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Aren’t these the CUTEST?! I got the idea for this project one day while on Pinterest and saw someone who’d purchased a set on Etsy (for a pretty penny). Naturally I thought, “I can make those!” 🙂
- A sewing machine (Kiki’s has incredible prices on starter machines!)
- Small, round magnets
- Pinking shears
- An erasable friction pen
- Card Stock (optional)
- Fabric – Total of 1 Yard. Your fabric can be all the same, or a variety. Whatever you want for your letters.
- Cotton Batting – 1 Yard
- ABC Stencils – You can download them from our printables page with your member password!
Step 1: Cut your stencils & fabric pieces
- The first thing you’ll want to do is download your ABC stencils and print them on cardstock.
- Then you’ll want to cut your fabric and cotton batting into 4 1/2 inch squares
- Each letter will require two pieces of fabric and two of batting, which means you’ll need 52 squares of fabric, and 52 squares of batting.
Step 2: Sandwich fabric & pin
- Make a “fabric sandwich” with two squares of fabric and two of batting.
- Lay your sandwich on a flat surface and pin the corners to assure your layers won’t move.
Step 3: Trace your letter
- Using your erasable friction pen, trace you letter onto your fabric sandwhich.
Step 4: Insert your magnet and sew
- It’s important you insert your magnet between the back layer of fabric and back layer of batting. If you put the magnet between the two layers of batting, it won’t “stick” well when you go to hang them on your fridge of magnet board.
- If you have a machine with an auto-lift pressure foot, turn this feature on! It will save you a ton of time. Otherwise, make sure to take your time to life your presser foot and pivot, following the curves of each letter very carefully.
Step 5: Iron away your friction pen
I love this part. LOL. I don’t know why I find it so deeply satisfying, but it was like a little treat for me at the end of each letter. 😀
Step 6: Trim around your letter with pinking shears
You’re almost done! With one letter. 😉
- Trim as close as you can to your seam with the pinking shears being careful not to cut your thread.
- For letters like “O” that have an inner opening, use regular, sharp fabric scissors.
Step 7: REPEAT!
HA! While this is a very simple project, it is incredibly time consuming. So turn on your favorite music and just “check out” for a while. As a new sewer, this project took me about 20-30 minutes a letter (including cutting fabric). But the finished product is oooooh so worth it.
Final Step: Show off your hard work!
I can’t wait to see your finished projects! Make sure to post a photo on Instagram and tag @mrs.parsons so I can applaud you. You can also get some kudos by posting to our Facebook page.
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