How to Make a Felt Letter Garland for a Playroom

by Tonya Staab
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This DIY fabric and felt letter garland is hand-stitched and will look beautiful in your kid’s playroom for years to come.

a felt and fabric letter garland to hang in a playroom
A DIY hand-stitched fabric and felt letter garland.

How to make a felt letter garland


  • Felt board
  • Felt
  • Patterned fabric
  • Patterned-edge and straight scissors
  • Fabric marker
  • Embroidery thread and needle
  • Hooks
  • Rope


Cut large triangles out of the felt board (the board is much larger and stiffer than the regular felt sheets you can purchase).

I used a simple word document to make the letters the size I wanted, printed them, and cut them out to make the stencils.

Lay the letter stencil on felt and very carefully draw around it using a fabric marker. Cut it out.

Wash, dry, and iron your fabric. Using patterned-edge scissors cut a triangle a little smaller than the one you cut using the felt board.

Hand stitch the fabric to the felt board and then the felt letters on top of that.

letter P felt and fabric garland
Stitch fabric and a felt letter on top of a felt pennant garland.

The banner I made is double-sided so once each individual triangle was finished I stitched a triangle to the back of it – just make sure you don’t stitch a ‘P’ to a ‘P’ or the reverse side will be backward.

Use a hole punch to make holes in the top corners of each triangle. Thread the rope through and attach them to the hooks.

a diy playroom garland that's handmade using felt and fabric
Make a DIY fabric and felt letter garland for your child’s playroom.

We’ve used this same garland in our playroom through many house moves. You can see just two of them below.

a felt letter garland spelling PLAY hanging in a playroom
A homemade felt letter garland that spells the word PLAY hanging in a playroom.

More DIY garlands

Are you looking for more homemade garlands to decorate your home? Take a look at these:

We have even more fun DIY letter decoration ideas that are perfect additions to your home decor.

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Ali December 1, 2009 - 12:08 pm

do you have a sewing machine, T? I see TONS of fun stuff on your site, but typically notice all hand-stitching!!! I’m too lazy to hand stitch more than I absolutely have to!! lol…kudos to you for being so patient!!!

Tonya Staab December 1, 2009 - 5:21 pm

Ali: I do have a sewing machine. I actually just set it up a few weeks ago on a little table in my office, but I barely ever use it. Heather (commenter below you) could attest to the fact that I took about an hour one day at her mum’s house just trying to thread it and get it to sew something other than tangled webs ha ha. I actually prefer hand-sewing. I’m really weird like that. Especially with felt because I use the full 6 strands of embroidery thread so the stitches are thick and contrasting colors a lot of the time.

Tonya Staab December 1, 2009 - 5:22 pm

Great idea Heather. I’ll give that a go sometime. I can always count on you my fabulous crafty friend to come up with a great way to do something.

Heather December 1, 2009 - 2:18 pm

Tonya, I think you could also use fusible webbing instead of sewing!

Shannon December 1, 2009 - 9:14 pm

Love it! This is perfect timing because I wanted to make a Christmas-y banner decoration for the house but I wasn’t sure how I wanted to put everything together. Thanks for the ideas and directions!!

cat@juggling act December 1, 2009 - 11:29 pm


Tonya Staab December 2, 2009 - 2:55 pm

Thanks Shannon.

Google holiday or birthday banners on blogs and you’ll find some really great ideas out there.

Tonya Staab December 2, 2009 - 2:56 pm

Thank you 🙂

Kathy December 2, 2009 - 6:19 pm

So cute! I need something to keep my hands busy while watching my DVR’ed shows after my girls go to bed. Otherwise I fall asleep.


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