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DIY Fabric Letter Decoration

Fabric is a crafting material that is rarely embraced beyond the sewing room, but using it to embellish lettering is a great way to play with fabric even when you lack sewing skills. Simple to create, and with a warm place to dry in between steps, you can go from concept to complete in under an hour with this craft. 

I chose a complicated letter for my first attempt so the process was slower and more complex with the turns and curves of the character I chose, but on my second attempt, I created a large E to hang in our foyer and the difference in timing and complexity was the difference between 2 hours and an hour of crafting time. 

Use this craft tutorial to create a monogram embellishment for wreaths, shelves or even a wall arrangement. It's a fantastic way to add personalization to your space all while keeping to a tight budget!

  • 1 cardboard letter or character
  • 1 jar of Mod Podge
  • 1 foam brush
  • 1 jar of crafting paint
  • 1 pair of sharp fabric scissors


(For this project I painted the cardboard after I applied the fabric, in my second project I painted it first, and then applied the fabric. Both approaches worked well.)

Step 1: On a large clean surface, brush the Mod Podge on the top surface of the cardboard, giving it an even thin base coat to rest your fabric on.

Step 2: Place your fabric across the top of the cardboard, stretching it to tightly fit the top of the surface. Allow it to dry for 10-15 minutes before beginning step 3.

Step 3: Trim off the excess fabric around the cardboard, getting as close as you can to the edges of the board to create a clean finish.

Step 4: Apply a second coat of Mod Podge using your foam brush across the top of the fabric and allow it to dry for 15 minutes, or until touch dry, before starting step 5.

Step 5: Apply a coat of crafting paint across the exposed cardboard, taking care not to paint on the fabric. Allow it to dry for 15 minutes or until touch dry before startingstep 6.

Step 6: Once the paint is dry apply a final coat of Mod Podge using your foam brush to the entire surface, covering the paint and fabric with a thin, even coat. Any tiny edges of fabric that cannot be cut to size should be folded down to create a clean edge.

Step 7: After it's completely dry, display and enjoy!

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