|Project of the Month ~ Alphabet/Number Mat|
Idea, directions and photos contributed by StorkNet member Becky (BCraw314). Thank you, Becky!
- 1 1/2 yards of felt (I think that was the size, but you can make it however big or small you want.)
- Fabric 1/4 yard more than size of felt (I purchased a black/orange/off-white dinosaur flannel fabric for my boys. I like the flannel because it is a bit more durable. Clearance aisles in the fabric store usually have something.)
- Craft felt squares (Don't worry; you can use the leftovers for birthday party crafts, etc.)
- Paper, pen, scissors, thread, needle (or sewing machine), pins, glue
- On paper, create alphabet letters (I just used capital letters) and numbers one to ten. Create them so they are about 3x4 inches big.
- Cut out the letters from the paper.
- Place paper over felt pieces (use all different colors for variety) and trace the outline.
- Now cut out felt letters. Note: I found one piece of felt was too thin and tore so I doubled up. I did use the cheapest felt. If you do this, take both pieces of the same letter. Put a small amount of glue along the center of one, place the other letter over it and then stitch all the edges together. Allow to dry.
- Take your piece of fabric and lay it print side down on the table (or floor).
- Center your large felt piece over.
- Fold the edges of your fabric up and over the felt and pin into place.
Stitch the edges onto the felt with your sewing machine or by hand.
I spent maybe two hours total on this project and about $15 buying everything (clearance is great). I hand-stitched because that is the style I wanted.
The letters are washable, but will wrinkle out of shape when washing. Two solutions:
- Wash in a "bag" that you use for nylons to keep them from getting tossed about too much.
- You can place some very thin batting inside or use a total of 3 pieces of felt for more rigidity.
THE GOOD PART!! My first child is five now and still likes this mat. He sits on it and uses it while starting to spell words. My almost three-year-old uses it, too. It's washable, sturdy, folds up for storage, and is portable. Hope you crafters get some use out of this.
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