Stuffed Felt Names
What you will make:
Personalized gifts are always welcomed, and this colorful stuffed felt
hanging that spells out a child's name is a great gift for new babies
and kids of all ages! In this craft project, see how to cut out, sew, and
stuff individual felt letters and then join them together to create
a bright and cheerful personalized wall hanging that's perfect for the
bedroom door, on the wall, or over the crib.
This is a great project for kids and adults to do together and is
easy enough for a beginning or inexperienced sewer. Let the child select
the felt colors and trace the letters. They can help with the cutting
and sewing as appropriate for their age and skills. Finally, everyone
can have fun stuffing the letters and choosing a place to hang the
Tip: Unless you are a speedy sewer or are making a
short name, it is best to plan on doing this craft a few letters at a
Here's what you need:
- Felt in any color
- Matching thread
- Straight pins
- Fabric marker or pencil
- Toy stuffing
- Tweezers or chopsticks
- Optional: Yarn or kneadable adhesive putty for
This project is rated AVERAGE to do.
How to Make a Stuffed Felt Name Hanging
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Draw or Trace Letters
Write the letters, about 4" (10 cm) high, onto the felt with
the fabric marker or pencil. Make the letters very fat and rounded.
You can also print large letters from your computer and use them as templates.
Open a document in a word processor and select a simple fat font like Cooper Black or Berlin Sans FB Demi.
Size the font to about 400pt and then check size with the
program's ruler. Two or three letters will fit on
a sheet of paper printed in landscape orientation. Lay the felt on
top of the printed sheet and hold it to a window to trace each
letter's outline. Print the whole alphabet to have on hand the next
time you make a felt name.
- Step 2: Cut Letters
Each letter requires two identical cutouts. Hold or pin two
layers of felt together with the traced letter on top. Cut any
center holes, like those in a "B" or a "P," first.
- Step 3: Stitch Letters
Using a doubled strand of thread, overcast stitch the two
layers together. Leave a 1" to 2" gap to add the stuffing. Hide
the knotted tails inside the letter.
Tip: Before you start stitching a letter,
think about the best place to leave the stuffing opening. For
example, on a capital 'E', an opening in the middle of the long
side works best for stuffing.
- Step 4: Stuff Letters
With tweezers or chopsticks, gently stuff small amounts
of toy filling into the letters to make them puffy, then finish
stitching the letter closed.
Tip: With letters with sharp turns, such as "S"
or "M," it is easier to stuff a small amount as you stitch around.
- Step 5: Join Letters
When all the letters are finished, decide how the letters
should be joined together. Working at the back of the letters,
stitch the letters together only where they join.
Tip: The joined letter hanging can be easily
attached to the wall with Blu-tak
(kneadable adhesive putty). Or, sew wool yarn loops
to the first and last letter and hang it that way.
That's it! Your felt name is
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