I have recently fallen in love with felt. I love making little hand-stitched projects with it. Alas I have been unable to find real wool felt locally, and have yet to buy any online, so these again are made with the eco-felt I have a large stash of. I got the idea from Made by Rae and have been wanting to make these for my nieces and my son for ages! Originally they were going to be for Christmas, but I didn't even get to the point of taking the felt out of the bag I brought it home in. Then they were going to be Valentine's gifts, but again, ran out of time. This time they were going to be for Easter, and I got 3 of them done! Yay! I decided I wanted to add embellishment, so they took a lot longer.
Check out Rae's tutorial by clicking the link above, or read on for a quick rundown on how I made mine.
To make them I selected a font I liked, in a size I wanted (I made them big enough so that I could fit 2 letters on 1 page horizontally...I ended up using Cooper Std with the font size at 505, and in an outline style), printed them and cut out the letters, then traced them onto the felt with one of those disappearing fabric markers, then snip snip snip, cut out 2 of each letter.
After I cut out the letters, I sat down (at my parents', so someone else could keep an eye on Harry while I worked on them), made up the embellishments, cut them out and stitched them on with embroidery thread. Then I spent a few nights sewing and stuffing the letters, then stringing them up on fishing line. I used a blanket stitch to sew them together and matching thread. I have Harry's done to the point of the sewing and stuffing, which I will hopefully get to soon.
I love the way they turned out, and everyone was very impressed when the girls opened them as part of their Easter treats. As I was halfway through, I had a thought that would be quite a time-saver...rather than stuffing them, they'd look just as cute slapped onto a nice board and hung on the wall...I suppose I'll debate which way to finish Harry's now!