DIY: Quilted Letter Tutorial

Today I am sharing with you a tutorial I did for a guest post on lollipops blog this past month.  This is an easy tutorial you can do with fabric, newspaper, music sheets, old maps or comics to give a personalized gift for the holidays!

Supplies needed:

Paper mache letter - found at your local craft store in various sizes
Mod Podge Matte
Paint brush
Strips of scrap fabric {or paper, music, newsprint, etc.}
Paper to lay down on your work space

The first step is to cut (or tear if you like frayed edges) your fabric.  The size of the fabric pieces are up to you; I started with strips around 1 1/2 inches x 2 1/4 inches and then sized them down a little if needed.

After cutting your fabric, you are ready to apply the Mod Podge.  Using a paint brush, apply a coat of Mod Podge to the entire back side of the fabric.

Once the fabric has a layer of Mod Podge on the back side, place the strip of fabric on the paper mache letter.  You can make this look as messy or layered as you like. It is up to you how you want to overlap the fabric!

As you work your way around the letter, you will have to create little pleats or make snips in the fabric to cover the curve of the letter.  Letters like M, W, L etc. will be a little easier than letters like O and S, but don't worry, I will show you how to clean it up in the end!

When you are done quilting your letter, turn it over to the back.  You might have a lot of little pleats depending on your letter.  You can use your scissors to trim those pieces.  If you would like to seal and protect your work, use a thin layer of Mod Podge all over the entire surface.  This was the first time I used Mod Podge and I was nervous to do this last step, but it comes out crystal clear!

Ta-da!  You are done with your quilted letter!  You can place it on your bedside table, give as a hostess gift for the upcoming holidays or set it on your bookshelves.

If you want to dress it up a little, add some buttons, a handmade flower or bow to the bottom corner of the letter.

Thank you for reading my tutorial!  Happy Tutorial Tuesday!

13 friendly comments:

Rebecca said...

Great tutorial! I'm stopping by from JessicaNdesigns...but I'm already a follower of your blog!
rebatink at gmail dot com

LittleBlueFeather said...

Thanks Rebecca!

Julie said...

So glad Jessica introduced me to your blog! I'm your latest follower!

Ashlen said...

This is such a cute DIY project- it would be perfect for my baby girl's nursery.
JessicaNDesigns sent me and I love your blog! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

Alli said...

Just came over from jessicaNdesigns! I'm so glad I'm following your blog now. I love it! And thank you for this tutorial, I'm totally making one for my upcoming baby's room!

Amanda said...

This is great! I'm a new follower from Jessica N Designs!

stephanie said...

Oh my gosh! This is the cutest thing ever!! New holiday project! HELLO!

LittleBlueFeather said...

Thank you everyone and hello to my new friends :)

Jennie Louise said...

hi there... new follower. just blog hopping from 'lollipops' blog. LOVE LOVE LOVE these fabric letters... cant wait to get started. ;-)
jennie. x

Jessica said...

This is SO adorable! I can't seem to find cardboard letters like that at any of my stores :( .. just the big wooden ones. I'm a new follower! Found you from JessicNdesigns!

Jennie Louise said...

I had a go -- here's my effort!

Nats Knapsack said...

this is so cute!!! love it! pinning it!

LittleBlueFeather said...

Thank you!