This project is cheap, diy, as well as vintage and personal, it doesn't get much better than that!
- A vintage bedsheet (thin and worn is good)
- Linoleum block for carving (sold at art stores)
- Carving tool
- Screen-printing or fabric ink
- Palette knife (or a butter knife or spoon will work)
- Lino-block printing roller
- Piece of glass, plexiglass, or a cereal box for rolling ink
When picking out a sheet, keep in mind that if the pattern is too busy, the monogram will be hard to see. And choose your fabric ink color to work best with the sheet (so if the sheet is mostly dark, use an opaque white or pastel ink color).
Next will be the printing, which means you can set aside the fabric and get carving! I won't get into a full-on lino-carving tutorial here because there are plenty of those around the Web (like howtolinoprint.com, lino-print-tutorial.blogspot.com, and my favorite, Jezze's printing fabric part 1, part 2, and part 3). Start by figuring out your design and getting it onto the block, reversed (like the mirror image). There are many ways to do this—you can design it on the computer, flip it, print it out, cover the back side of the image with pencil, then trace it onto the lino block. Or print it out not-reversed, trace over it hard with pencil, turn it upside down on the block, and trace the back of it.
First, cut around all the edges, then cut the space between.