Wednesday, July 3, 2013

How to Make a Pretty Fabric Letter for Decoration

When I was getting ready to go away to school I found a really pretty floral duvet cover on sale at Urban Outfitters.  The only problem was that the duvet was for a full bed, & my bed at college was a twin; luckily my mom is good at sewing & said that she would hem the duvet into a twin size for me.  When she cut the duvet she saved the extra fabric for me so that I could do something with it.  About half way through my freshmen year one of my friends & I were looking for a craft to do, so we went to Michael's craft store & purchased unfinished wooden letters.  My friend knew that she was going to paint hers, but I couldn't decide what I wanted to do with mine, until I remembered that extra fabric I had & that's when I decided I would cover the letter with it.  

Unfinished Wooden Letter(s)
Mod Podge (Glossy)
Sponge Brush
Ribbon (optional)
3M Command Hook (optional)
Glue Gun

Step 1- Cut up fabric in different sizes, the pieces do not have to be perfect.
Step 2- Begin to mod podge the fabric pieces to the letter; apply mod podge with sponge brush to where you want to place the fabric, put fabric on top of the mod podge, & then apply a smooth coat of mod podge over the fabric with the sponge.  Continue this process until the entire letter is covered with fabric with mod podge over it, fabric should over lap; I did not put fabric on the back of my letter, but if you do you should cover the different sides of the letter in steps so there is a dry side at all times.  Allow mod podge to dry completely.
Step 3- Cut two pieces of ribbon so they will hang at desired length, take into account that there will need to be enough ribbon to glue the bottom sections to the letter, tie a bow, & have some extra.  On the back of the letter use the glue gun to hot glue a bottom section of each ribbon to the letter, allow to dry.  When the glue is dry, tie a bow at the top of the ribbon; leave enough ribbon so the letter can hang at desired length.   
Step 4 (optional)- Put 3M Command Hook on desired surface, follow directions on package.  Hang fabric letter on hook.

My Fabric Letter!

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