Inspiration Story: It's funny how a project can change from what you are first inspired to make. I have the book Growing up Sew Liberated by Meg McElwee. My original plan was to do a project out of this book just like it was described. I loved her hand embroidered Irresistable Letters!
Are those numbers not sweet?! Except it is basically all done by hand and you guys know hand embroidery wasn't my favorite craft of all! I knew, with my embroidery/sewing machine, I could machine applique my numbers/letters instead... assuming I found the right pattern. I settled on Planet Applique's JacknJill Alphabet pattern for $8!
Originally, I decided to make the ENTIRE Alphabet, instead of numbers, for Micaiah to have in the years to come. 26 letters seemed like a feat, but it was for my baby, so it would be worth it! I started with 'A' in some of the fabric that matches his curtains and the chair in his room. As soon as I had machine appliqued the very first letter, I KNEW exactly what I was going to do... make his name for over his crib!
I found the long stick out in our backyard and just used some rope that I had lying around our utility room. I hot glued the clothes pins onto the stick and tied and knotted the rope onto the stick. Hart called it my bow and arrow! ha!
Do you want to make one for yourself?
Let's get started!
First, hoop your fabric and make each letter in your child's name. Then cut out perfect squares using a ruler and rotary cutter or scissors. Need help with machine applique? Click here for a tutorial.
Like I said... this is a TIME consuming project. Seriously.
But you have really cute letters or flash cards or whatever that won't get torn up or eaten!
Want to make the stick display? ...it's pretty easy, actually. You just find a stick that has a curve to it and is long enough for your letters. Clip your clothes pins to your fabric letters and lay them out so you can space them evenly.
I am also going to enter this craft into the American Crafter competition over at Naptime Crafters!
I wouldn't have even known about it, but I just made a new blog friend with Jessica at Me Sew Crazy. She's a Christian craft blogger that makes some really cute stuff and I was feeling kind of down and out about blogging recently. I emailed her just reaching out and asking if she ever struggled with some of the things I struggled with and y'all....she was SO sweet in her response. It completely encouraged me to keep doing what I love and seek after God while doing it. So, whether I make it in the top 15 contestants or not, I figured it would be fun to try out! So, pray I get in, if it is what God wants! And if you have nothing better to do, go enter yourself! I think you have until February 29th! I hear there are some pretty good prizes to come, too!