DIY Home + Garden sewn stuffed alphabet (9 of 9)

Published on September 25th, 2011 | by Julie Finn

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How-to: Sew a Stuffed Fabric Alphabet from Upcycled, Recycled, or Natural Fabrics

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sewn stuffed lettersMy 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.

trace your letter backwards onto the fabricYou 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.

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About the Author

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.



  • michele

    I like the fact that it is homemade and care when in the making of this and also the organic materials.

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  • Stretts

    thanks so much, have been taxing my tiny mind trying to turn R and D inside out! Am glad now because I found your site.

    • http://www.craftknife.blogspot.com Julie Finn

      There are definitely WAY more math skills involved in sewing than I ever thought there would be when I first picked up the hobby!

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