These have become an instant hit in our house! My daughter just hasn’t stopped playing with them (she’s really getting into learning her abc’s and all now).
And, my husband like that these don’t hurt his feet like the wooden alphabet blocks she normally will have scattered all around the house. I have many ideas for rag letters in the future. I am going to make a Merry Christmas banner with them for sure and maybe a Happy Birthday one. Here is the quick how to. Mine aren’t firm at all, but if you wanted more stable ones you could add some interfacing to the layers as well. Also, you could add felt as the backing they could stick to a felted board, etc.
What you need:
-Letters to trace (Pattern Here Available for Download Now)
And lastly, the numbers pattern is available as well. Download here.
1. Print out letters to trace. I used Microsoft Publisher to create the letters and made them all the same size and used the same font. You could do this in Word as well, or Photoshop. You could also just free style it, etc. Cut the letters out.
2. Trace the letters onto the fabric that you will use for the top.
3. Cut the letters out in square shapes.
4. Cut out squares of quilt batting and backing that will be the same size of the letter.
5. Make a sandwich of the fabrics and quilt batting. Place the back fabric right side down. Then place the piece of interfacing on top of that. Next, place the top fabric right side up. Pin together. Sew on the tracing.
6. If you desire, you can quilt it or just leave it.
7. Trim the edges of the three layers. Leave at least 1/4 inch around the edges of the letters.
8. Clip the raw edges. Make clips straight into every seam allowance. Stop before you reach the seam allowance.
9.Throw it in the washing machine and then the dryer. They will come out all raggedy around the edges.