14 Jan

Fabric 3D Letters Tutorial

3d Fabric Letters Tutorial

3D Fabric Letters!  How cute!?!

Supplies:

  • Cardboard
  • Hot Glue Gun/ Glue
  • Mod Podge
  • Fabric

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3D Fabric Letters Tutorial

 

 

 

 

 

3D Fabric Letters Tutorial

3D Fabric Letters Tutorial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using cardboard, cut out your letter (I free handed my letters), and enough strips of cardboard to make the width of your 3D letters. My width strips were 2.25″ thick. When you cut out the letters, flip each letter over and cut out a reflection of the letter for the back side of the 3D piece.
3D Fabric Letters Turorial
Using hot glue, (careful, don’t burn yourself!), build up your 3D letter walls. Start from the center and work your way out. This seems to make is easiest for maneuvering the glue gun. Hold the piece in place for a minute for the glue to harden up a bit. Some of the pieces won’t fit exactly, so keep a scissors handy for trimming for an exact fit.  Any letters with curves (D or R etc) make sure you prebend the cardboard before glueing it.

3D Fabric Letters Turorial

Put the other side on the top of the letter last. After the glue hardens, trim off any extra cardboard, making the edges of the letters match up as perfect as you can.

3D Fabric Letters Turorial

After you’ve completed your cardboard letters, the next step will be to pick out and cut out the fabric you will need to cover the letters. One of my pieces of fabric is actually an old t shirt! Yay for upcycling!

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Cut out long strips of fabric to go around the sides of your letters. Take the width of your letters and add one inch for the width of your strips. You want 1/2 inch of extra fabric on all sides.

3D Fabric Letters Tutorial

Cut out a fabric letter piece, and a fabric reflection piece!

3D Fabric Letters Tutorial

Paint Mod Podge around the outter sides of the letter.
3D Fabric Letter Tutorial

Secure the fabric strips around the glue covered sides.

Do the inside of your letters too. This part is difficult to do without making your fabric all wrinkled. I used a pencil and a tweezers to help smooth it out. Also, make sure your fabric is the exact size with maybe a tiny bit of overlap. The more extra fabric you have, the harder it is to secure is smoothly to the inner cardboard.

3D fabric letters tutorial

At each corner, cut the fabric overlap down to the cardboard. Then glue down the overlapping fabric to the front and reflection faces of the letter.

3D fabric letters tutorial

Glue down the front piece of fabric and the reflection piece of fabric.

Viola! Create any word, phrase, name, sentence you want! I love using fabric for stuff like this.

I love how this turned out!

3D Fabric Letters
3d Fabric Letters Tutorial

 

 

 

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