Published on September 25th, 2011 | by Julie Finn4
How-to: Sew a Stuffed Fabric Alphabet from Upcycled, Recycled, or Natural Fabrics
My girls and I have made plenty of smaller moveable alphabets for their homeschool and their play, but when I sewed them a large stuffed alphabet out of a collection of old bottomweight fabrics that I’ve thrifted or collected here and there, they were as thrilled as if they’d never seen real, live letters before.
Sewing an entire alphabet is a lot of work, but I’ve also found that just sewing a few letters here and there, a monogram for a new couple or a child’s name for her birthday present, doesn’t take any more time than it does to make or purchase any other gift, and it makes for a much more personal and well-appreciated gesture.
You can sew this alphabet out of organic cotton fabric and organic plant-based stuffing, or out of absolutely anything that you can pick up from the thrift store and poke a needle through–I’ve sewn letters out of vinyl shower curtains, for goodness sake! Neatly sewing up those letters with holes in them can be very tricky, however, but let me show you how, and you’ll be off and running.
You can freehand your alphabet, or use any font that you can print and cut out from your computer or cut with a die cutter–I’m using my favorite font from one of my Cricut cartridges for this particular project. Fold your fabric in half (I’m using a skirt that I picked up for free from our local Recycling Center) with right sides together, and sketch each letter BACKWARDS and about 1/4″ wider on all sides to accomodate your seam allowance.
Pin each letter in several places through both thicknesses of fabric, then cut out along the lines.