Fabric Letters How To

There is something about personalized items that just pulls you in. If strolling along in a store I see a cute little item with initials on them I simply feel compelled to go examine the S option. When I was a wee lass I always had to search out my name in every corny shop that sold light up keychains or mini license plates, didn’t you? Even as a grown up I still adore the fabric covered alphabet letters that have popped up everywhere, and stayed! But I have never bit the bullet and bought one because I’ve always thought “I can make that.” So here we go, a step by step tutorial on how I made eclectic fabric letters inspired by The Company Store and Anthropologie of course.

1) Purchase your basic letter. I choose the 8″ paper mache style from Joann Fabrics because it is rather blocky and more conducive to wrapping fabric around than a flat wooden one. They go for $3 each. I bought two, one for me and one for boyfriend.

2) Choose three fun fabrics. While at the store I picked a few quarter flats for $2 to mix in with some scraps I had at home.

3) Cut out your first fabric by loosely tracing around the letter leaving about 3/4″ to spare. Do NOT cut out the tiny centers or gaps yet, wait until you have added fluff and tacked things down around it to ensure the fluff is secure and the hole is in the right place.

4) Tack down one side by using hot glue on the side of the letter, not the face. 5) Begin filling with fluff and tack down. This is the trickiest part. Depending on your letter there are going to be complicated areas that need to be addressed first. In this case, I realized that I needed to tack down the fabric  and fluff around the gap first to avoid too loose or too tight fabric later.

6) Continue stuffing and gluing, going from one side gradually over to the other to avoid unevenness.

*Tip: When going around corners or curves, cut the excess edge into wide fringe so that it can overlap and fold smoothly over complex areas. I used that technique to deal with the tight gap in the middle, first cutting into it, making the fringe and gluing to the inner sides.

7) Repeat on opposite face. Remember that some letters are not reversible, unlike this “A”. So when working with those letters (such as my “S”) be conscientious of what fabric you want on the front.

8) Measure side width and cut long a long strip of thick paper. I used watercolor paper but card stock or the like works too. This is going to wrapped in your side fabric and glued around the sides to cover the messy bits of the front and back. It is ok if you do not have paper long enough to go around the letter in one piece (I didn’t), but try to end the strips on a corner so that the “seam” isn’t as noticeable.

9) Cut and glue fabric around strip, by lightly spreading tacky glue not hot glue.

10) Wrap covered strips around letter, scoring at corners and figuring out the best places for “seams”.

11) Then glue on strips!

*Tip: Don’t forget the insides! But making the covered strips for tiny inner walls is tricky. I measured and cut my paper a couple times before wrapping with fabric to make a great fit.


12) Voilà! Its beautiful!

It was a touch and go process, and let me tell you, that curvy “S” was a pain, but in the end I am really happy with my letters!







  1. www.creativejewishmom.com says

    these are great! I’d love it if you’d drop by my international linky party Craft Schooling Sunday @www.creativejewishmom.com and share these! hope to see you there!

  2. says

    found this on pinterest–ive been wanting to make new letter art for our living room and this is really just perfect. i will be shopping tomorrow :) thank you for the fabulous tutorial–when I get around to making this/posting this i will include this link! they came out super cute, im excited!

  3. Kristen J says

    These are fantastic! Thank you for the tutorial. I’m a little scared since “K” seems like it might be complicated, but I’m going to try. :)

  4. Jjperezdiaz says

    congratulations!!!!…I thik it’s a good idea for my childran.
    I will made it for bedroom’s Biel !!!!

  5. PhotoCrusader says

    Instead of using fluffy stuffing, how about using batting? The batting can be cut to the size of the letter, and then glued to the letter. It will provide the padding and be easier. Also, how about making the edge piece by cutting a piece of poster board to the right width and length. Then fold the fabric around it but glue the fabric to itself leaving an opening at the bottom. Once it is dry, you can pull the piece of poster board out. Then wrap the edge and glue it down. What do you think?

  6. JennM says

    Working on my daughter’s name for her wall and I cut out the letters from large cereal boxes and then put batting on them. I was stuck on how to go around curves and but I think you idea about the fringe is awesome and will try it out tonight! Thanks for the help!!

  7. Julia says

    The pictures are not available more on your page :( I just can see text! Maybe a problem with the server? Ho I really would love to see this DIY!! Thanks!

  8. Tor h says

    I’m trying to make my daughters name ‘poppy’ and I’m really struggling with the p’s! as I can’t get a neat look on the inside hole do you have any more tips as you had this to contend with this on the A – thank you

    • says

      First of all that is the cutest name ever! But back to business; If the inner hole on the “P” is sort of a capital D shape then I would recommend making a fabric covered strip for the straight side and another one for the curve. You can even measure the lengths needed before hand.That way you won’t need to make folds and fit into corners with one big clunky strip. Does that help? Good luck!


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