I have probably seen 27,000 ideas in my lifetime that I like and maybe I've actually made 157 of them. I rip out magazine pictures, I save emails, I buy books and I pin. (True confession, I have never made a single thing I've pinned.) When I saw this fabulous blog post I was so swiftly smitten that I started working on the fabric alphabet toy letters that same day. It is a magnificent post complete with the letters to download. (Print them in landscape for larger letters.) If you like these, remember it was Jessica's idea that I merely tweeked. Thank you Happy Together Blog!
These letters touched on a special spot in my heart. When my oldest was in kindergarten, I was a guest speaker at her class and taught a mini lesson to the class and presented the school with an alphabet quilt. I had quite a time finding a fabric to represent each letter and had used yellow as the background so that made the Y really tricky. I adored the project in many ways and I saved all the scraps and made a book instead of a quilt for my youngest. I still had all those fabrics in a project box but the scraps were getting skimpier. However, these letters aren't that big so the fabrics will do nicely.
I decided to make two sets, one for my house and one for Emily's. I watch Zara here so I like to have duplicates of things she has at home chez moi. First letter up, A, natch. And I love that the A for apple had enough left to make two. Will I now become even more of a fabric
hoarder saver than before? Nope, it would be impossible.
Next up was the letter B and I decided I wanted a new fabric. I have become quite fond of bird items and I sneak them in the house all around. There is a small bird which came on my kitchen clocks and there are blue birds of happiness in nearly every room of my house. B for birds was up next!
Something old and something new was working out so on I went to the letter C. Emily is allergic to cats and dogs so I didn't want to overload these letters with animals that Zara will never actually see.
In the project box, I found scraps for a dress and pinafore I had made Emily 28 years ago. Crayons are perfect, it's the throwback look I wanted but no allergy issues!
For the letter D, I went with the original DOG fabric I used all those years ago. Let's take it step by step.
These cute letters are so easy to make. I downloaded all the pages from Happy Together and printed them in landscape. I cut the letters out plus a piece of red flannel, a piece of batting and the targeted fabric.
I chose flannel because it will stick to a flannel carry all, display cloth I have in the back of my mind to make when I am all done. I chose red because I have tons of it leftover from Christmas quilts.
Then I have a thread which goes with the fabric but doesn't disappear. I've used blue for the last three letters so I used it for this one also. I sew around the letter, I try to be exactly next to it but if it catches a bit, that is ok also!
I do all this twice and really the sewing is the quickest part.
And here is the fourth letter all done.
Yes, I only have A, B, C and D done but I do have doubles of them. I could crack them all off but it's a relaxation project for me. I make one up when I am bored with a current project or have a lot of ripping I am trying to avoid.
I will try to give updates on my progress on these, maybe in a blog post or on my Facebook page. When I get them all done, I will make a photo gallery.
I am wondering if the alphabet will be enough. Should I do lower case also? Or just for words Zara might want to spell? That's 2 lower case a's right there.
Thinking and planning all of this makes me, you guessed it, Sew happy!
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Update! I finished all the letters and published a post with all of them. Check it out, you will love it. Click here.