Fabric Covered Letter Tutorial!

I saw this idea on Pinterest and pretty much fell in love.  I thought it would be a really great, unique gift for my friend, so I decided to make her one.

A lot of posts I found online had a lot of complaints about how dreadfully long it took, but it only took me about two and a half hours.  However, I’m very much planning on making about a thousand of these awesome letters, so I’m sure they won’t take me as long as the first one.  Anyway, let’s get started!

What You’ll Need:
1 paper mache letter
hot glue gun and glue sticks
quilt batting or whatever kind of stuffing you want
two kinds of fabric (fat quarters would work)
several 1″ strips of cardstock for lining

First, gather your materials. I got a paper mache letter from Hobby Lobby for around $2.50, but you can also get them at Joann’s or probably Michael’s. I got the fabric from Walmart. One I got on sale by the yard, and the other is a fat quarter.

DIY Fabric Covered Letter

Place your letter on the wrong side of your fabric and trace it, giving yourself about 1/2″ allowance for the glue. Flip over your letter and repeat. Cut out your fabric and put it aside.

I taped the cardstock together to make it long enough to go around the entire edge of the letter, which made the final product look very clean, so do this with your strips. Once you have your strips taped together, cut 1 1/2″ strips of your second fabric the entire length of the cardstock strips. In case this makes little to no sense, I made the following diagram:

DIY Fabric Covered Letter

Now that you’ve got everything ready, start gluing the fabric to your letter and begin stuffing. I did a pretty subtle job stuffing because I didn’t want to run out of batting. Glue the fabric down as you stuff, and work slowly – I got ahead of myself a few too many times and had to work back to fix it, which wasted a lot of time.

DIY Fabric Covered Letter

Do the exact same thing to the other side of your letter, working slowly with your stuffing.

DIY Fabric Covered Letter

Now that you’ve finished with your stuffing, it’s time to begin the lining. I kept using hot glue, but other posts online said to use tacky glue or something of the sort. However, I’m too impatient and hard-headed for that.  Glue the lining fabric to one end of your cardstock strips, then work your way down. You can either work one side at a time, or you can go both at the same time. Make sure the fabric on the liner is fitted snugly but not too tight.

DIY Fabric Covered Letter

Next, snugly glue your lining strip to the letter; be generous with your glue – you don’t want it to be flimsy or anything. MAKE SURE to keep the beginning part of your strip unglued until you wrap the entire liner around your letter. When you are finished, you will want to tuck the end of the liner under the beginning of it to keep it clean looking:

DIY Fabric Covered Letter

And voila! You have completed your fabric letter! This was a really fun project that I fully expect to do again and again in the future! If you make any, let me know in the comments!

DIY Fabric Covered Letter
DIY Fabric Covered Letter

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