Typography is super hip right now, so of course I wanted Darrol to have one of those cute graphic wall letters for his nursery. I’d been looking at those cardboard letter that you can buy and paint or decoupage but decided that I’d rather create something from scratch using what’s in my stash instead. This plush letter fit the bill perfectly!
Obviously, not everyone is going to make a letter D, so I didn’t create a template this time around. A D is trickier than, say, a letter L. If your letter has a hole in the middle, you’ll need to finagle like I did, so you can flip it right side out. For letters without a hole, this is even quicker and simpler!
DIY Plush Letters
- 1 sheet of recycled felt
- pen or Sharpie
- 1 piece of scrap fabric – I used some of the Harmony Art organic cotton yardage from my stash
- lots of tiny fabric and thread scraps or polyfill
- sewing machine, iron, thread, scissors
- embroidery thread and needle
- hammer and nail
1. Draw your letter onto your felt, and cut it out. Cut the same shape out of your fabric. Iron everything, and pin your felt and your fabric wrong sides together.
2. This is where you need to do a little critical thinking. To sew my letter D so I could also flip it right side out, I sewed all the way around the outer portion but left the center totally unsewn. Play with your letter to make sure you don’t have to rip out seams to get it to flip.
3. Flip your letter right side out, and press. If you have an unsewn center part like mine you’ll now need to fold those unfinished edges under, press them, and top stitch around them. Make sure you leave a 2-3″ opening, so you can stuff your letter!
4. Time to stuff! Use your scraps or your polyfill to stuff your letter. You want this to be pretty firm, so really cram that stuffing in there.
5. Use a whip stitch or ladder stitch to close the opening you left. Here’s a great video showing how to do a ladder stitch:
6. Create your hanging apparatus with your embroidery thread. Sew one stitch with your thread, and tie a knot then leave a big loop of thread and sew another stitch opposite the first one, like this:
Now you just need to hammer a nail into the wall, and you’re ready to hang!