This DIY fabric and felt letter garland is hand-stitched and will look beautiful in your kid’s playroom for years to come.
How to make a felt letter garland
- Felt board
- Patterned fabric
- Patterned-edge and straight scissors
- Fabric marker
- Embroidery thread and needle
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.
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.
We’ve used this same garland in our playroom through many house moves. You can see just two of them below.
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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!!!
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.
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.
Tonya, I think you could also use fusible webbing instead of sewing!
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!!
Google holiday or birthday banners on blogs and you’ll find some really great ideas out there.
Thank you 🙂
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.