Jan 3, 2012

Vintage Sheet Alphabet Letters Tutorial

I made some fabric letters from scrap fabric. I've included a little tutorial and tips for you.

My niece turned 3 on Christmas day. Like all 3 year-olds she is obsessed with little things and with reading. Using Holly's wonderful tutorial I created a letter set using vintage sheet scraps mixed in with some newer fabric scraps that had a lot of purple (my niece's favorite color.) I learned a few lessons along the way so here are my tips if you want to make your own fabric letters using Holly's tutorial:

Use vintage sheet and fabric scraps with less white space.

Use bulk felt instead of quilt batting.

Make a sandwich. Cut the fabric twice as long as the felt and just wrap it around the felt. Outline your cut out letter onto your fabric with a disappearing marker.

Pin sandwich and sew over the outline with contrasting thread.
See how the pink blends in but the teal stands out

Cut out your letters with pinking shears.
Done!
I hope these tips help you create your own letters. For measurements, etc., see Holly's tutorial. But, you can really make them much larger if  you want. Holly also includes a magnet inside her letters. I skipped the magnet and just made soft letters that the niece can manipulate. Hope she likes them.

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12 comments:

Mrs. Mordecai said...

Those are very cute! I bet she'll love them.

nest full of eggs said...

adorable :)

Jille said...

Those are really lovely! As a teacher of four year olds I was wondering if you had you thought of making some lower case letters? We always start with those when teaching reading and letter recognition in school.
Jille x

Heather Grow said...

Jille, I like your lower case idea. I think numbers would be fun too. Thanks for the idea.

erica said...

Oh my goodness! These are adorable...My niece is just turning 5 and would love these so much. Thanks for the tutorial :)

Mom Taxi Julie said...

Oh those are fun! I bet it would be fun to put magnets on the backs too so you could stick them on the fridge :)

Cathy K said...

Oh, those are too cute! I must make some for my granddaughter. Lower case sounds like a good idea, too. (and BTW, is that J backwards???) Hugs, Cat

Tonya said...

I'm making these now...half way through. I'll show you a pic when done.

Heather Grow said...

Cathy K, LOL about the J. Good eye but luckily it's just upside down in the picture. I take my pictures outside and it gets pretty windy here so it's always a race against the wind. So, sometimes I might flip my J. :)

Heather Grow said...

Tonya, can't wait to see your version.

Tonya said...

here's my version...http://tonyassewingroom.blogspot.com/2012/01/abc-plush-cottonfabric-toy-set.html Thanks for the tutorial....

Mymsie said...

Where did you get your fabric scallop pinking shears? I've looked all over for some!