Fabric Alphabet - Handmade in the Heartland

Fabric Alphabet



Hi friends!  I am super excited to show you what i have been working on all week.  I just finished this adorable fabric alphabet, and i'd love to share with you how i did it so you can make a set for your munchkins. I was inspired by THIS pin on pinterest, which doesn't go to a site or tutorial when you click on it, just a fun picture. So i decided i could figure it out on my own with the photo as inspiration. I did it using my silhouette Cameo, however i'm sure you could use good old stencils and cut them out yourself if you so wished.  

The first step was to gather the fabric.  I wanted my letters to be big so i cut pieces of fabric to 8"x10".  This project was super inexpensive for me because i'm a fabric hoarder, and literally all of the fabric came from my scrap tub. Yes i have enough fabric in my "scrap" bin to make 26 double sided 8x10" letters. i have a problem.  I didn't worry about them matching, i think they turned out cute together, but it wasn't like all the fabric was from one collection or anything. 

Step Two was to cut out the heat bond. I used 2 rolls of permanent heat bond which i bought at walmart, that is the only thing i actually purchased.  After i cut out my heat bond squares i ironed them on to my fabric squares and then i loaded them one by one into the cameo to cut.  (Did i mention this is not a fast project)  I used Arial Black font because i wanted the letters to be thick so they would be substantial enough to be played with by little hands, and be recognizable by my 2 year old who knows his letters, but might be confused by a pretty font. I cut each letter twice- once the normal way and the second a mirrored version of it for the back.

 After all the letters were cut out i then ironed them onto batting and cut them out.  The picture below is when they were all ironed on to a piece of batting.  Once i cut them out of the batting i pinned each letter to its corresponding mirrored letter, if that makes sense.  So i pinned the front F and the back F together so they were one letter and then sewed around the edges.  I realized that this project would have been much easier to just use one piece of batting and then iron both sides of the letter onto either side, that way you wouldn't be sewing anything together.  However the batting i had wasn't super thick so i opted to use two layers of it.  I sewed at a 1/4" seam allowance and then took pinking shears to the edges afterward.


I just love how they turned out!  Max has already enjoyed playing with them, and June thinks they are great teething toys. :)




Just so you can see the actual size i put a marker next to the A.

And now their "home" is in this cute chicken wire basket. I love a finished project, don't you?! 

24 comments

McAtee Family said...

They turned out amazing!

Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon said...

Coolest project I have seen in a long time... love it! Thanks for sharing with us this week at Monday Funday!

Take care,

Trish

Our Pinteresting Family said...

What a cool project! I love all the colors. :)

Maartje Quilt said...

How creative! I love this project and will start to make them for my granddaughters!

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Sarah said...

What a great gift idea and a great use of scraps. Thanks for sharing!

Susan D said...

This is so cool! I love the touch that you cut the edges with the pinking shears.

Leslie Lambert said...

I absolutely love this project...this would be great for my daughter! This would be perfect to link up to my Create It Thursday post…it's live now!

Navy Wifey Peters said...

Nice letters! You used some really cute fabrics. I really like the fabrics you used on the J,Q, & W

Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party

Corey W. said...

One of the best I've seen! I love all the different fabrics! Found you through the weekly creative, and am your newest follower!
Corey from www.tinysidekick.com

Sande Sivani said...

The gang at My Personal Accent thinks your post about the Fabric Alphabet is fantastic and we would like to invite you to party with us at starting at 5:00 Thursday nights at our new Blog Strut Peacock Style Link Party to share your creative ideas. Come on over!! http://wp.me/p2Vf55-XA

Lisa said...

Super fun! Love it!

Marni @ Haberdashery Fun said...

Love this. Also really like the fabric your chose. Saw you over at Uncommon Designs. Great Idea!

Cheryl @ Sew Can Do said...

Very cute and love the prints you chose. They really look fantastic. Would love to feature this if you had a link to or the Craftastic party button somewhere on your blog. Thanks for linking to the Craftastic Monday party at Sew Can Do!

Chaney @ May Richer Fuller Be said...

This turned out so cute! Love all the fabrics!

Lindsey said...

Love Love Love these!! And I love the "pin it" button. So easy to add to pinterest! Added to my creative folder!

Susan @ Oh My! Creative said...

Love you Fabric Letters and featured it tonight on my blog! How fun for little ones...pinning! http://bit.ly/13icVQK

Thanks for linking to Whimsy Wednesday!
Susan

Miranda @ Someday Crafts said...

These letters are so cute and fun! This was the most viewed link at last week's Whatever Goes Wednesday party, so we'll be highlighting it at tomorrow' party. We hope you'll stop by and join the fun again! :)

Leslie Lambert said...

Congratulations…this post was featured on Create It Thursday #13! Thanks so much for linking up such a great idea last week!

Cathy Compeau said...

These are awesome! Terrific job! I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven't already this week. Your favorite posts, most popular, recent or new! The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight. Followed by (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday! http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/.
I would be honored if you join us and follow to stay connected Have a wonderful week!
Hugs, Cathy

Nancy Clark said...

I love this idea! I am trying to figure out how to make a large "WELCOME" in individual letters out of 12 x 12 scrapbook paper. I want to make two layers so I can put a bright solid color behind the zebra print letter. I don't have a cricut, so I am going to have to try to do it all by hand. You have made me think 8 1/2 x 11 might be better. Thanks for sharing.

Pam @Threading My Way said...

I really like your fabric letters!!! I've made some with zig zag around the edges, but I prefer your finish. I'm pinning this one.

Maria said...

How lovely! The letters look absolutely beautiful and are so perfectly done!!! I love the fabrics too!!! Beautiful!!!!

Sandy said...

Found you via the Linky Party at Under the Table and Dreaming. I absolutely LOVE this project - so smart to use your Silhouette to cut them out. May I pin this? Thanks :)

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