DIY Soft Alphabet

Monday, August 22, 2016

If you saw on my Instagram this weekend, I posted this photo and told you that I had these cut and ready to make about two years ago. Then I put them in my fabric box, shoved it in the closet and didn't touch them until now.

Truth is I've been sewing like mad the last week or two. I'm not sure what happened...I just got back into it and got motivated. I think creativity comes and goes in waves; it can get overwhelming and I stop because of the many demands I put on myself, and other times it comes full-speed at me and I embrace it all. I'm hoping it continues this way. I'm going to try and keep it as leisurely as I can...although my WIP (work-in-progress) pile is majorly overflowing.

A taste of what I'm working on...

-Seven different "DMB related" pillows that I sold in my DMB Inspired Creations Facebook group (you know I'm a Dave Matthews Band addict, right?!)
-One giant queen sized personal quilt that I machine-binded about four years ago and hated the look of it. Currently ripping the seams out and getting ready to hand-bind it.
-A baby quilt with a hot air balloon design. Still need to quilt it and bind it.
-Another baby quilt with a hot air balloon far I've only pieced it together.
-A twin-size DMB t-shirt quilt for my personal use. So far this is entirely pieced together, but I need to baste it and then quilt and bind it.
-A full-size Pixelated Heart quilt for my best friend as a gift on her wedding day. But don't tell her, please!
There might be more things I'm working on but I can't think of them all. Regardless, I'm happy to get working on these!

So now that I finished making this adorable alphabet set, I wanted to give a little tutorial. This is definitely a beginner sewing project since there's no precise measuring or cutting involved - it's all up to you. You also don't need a sewing machine - you can do it by hand if you want.

What You Need:
-Sewing machine or needle
-Scissors (I use pinking shears for the look of the zig-zag edge and to prevent unraveling of the fabric)


-Cut out all of your letters in big, block shapes. Use fun, different fabrics for variety (I used a lot of my old scrap fabric). You can even print big letters on Microsoft Word and trace!

-Pin together with both sides facing right-side out and sew along the edges. If you're using a sewing machine, when you get to the end and need to turn to the next side (making a right angle), keep your needle down, lift the needle bar and turn your fabric. Put the needle bar back down and keep sewing.

-Don't sew all the way around! Keep a decent opening to stuff your letters.

-Grab stuffing and push it into the letter to stuff it as much or as little as you want. Use the eraser-end of a pencil to get it into the hard to reach areas. When you're satisfied, sew the end shut, back-stitching at each end to secure the thread.

-These are a great little soft toy for babies and toddlers to help learn the alphabet. To get even more creative, you could hang on a wall or as a mobile!

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