Fabric Letters Tutorial

So, I had this blank wall in my bedroom and could not figure out what to put there. I knew I didn’t want a piece of artwork, and there are more than enough pictures in the house. Plus, I already have a mirror on another wall.

Then I got this fabulous idea when I went shopping to Hobby Lobby (sadly, a weekly occurrence). I found these great plain, white letters, and fortunately, they were half off!

I researched tutorials online, and found a good one, but after doing it, I had to make some changes to this tutorial. The other tutorial said to put Mod Podge on top the fabric after it had been sealed onto the letter.

I tried this on a couple of my letters, but it hardened the fabric and changed some of the color and appearance of it. For the rest of the letters I didn’t apply the Mod Podge on top, and it turned out much better.

If you have scrap fabrics, this is the perfect opportunity to use them. This is what I used on each letter to make them different, and I love that look. However, using the same fabric for each letter would look fantastic, too.

The materials needed are:

Fabric of your choice (yardage depends on what your spelling out)
Wooden letters (Hobby Lobby)
Sharpie (or thick writing utensil)
Mod Podge
Paint Brush

First, I laid out all my letters so I could see what this was going to look like, and also to make sure that I wasn’t misspelling something (the OCD in me coming out).  If our walls were painted darker, I might’ve left the letters blank just because I think these letters are so cool.

Next, lay down the fabric (face side down) and the letter on top of it (also face side down) so that the fabric will go in the right direction on the letter. Trace around the letter onto the fabric.

Once you’ve traced the letter, use sharp scissors to cut the letter out. Be very precise, you don’t want the fabric to not match the letter!

Once it is cut out, apply mod podge onto the letter and then lay the fabric over it. It would be handy to keep a Q-tip or Kleenex next to you, that way you can wipe off any excess mod podge around the edges. After the letter was on, I took fingernail clippers and trimmed the frayed edges of the fabric, just to give it an even look.

I let the letters dry over night, but it really doesn’t need that long, a few hours at most. Just hang them up, and you’re done! This was so easy, and it looks great on the empty space in our bedroom!

Have fun with this project! Make sure you use colorful and vibrant fabrics. Enjoy 🙂