈥 pen


鈥 graph paper



1. Cut out a 1/2-inch square from the corner of the scrap cardboard. This will serve as a guide to create straight 鈥渪鈥漵 on your tote.

2. Plan out your monogram on the graph paper. Add lines along the side of your letter. This will serve as a guide when you paint it on the tote.

3. Use painter鈥檚 tape to create lines聽along the sides of your tote that mimic the lines alongside your image on the graph paper. Then, mark your starting point with the pencil.

4.聽Paint the first x. Continue to follow the pattern on your graph paper, making x鈥檚 on your tote bag using the cardboard as a guide.


The 1/2-inch square cutout will serve as a painting guide. It is equivalent聽to one square on the graph paper, making it super easy to copy your design onto the bag. Simply slide the cardboard along the tote as you paint each x.


Plan out your monogram on your聽graph paper. You can use聽half-x shapes to create slanted edges. Draw straight lines along the sides of the letter. These will serve as a guide聽when you鈥檙e painting. To mimic these聽lines, tape off 1/2 inch on each side of the bag. This edge will make it super easy聽to follow your pattern. Remember, each square on the graph paper is equivalent to 1/2 inch. Start painting in the left-hand corner. Then move the cardboard along the bag following the pattern (and number of 鈥渪鈥漵) on the graph paper.


Add some gems for a little extra bling!


Don鈥檛 worry if a few of the x shapes are a bit wonky.聽It will be hard to notice, we promise! Just have fun with it and get lost in the 鈥渟titching.鈥

What projects are you going to faux-stitch this summer? Share them with us using the hashtags #britstagram and #iamcreative.

(Styled聽photos by Haruka Sakaguchi of聽The Denizen Co.)