Friday, October 10, 2014
A fun little gift for a 1-year-old
I looked at the tutorial and decided to make it easier. Here's how I did it. First, I did a search for large alphabet letter templates. I found some great ones on DTLK's Educational Activities for Kids, just the size I was hoping for. They printed out two to a sheet of paper. I printed enough letters so I had not only the ABCs, but also enough extra letters so that every child's name (he has four older siblings) could be spelled out on the floor at once. Somehow I could just envision that happening!
Then I cut out enough fabric squares to have 2 for each letter. I had lots of small colorful scraps in my stash that were just perfect for this. Using dressmaker's carbon paper, I traced letters on half of the squares. Then I cut a same-size cotton batting square for each letter.
I sandwiched them together like this: plain fabric square, right-side down; batting square; fabric square with traced letter, right-side up. I pinned them securely, then carefully machine-stitched around the outline of each letter. Once the letters were all stitched, then I cut out each one with pinking shears, using embroidery scissors as necessary for some of the small cut-out parts of letters.
Voila! A multitude of fabric alphabet letters for a little boy and his older siblings to play with! The letters could be packaged in a zip-top plastic bag, a plastic box, or whatever other storage you might find suitable. Hope someone else can use this idea. My grandkids loved it!