Monday, December 3, 2007

Merry Days and Names in Felt

Happy December everyone! I finally got out a little bit of our Christmas decor yesterday (I'll share pics later) - our little tree, a few lights, a nativity. I must confess that I've been dreading getting out the Christmas decorations because I just imagine myself telling Peter and Ned to keep away from them all day long. And true to form, in the first two hours after they were up, decorations were taken off the tree, the tree skirt was pulled askew, and Ned even managed to pull the tree down on himself (it's very small - no harm done, just a bit startling for him). So, I just got out those few things and put the rest away. Call me a Scrooge, but pulling my kids off the Christmas things all day long doesn't really fill me with the holiday spirit! I promise I'm excited for Christmas and all of the loveliness it brings - just let me enjoy it and not have to spend it keeping my children from touching everything they shouldn't!

I've certainly been helping others prepare for the holiday season by making quite a few custom stockings, complete with personalization in the form of a name in felt on the stocking. I've been wanting to do a tutorial on here for quite some time and while working on this little project, I thought sharing with you how I do my felt names would be good. This technique could also use this technique for any sort of shape. And you can use the letters for monogramming, full names, or initials. So, here it goes.


PERSONALIZING WITH FELT LETTERS

1) Use a word processing program to type out your names. Choose a font that is wide enough that you will be able to sew around the outline easily. Use the rulers in your program to guide you in choosing your font size. You should be able to fit your letters to your desired size by playing with the font size until it matches the length and width of space on the item you want personalized.
2) Pin the paper letters to your felt. Cut the letters out with sharp scissors that have small blades that will easily navigate the detailed and small edges of your letters. To cut the inner circles of letters like “a” and “e”, insert your scissors into the middle of the circle and clip a hole. Using this hole as a starting point, cut to the edge of the inner circle and then cut around the circle.
3) Pin the letters securely on fabric, making sure that everything is positioned just how you want it.


4) With a coordinating thread, sew around the edge of each letter. Be prepared to lift the pressure foot (make sure to leave your needle down when you do this) several times as you change directions to make it around your letter. It is beneficial to remove the pin when you have sewn enough that the letter is attached enough to stay in place.


5) Clip the threads and admire your creation!

17 comments:

randi---i have to say said...

This is a great idea---simple and cute!

Windybrook Spinner said...

Nice tutorial with great pictures. You have many gifts. I love the stockings.

Karyn said...

What a brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing!

www.pinkricrac.blogspot.com said...

That is just way too cool!

Heidijayhawk said...

it can't possibly be that easy!! thanks babe!

Mary said...

Great tutorial, Jessi!

Mary
Confessions of a Craft Addict

Shannon said...

What a great idea:) Very nice tutorial~thanks.

Beth said...

Oh my goodness! When I saw the image I thought "I'll have to ask her how she does her letters." And then I kept scrolling and there was the answer! Thanks!

I feel exactly the way you do about the decorations this year. I pulled everything out of storage and then put about 3/4 of it back. It's over-stimulating for Jaxon and overwhelming for me!

Phoebe said...

So excited to have a "Behind the scenes" look. Everyone LOVES the stockings. Thank you!

lera said...

Oooh. Very nice!

I love the rickrack, too.

Christy said...

So cute! Love your fabric and color choices. :)

Natasha said...

Those stockings of yours are just fabulous!

Pieces said...

That is a great tutorial on lettering. I wondered how you did it. Thanks!

chelle said...

I just had the pleasure of running across your blog, via your lovely, amazing little Etsy shop.Your in Idaho. I grew up there. I am so glad to see that Idaho boasts someone as creative and talented and sophisticated as yourself. Obviously there is more to Idaho than hunting and fishing, etc.

And those stockings are positively d-a-r-l-i-n-g!

Rhonda in OK said...

Thanks for the Tutorial. I have sewn lots of stockings but have never done names on them, your easy method is just great and I will be using it soon.

Jenn Maruska said...

Awesome! I will have to try this! Thanks for sharing : )

megan said...

Very nice. Seems easy enough. I should be able to make a big mess out of it easily. :)