Make it Yourself: Felt Alphabet
I recently made my niece a felt alphabet. It will not only be a fun way for her to learn colors and letters, but it will help with basic spelling when she gets a little older. With basic supplies like felt, scissors, sewing thread, and sewing needle, you can be on your way to creating a fun craft that doesn’t take that long to make—just don’t be in a rush to make the whole alphabet in a day. It’s also a portable craft that’s perfect for traveling.
what you will need:
- Card stock
- Sewing needle
- Sewing thread
what you will need to do:
- Type out the alphabet in a computer program like Indesign or Word using a bold font. Make the letters roughly the same size you want your felt letters to be. The wider and larger the font, the easier it will be to stuff the letters as you sew. I found this free font and made it roughly 2.5″ tall.
- To save on ink, you can make the font a light shade of gray or if using Indesign, you can turn the alphabet into an outline. Print the alphabet on card stock and cut out each letter. Then select a variety of felt colors and cut the letters out of felt. You will need two pieces for every letter.
- Use up your scraps of felt for the stuffing by snipping it into tiny little pieces. If that sounds too tedious, you can also use polyfill, but it’s nice to reuse the scraps and it also offers a little more weight to each letter.
- With the sewing needle and thread use a blanket stitch to sew the outsides edges together.
- Depending on the shape of the letter, you may need to stuff it a little as you go.
- When you are finished, tie a knot and poke the needle through the middle of a letter. Then cut the extra thread. Repeat with each letter and be patient when it comes to some of the shapes, but most of all, have fun! You’re creating an amazing craft that will be cherished for years to come.