Since you’ve most probably already got some felt at home, you might just as well make felt letters, they will engage toddlers and especially preschoolers for quite a while! Let me give you an idea how to make a DIY felt board and SIMPLE felt letters for your kid. I’ve added a visual presentation of various felt materials towards the end of the post, hoping you get a better picture of what kind of felt to choose for the letters. Have a look!
After these felt board pictures I showed you how to make a while ago, I believe you just saw it coming, didn’t you? I think it’s best if I just show you the idea and you decide if it’s a good fit for your kid:
how to make felt letters
Step 1: Make a simple FELT BOARD
Supplies to Make A FELT BOARD:
- self-adhesive velcro
- a large piece of 2 or 3 mm thick felt (A3 or larger)
Step 2: Cut out FELT LETTERS.
This being said, many people prefer using a sort of a TEMPLATE when cutting out letters. In this case, you might benefit from a great trick used by Akane on her blog I’ve just read about: You can draw the letters on the freezer paper and then stick them onto the felt before cutting them. And here comes the trick: iron over the freezer paper, the glossy side of the paper facing the felt. The freezer paper will temporarily stick onto the felt. Cut out and you’re done. Voila!
How to CHOOSE THE BEST MATERIALS for your felt letters:
The following comparison of three most usually used felt materials will make it easier for you to get just the right felt you need for different felt projects. The picture below shows you what I think is the best solution for your felt letters:
No 1 – BEST solution: thin (one to 1.5-milimeter) STIFFENED felt
It really is important that it is stiff, not soft. I got it in our local (bricks-and-mortar) fabrics store where it is sold by meters/yards, so you might want to check in your city. But first, it’s good to compare both prices AND quality, as they may differ quite wildly! I did a search on Etsy and there is a wide array of felt sheets you may want to choose from, but they are very different as to the quality, materials (wool, acrylic, polyester) and price. For example, this felt is sturdy and great for letters:
No 2 – Alternative solution: THICK FELT + self-adhesive velcro
No 3 – no-no: extra THIN and SOFT FELT
As you see in the photo above, do not use the softest and thinnest, 0.5-millimeter felt to make felt board letters, as it deforms very easily and may not survive even the first felt board play session. Maybe is not detected at first sight, but check the red letter O on several photos below, too – do you notice the deformation?
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