1.30.2012

.Fabric Letters.

Happy Monday!

The weekend found me ill with a week long cold-turned-double ear infection. 
I did the one thing I knew to distract myself from feeling absolutely pitiful: 
CRAFT!

I used supplies purchased from Hobby Lobby and Joann Fabrics to make these lovely little letters:
Materials needed:

- 8" letters of your choice
- Fabric of your choice (I asked for 10" by 10" squares and received a funny look from the fabric lady..I'm new at buying fabric and was told they were only able to do the width of the fabric, my bad. I was happy to take home long strips because I love having extra!)
- Sharpie/Pen
- Hot Glue Gun
- Glue Sticks
- Sharp Scissors
- Padding (I used some from an old chair I reupholstered years ago that was collecting dust at Adam's studio.)
I planned on doing a step by step picture tutorial for you but I have to admit something..

This project was not fast and not easy.

I am in love with the outcome but will refrain from creating this craft again. Maybe it was because I am sick and expecting my 'you know what'--so my patience was and still is nonexistent. This craft was not a difficult one, just a bit annoying and time consuming.

I do love love love my little letters though:
 Making Your Fabric Letters:

1. Trace your letters onto padding.
2. Cut your padding about an inch around your traced line so you have enough to wrap onto sides.
3. Hot glue the padding to the letters and pull tight to wrap around sides. 
Hint: Hot glue the face of your letter first. Then cut the padding at each corner of the letter creating slits, this will make it easier to wrap sides.
4. Repeat steps 1-3 using your fabric instead of padding.
Hint: Be sure to line your fabric up on the letter's face so it is exactly how you want it and glue that first. 
5. Using a different fabric, cut it into strips to use for side covering.
Hint: To ensure straight creases instead of frayed edges, put a thin line of hot glue on the inside of your cut out fabric strip. Fold your fabric on the glue line. This will be the nice, smooth edge you see on the side of your letters.
6. Glue your strips on the sides of your letters and wrap extra fabric tightly to the backside of your letter.
 Depending on your letters, this craft may be easy and fast (if you chose the letter "T") or it can be rather frustrating like my "A" and "K" were and take a bit of time and determination on your part. The outcome in my opinion is worth it because I am in love, imperfections and all!
 Since I came home with extra fabric, I decided to add a little decor to our sofa table:
Little touches..still have a long way to go in the decorating department!
Even though this craft was not the best to create, I'd love for you to try it. My final fabric letters are darling and make me smile. Thanks for reading and stopping by

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62 comments:

  1. These are super cute Katie! And I'm still in love with your living room. How're those migraines treating you?

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  2. I love the framed fabric - that's about MY speed of crafting!! ;-D Hope you feel better soon!

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  3. The fabric you chose is beyond cute! And this is the 2nd post I've seen today with cute fabric letters that people have said were hard to make. I think that means I'll just admire yours from afar. :)

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  4. Very cute! If you'd like to guest post this on my blog, I'd be more than happy to have you over sometime :)
    mrsvolnoff.blogspot.com

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  5. Love the fabric letters and they fit in so perfectly with the rest of your decor in your room:)THanks for sharing these with us!

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  6. I love these! they look great!!!
    can't wait to make some for myself :)

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  7. These are adorable and even though you scared me, I think I'm going to try it :)

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  8. These are super pretty, Kate! Know the small amount of patience I have, I think I'll just admire yours and skip making my own. ;) However, you've got me thinking that perhaps I could do something similar by crocheting around the letters instead! Perhaps one day I'll give it a try. :) Hope you're feeling better, sis! Love ya!

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  9. These are so so so cute! Really love the fabric you chose!

    Definitely worth the effort {hopefully} I think :)

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  10. They were worth the effort - they're darling@

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  11. These are so cute. I'm thinking of redoing my EAT letters like this. I love them

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  12. I've made something similar before (except without the additional side fabric).

    1. I agree they are hard & extremely time consuming. Last time I made them, it took me about 8 hours. I made the names "Abbey" & "Emma". It was the 5 time I made fabric names & I haven't made them since. LOL.

    2. Yours are a lot cuter. ;)

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  13. Oh my goodness, ABSOLUTELY adorable! I love them! And I so appreciate you admitting it was not easy or quick . . . I hate seeing a project and being assured it's fast and simple, then spending HOURS trying to recreate it. So, I won't be copying your project, but I love how your letters came out!

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  14. These are absolutely DARLING!!! LOVE!! Hope you can link this up at my turquoise lovin' party!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2012/01/turquoise-lovin-23.html

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  15. That are just gorgeous. Thanks for the honesty. :-) I am a new follower visiting from Funky Polka Dot Giraffe. Vicky from Mess For Less

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  16. Those turned out GREAT. Yes the process did sound a bit time consuming - but the results are so pretty!


    Love for you to share this at JAQS Studio Linky Party:
    http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2012/01/made-by-me-16-linky-party-and-features.html

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  17. Oh, these look painful.........but BEAUTIFUL!!!! It's such a cute idea. Maybe I will tackle these some day when I want to do something that I know will be irritating.

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  18. These are awesome! I might have to try that!!

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  19. I hope you are well now!!!
    Im your new italian fan......

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  20. Beautiful! I like how you added that they are not fast or easy. Hah!

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  21. These are gorgeous! I so wish I knew how to sew good.

    I'd love for you to share: http://tutusandteaparties.blogspot.com/2012/01/pinteresting-party-week-24.html

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  22. Very cute! I love the fabrics you used!

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  23. LOVE these! I am going to have to make these for my daughters nursery!! I found you over at Stuff and Nonsense.
    Drea
    babiesnbargains.blogspot.com

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  24. These are adorable! They would be perfect in a kids room!!

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  25. love it! These would be perfect for a baby shower gift!

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  26. Love these! Your letters are the cuteset! I'd be thrilled if you'd come and share this (and any other links you'd like to show off) at the Head to Head Showdown, going on right now at www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com Hope to see you there! ~Jen

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  27. Those letters look really adorable, good on you for persisting, that's the most rewarding craft I think! Thanks for the tips you shared, I'll definitely consult them if I make some myself {pinned it}.

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  28. I am one of your newest follower :) These letters are so cute! I'm also glad you were honest in how time consuming they were to make. I am thought, making the letters covered with rolled book pages. You are so creative! Thanks for sharing your craft ideas.

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  29. These are fabulous!!! I've pinned them...

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  30. These really may be the most lovely fabric covered letters I have seen. I took a stab at making some for my newborn son's nursery.... just sort of made up the process as I went along. I am proud of the way they look, tho I must say yours are a wee more superior in outcome. If you are interested, here are mine:)...http://www.thequeencitystyle.com/2011/11/babyguest-room-details-accessories-and.html

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    Warmest Regards, Whitley Adkins Hamlin
    www.thequeencitystyle.com

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  31. These are so great! You should give yourself a great big pat on the back for them. Very inspiring! Might be "borrowing" this idea for my girl's room (a project that will start imminently I hope).

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  32. Oh my God these are absolutely fabulous..Cutest job.Time is very important and you use it in such a Fantastic way.Simply I love them sooooo much...

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  33. These are very cute.....however, I think you should make them AGAIN, and include STEP BY STEP photos. C'mon, you can do it!

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  34. I love them! The fabric is so darling!! They look so nice in the room with all the other colors! I would love you to stop by and link up at Friday Frolic, my party:)

    http://www.karismaheartsavannah.blogspot.com/2012/02/friday-frolic-14.html

    Have a great weekend!!

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  35. I saw this on pinterest and instantly fell in love! Your fabric choices are just perfect and the outcome is incredible! I may be borrowing this idea for my friend's baby shower! Thank you for such inspiration and such a pretty tutorial! Hugs my friend!

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  36. These are lovely and your fabric choices are beautiful! Visiting from TT&J.

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  37. Oh, WOW!! Those turned out fanTAStic! Love the fabric you used...great, great job! I'd be thrilled if you'd share these here:

    http://oneartmama.blogspot.com/2012/02/shine-on-fridays-15-and-some-fabulous.html

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  38. These are really cute - your fabric is darling! I love the name of your blog too - I always say "it's the little things..." I am visiting from TT&J and would love it if you'd visit back!

    Amanda
    everycreativeendeavor.com

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  39. I think I would rather Applique the letters to a framed border like you have after you did the letters. I don't think that my patience will tolerate that. I too suffer from migraines and anxiety and don't want to take on more than I can chew.

    I love the idea for my niece & nephew. Some art for their bedrooms.

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  40. your decorating fashion is GREAT!
    i love it.
    thanks so much for sharing your letters and the other pictures as well!
    love them.
    {love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com

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  41. featured you on my shout out sundays! http://www.kimboscrafts.blogspot.com/2012/02/shout-outsbetter-late-than-never.html

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  42. I featured your letters on my blog today! They were one of the top viewed links at Friday Frolic. Thanks so much for linking up! Have a great week!!

    http://www.karismaheartsavannah.blogspot.com/2012/02/friday-frolic-top-5-features.html

    Karen@Pocket Full of Pink

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  43. SO I actually got to this site from Kimbo West at A Girl and a Glue Gun! I at first thought they would make cute pillows for my daughter's bed, but now that I see them on your shelf I think I like that better for her, especially with the matching framed fabric. Totally cute!!

    ~Maggie {mtmoller.blogspot.com}

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  44. I love this project! I featured you on Fun Friday Finds. I hope you will stop by and check it out and grab a Featured button while you are there.
    www.itsybitsypaperblog.com

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  45. These are so cute!! B-t-dubs, I looooove your sofa!
    2027

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  46. Pues aunque te costara hacerlo, he de decirte que te han quedado preciosas
    For though they had a lot of work, I have been really beautiful (translator)
    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!

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  47. Love so much. Thanks for sharing :)

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  48. i made fabricletters a few weeks ago...and yes...it is tricky, but also a lot of fun :-)

    anja

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  49. These letters are so cute! I pinned your tute on my baby crafts and gifts board so more people would find your blog.

    If you would rather I didn't, just contact me via the addy posted on the footer of my website and I'll take it right down.

    Jan
    Unique Baby Nursery Ideas

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  50. These are soooooooooo cute.... I just shared them on my facebook page!

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  51. I am following you.They are wonderfull.Thanks.

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  52. I was hesitant to click on this project because I don't sew. How happy I was to find out there was no sewing involved!!! Thank you!

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  53. I LOVE this! I'm def. adding this to my "create" list ASAP. I also loved how you used them with those simple framed images. You've got the touch! :)
    Melissa
    www.favecrafts.com

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  54. Love it, so so cute !!! Thank you for sharing this with us (oh and I looove your living room)
    Aliette Rachel

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  55. These are adorable!! And you are doing great in the decorating department!!
    Metal Roofing

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  56. I LOVE these letters! And the fabric framed art adds a nice touch to the space! :)

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  57. Fantastic job. I love these and plan on doing some for my daughter. I was wondering what kind of letters you used to cover? You could use fabric glue on the side strips when you are folding back the edge so it won't fray - and it might be easier on the fingers :)

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