I love anything monogrammed or personalised, so when my nephew was born, I immediately got started on adding his initials and name to all manner of presents. One item I made for his nursery was a simple padded fabric letter – a great excuse to use up any fabric, add a little accent colour to a room and get out the hot glue gun again!
Decopatch Cardboard Letter/Number
Wadding / Toy Stuffing
Strong/Fabric Glue / Glue Gun
For the base of this DIY, I used a Decopatch letter – but you can either make your own, use a wooden letter or up-cycle any letter accessory. The Decopatch letter has a depth to it that will allow me to hide all the raw edges of the fabric, but if your letter doesn't have this and is a flat shape, I’ll mention the alternative a little later on.
To start, I selected my fabric and ensured it was ironed flat. I needed to mark three separate pieces of fabric: one piece for the front, one for the back and one for the sides. If you have a distinctive pattern, bear in mind the placement of your letter if you want this centered.
Drawing around my letter on the reverse side of the fabric, I then added a 2cm outline.
I then marked the lines where the fabric would need to fold over the shape and would allow me to hide away the fabric edges and create a seamless finish to the front and back. Folding the fabric, pattern sides facing, I cut around the marked outline, creating a piece for the front and reflection for the back.
I then made small cuts, around 1cm deep where I had marked the folds would be made:
Next, I measured the depth of the letter. The final section of fabric to be applied would be around the edges, hiding all the attachment of the front and back sections. Marking the depth, I then added a 1cm hem to each side so that these could be folded and create a neat, concealed edge.
[If you have a flat letter, you will simply attach all your fabric at the back, which will then be hidden by the next step].
- Use different patterns, colours or shades of fabric to create a unique and colourful letter.
- Create any name, word or phrase - vary the sizes of each letter.
- Use as a fun wrapping embellishment, display in a frame, on the wall or as an accessory on a shelf or windowsill.
- When attaching the edging, use bias binding if you do not want to create your own [a darker shade will add even more depth to your letter.
- For added detail, select bias binding in a contrasting colour and attach this at the same time as the edging fabric. Have a little of the bias binding positioned so that it is showing from under the edging fabric, so when glued in place, it provides a beautiful edging.
- Embellish your letter [such as buttons or embroidery - add this to the fabric before gluing in place]