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Padded Letters Tutorial

Padded Letters Tutorial

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Published by Sarah Meland

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Categories:Topics, Art & Design
Published by: Sarah Meland on Sep 04, 2010
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I will not gloat, I will not gloat, BUT since I won the challenge, I figured that you liked my name project!And, I thought it'd be fun to put together a tutorial in case you want to make your own! Have fun with thisproject ... just think of all the cute fabric you can buy, and all the wonderful scraps you'll have left over ...Sara
• 8" Paper Mache Letters• Quilt Batting• 1/4 Yard Of Fabric Per Letter (you will have some nice scraps leftover)• Fabritac - amazing fabric glue! Works like a charm, but heed the bottle warning - it'll dry fast. Andyou'll get carded at Joann's for buying this. I just think it's comical that you'd be carded for anythingat Joann's.• Disappearing Ink Fabric Marker • Flexible Tape Measurer • Q-tips; yes Q-tips. I'll explain below.• If you want to hang the letters, you’ll also need scrap yarn & scrap felt & more Fabritac.
:1. If your fabric is wrinkly,
it! You don't want crinkles on your pretty letter - if you ignore thewrinkles, you'll seethem later on display and it'll drive you crazy.(Or, maybe that is just me!)2.
Trace letters for Batting
. You can put the letter right side up for this step. I use a sharpie for 
this step and marked right onto the batting.
If you are making lots of them, do it all at once!
Cut Batting Letters
. Cut just INSIDE the line because you want the batting to fit on top of theletter and not overlap it.4.
Glue Batting onto Letter 
. Get our the Fabritac and start gluing the batting onto the front of thepaper mache letters. If the batting overlaps the sides of the letter, you will want to trim that down.
Trace letters for Fabric
. For both, place the fabric wrong side up - so you'll be marking on thewrong side with your marker. Use the disappearing fabric marker for this step!For the front of your letter, turn the
quilted side down
so that it's touching the wrong side of the fabric. Trace the letter.For the back of your letter, turn the
quilted side UP 
. Trace the letter.(For symmetrical letters like "a" it does not matter, but I've messed up an "L" before and it came outbackwards.)6.
Cut Letter Fabric
. Cut approximately 1/2" around the letter tracing. The extra fabric is how youwrap the letter; these little “flaps” will actually be glued down all around the side of the letter.7. “
Notch” the Letter Fabric
. That extra 1/2" you cut ... now you want to make little cut notchesfrom that exterior JUST TO but not touching the tracing of your letter. This is how the fabric willcurve and lay flat to the shape of your letter. For the straight parts, you can notch every 1-2", for the curves and corners, notch every inch or as needed.

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