In so many ways…
First lesson, when you see a tutorial for something on the internet I strongly recommend printing it out. I’ve started keeping a binder of tutorials I want to do, have done and want to refer to again. It may seem like a waste of paper but you never know. There are so many issues arising with Pinterest (our beloved “clipboard”) it’s becoming hard to know what’s safe to pin (and what may tick someone off). There is also the chance that the blog you saw the tutorial on may not be there when you’re ready for the project. That was the case for me with this Plush Alphabet. When I was ready the site was gone. The images are still out there on Flickr and Pinterest but the instructions/modifications are gone.
From what I remember from that post (now gone), this post was the original inspiration. Thank goodness I read carefully and remembered most of the modifications. I’d like to share them with you here. A mini tutorial…
1. Start by printing out the letters of the alphabet in a font you like that is large enough to fit on a 5″ square of fabric (a charm pack is perfect for this and what I used. It also gives the set of letters some consistency but scraps from your stash will work great too).
2. Trace the letters onto template plastic and cut them out to have for future reference.
3. Lay out the 5″ squares in the order you want with a matching backing fabric. I bought a yard of solid colored cotton fabric from Joann’s. Inexpensive and will serve the purpose.
4. Cut your batting to the same 5″ size. You don’t have to be too exact. I kinda of eye-balled it.
5. Yes, I know I’m organized to a fault but it never fails me. There are my templates waiting and ready.
6. Next trace the letters onto the backing fabric. I used a Generals pencil in black.
7. Because you are tracing on the backing fabric don’t forget to position the letters (when necessary) in the opposite direction. So it will be facing the right way when flipped to the right side. (ask me why I’m telling you this?)
8. I can’t stress this enough…L and J are particularly easy to mix up.
9. See what I mean.
10. Once the letters are traced make the quilt sandwich and place a pin in the center to hold together.
11. Head to the sewing machine. In hind sight I should have used a walking foot but the 1/4″ foot was already on and I just didn’t feel like digging the other one out. And to be honest it didn’t seem to make a tremendous amount of difference.
12. This project was also great in helping me practice sewing curves and turning corners.
13. The stitching is done. Time to cut them out.
As you can see I stitched right over the traced lines.
14. Make a vertical then horizontal cut (with plain scissors) in the center of the letters with “holes”. It makes it easier to use the pinking shears. I averaged about the width of the “teeth” on the shears as the distance away from the stitching line as my cutting line.
You can also add a bit of Fray Block on the edges to keep them from “shedding”.
15. Gift the alphabet to an eager child and watch the learning begin!!!
This project was a bit involved and time-consuming but more than worth it! If you really want make it even more involved (and I plan to) use a light weight interfacing on the fabric pieces for a bit more stability. Not necessary, but it may make the letters last a bit longer. I know these are going to get major use around here.
Kira’s going to love this!!!!! She asks me to spell everything for her. Now she can try to match the letters she sees with her plush letters. The possibilities are endless!!
I’m also making a little storage/tote bag for the letters with the remaining charm pack squares. I got this pack from City Quilter.
I”m so happy to have this done for my girl!!!