Monday, September 9, 2013

The ABC's in Fabric Tutorial


The ABC's in Fabric Tutorial


Let me first say, "A-Dor-A-Ble"!
I was in search of a unique gift for a 1 year old little girl and I came across this excellent idea thanks to Pinterest.

Have I mentioned how much I LOVE Pinterest?
 Oh,....I Have?

Back to the Project:

I found the templates here, but you can use any large font as a template.


I printed out the letters according to her blog instructions.
Then I went through my fabric scraps and chose one for each letter.  I tried to coordinate the letters so if you laid them side by side you wouldn't have any colors clashing. 

You know, because 1 year olds pay attention to details!




I restacked everything in order as pictured above and got out my batting.  NOTE: You can probably use felt, fleece or even terry cloth. It just adds a thickness so whatever you have on hand.



I laid the fabric on the batting and cut around my fabric square.



Now you have nice, cushy squares!

For the backing, I used another cotton fabric, but you can use whatever you would prefer. I think a chenille would be cute or even a Minky...

I just laid the fabric and batting on top of the backing and cut squares again....sick of cutting squares yet??
GOOD! Because you're done!

Now, cut out all the letters so you can pin them onto the 3 layers of fabric.  Make sure if using a directional fabric it's facing the correct way....being a little transparent in the above statement.



After all letters are pinned you are ready to sew.
This is where I deviated from the Blog post I was following...
It would take too much time to use chalk to trace all letters onto the fabric and then sew...I'm a little impatient (again transparent).

I just sewed around the letters! Ingenious right?! 
It was sew much faster!

After you complete all the sewing you will need to cut out the letters. Leave enough room around the edges so there will be fraying and ragging!


This is what they look like with clean edges (Above).

Now, throw them all in the wash....alone. If you add it to other clothing they will be COVERED in threads and lint...


Clean up the loose threads and you are FINISHED!
The letters measure about 5 inches high and are perfect for little hands!



I decided they needed their own bag so....

I just grabbed some fabric and sewed up the sides.  Folded over the top to make a tube and ran some ribbon through.

Now, it's a complete package!




Ask me any questions and I love suggestions too!

This made a great, unique birthday gift that sweet Girl will have for years of fun!

Such Fun!!
Lynn

As seen on: Craft-O-Maniac.com

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