I love fabric. If I were being honest, that "love" might teeter on the edge of having a sick obsession. Tomatoes, tomahtoes. Anyway, my friend Laurali's little guy was turning one and I wanted to make him a fun gift. I found my inspiration on pinterest, of course. They were adorable fabric letters - love. For this project you need an assortment of fabric, batting, letters to trace, a fabric pen and a sewing machine.
The first (and most fun) step in creating these bad boys is to get all of your fabric together and decide what order you want it in. I did mine in rainbow order with some brown at the end. Theoretically you'll need 26 different fabrics. The little boy I was making these for has some double/triple letters in his name, so I ended up needing 29 fabrics.
The next step is to cut your fabric and batting into squares/rectangles that will fit the letters. To make my letter templates, I just did a word document with a font and size I liked, printed them on cardstock and cut them out.
This picture is probably not the best to use for this step, but it was the only one I took. On the right side of one piece of fabric, trace the letter backward using a disappearing ink fabric pen. (I realized after tracing this one that my "J" is most definitely NOT backward...) Then you're going to make a little sandwich of fabric (right side touching the table), batting, batting, fabric facing up.
Next, you're going to pin it together and sew along the lines. If the letter has a middle piece that needs to be sewn (A, B, Q, etc.) I found it was easiest to start with that part and then do the outside. After you've sewn on the lines, use your fabric scissors and cut about 1/4 inch away from your sewn lines. And that's it! You could probably use an X-acto knife and cut out the centers of the letters that need it, but you don't have to. I didn't.
Here's my completed pile of letters!
And here's the birthday boy's name in his new letters
I also made a little drawstring bag for the letters that I'll post soon. :)