My first Year of Homemade Gifts project was for a very special little boy about to turn three years old. I was pondering what to make for him one morning and, while spraying my hair, this idea came to me. (I MUST buy more of that hairspray!) He already knows his ABCs and can recognize and name letters, so I thought a fun next step would be to learn how to spell the names of all his family members. Here’s how to make a “My Family” felt letter set:
- Felt squares, a different color for each name, all cut the same size (Mine were 6.5 x 6.5 inches.)
- Embroidery floss and needle
- Fiberfill stuffing and a chopstick to push it into the letters’ crooks and crannies
- Fabric for a tote bag to hold the finished letters
- Fabric, ribbon, cord, or bias tape for drawstring
- Pencil, pins, and scissors
(1) Draw block letters on the felt squares, two for each letter. Be sure to use uppercase for the first letter of the name and lowercase for the other letters . . . a kindergarten teacher will thank you someday!
(2) Stitch the front and back of each letter together using a contrasting color of embroidery floss.
(3) Every few stitches, stop and put in a little stuffing until you make it all the way around.
(4) Cut two large rectangles for the tote bag. (Mine is 18 x 16 inches and holds 19 letters.)
(5) Stitch felt letters spelling “My Family” on the front of one piece of the tote bag fabric.
(6) Put the rectangles together, right sides facing, and stitch the sides and bottom.
(7) Turn down the top and stitch around it, leaving a channel and an opening for the drawstring.
(8) Turn the tote bag right side out and press if needed.
(8) Make a drawstring out of the same fabric, or use ribbon, cording, or bias tape folded and stitched. Fasten a safety pin through one end and thread the drawstring through the channel. Tie ends together.
(9) Put the felt letters into the bag, and give it to a little boy or girl you love! ♥
P.S. Besides spelling the family’s names, children can sort the letters by color, letter, or uppercase/lowercase, spell other small words (my letters also work for Mom, Dad, red, mad, lead, dare, name . . . ), and use them to make up fun new names. How about Myler, Dyan, Rommy, and Taddy?