I bought these great letters to spell out Emma’s name months and months ago when they were on sale. Today I finally made good use of them and put them up in her room. Before I did that though, I dressed them up a bit with some cute fabric, some steam-a-seam, and an iron. It was so easy, I’ll show you so that you can do it too if you get the urge.
Step One: Find letters that you like. Whether flat or 3-D, it’s all up to what you want to see every day 🙂 .
Buy fabric(s) that you want to use. Again it can be any color, style, shade (you get the idea). While you’re at the fabric store, pick up a package of Steam-a-Seam bonding material. This is what you’re going to use to make the fabric adhere to your letters.
Step Two: Once you’re home and you have all your materials, trace your letters IN REVERSE onto the bonding material. The best thing at this point would be for you to follow the directions on the package because they tell you in detail.
Once your letter is traced onto the Steam-a-Seam, peel off the paper backing on the reverse side (the side that you didn’t just trace onto). It will be slightly tacky.
Step Three: With the tacky side facing down, apply the traced letter to the backside of your chosen fabric. The package says to then cut but I like to apply a low heat iron briefly to the traced surface just to secure the two fabrics together. It’s not 100% but it’s better than just pressing down. You’ll need as much fusion as possible because you’re going to cut out the traced letter now!
Step Four: With the bonding material and fabric both cut out in the shape of your letter, carefully peel the remaining protective layer on the Steam-a-Seam (the one you traced onto originally). The material will be a little more tacky than the last side but that’s so it will stick as you place it on your letter.
You can pick-up and shift the fabric letter as much as is necessary. Nothing is final until you iron.
Step Five: With your fabric in place, and your iron warmed to a medium heat (at the most!) go ahead and iron away!
The finished product was great! I, and Emma, were really pleased with the way they turned out. A little fabric goes a long way!!!