For instructions on how to make these letters, see below.
I’ve seen a lot of “CREATE” letters in the blogosphere and while I love that idea, I knew that I needed a shorter word or I’d get burned out and never finish. So here you go: giant fabric-decoupaged letters.
I think I like them. I’ve always thought that the tape measure fabric from Building Blocks would be great for sewing room decor. The other two prints were just hanging out because I liked them, and now I get to see them everyday.
And while I was cleaning up for the photo, I realized that I have a bunch of scissors. 8 to be exact, I’m not sure when I started increasing my scissor collection, but having so many scissors has really helped my sanity. When I was a kiddo, I remember reaching for a pair of scissors to cut some paper, and just as I made the first cut, I’d hear my mom yell, “No, no! Not my good sewing scissors!” Well, mom, I’ve learned. :) When I started sewing 10 years ago, I had 2 pair of scissors: a nice set Ginghers (A), and a pair of softgrip, spring-loaded Fiskars (B). And when I had to cut something paper or plastic I’d have to run around looking for the “bad” paper scissors in the kitchen. Very inefficient use of time, you know. So now I have several pairs of cheap, Westcott Titanium scissors that are sharp enough to cut fabric, but cheap enough to use on paper (D-G). I got them in the office section at Target. These have saved my sanity, seriously! So here’s the scissor collection:
The little ones (C) are by my machine for cutting threads. The other little ones (E) ones fit in a front pocket of my seamstress apron. The medium ones (G) are the ones I let the kids use to cut fabric. And I have pinking shears by the sewing table. The smiley faces are to distinguish between my scissors and my sewing student’s sewing scissors that look exactly the same. Now I want to know how many scissors you have. Not all over the house, but just in your sewing area. I want to know if I’m normal! And not to turn this into a competition or anything, but perhaps the biggest scissor collector deserves a small prize yet to be determined.
And while we’re on the subject of cutting implements, how many rotary cutters do you have? I have 4. The top one cuts circles. I labeled one rotary blade “Paper” for cutting through iron-on paper backing. And yet, it continues to be sharp enough to cut through fabric. Amazing.
And all of these were purchased half-off during sales here and there. Woo hoo!
ETA: The SEW letters in this post are 24″ paper-mache letters that I got at JoAnn’s. They are around $8 each and are near the art section of the store on the same aisle with the wooden letters. I cut fabric larger than the letter. Then, some slightly dilluted ModPodge (matte finish, because it doesn’t smell as bad as the gloss finish), a paintbrush and I had a party, glueing and snipping the fabric to help it wrap around curves until the top was covered. Then I cut 1.5″ strips of the same fabric (the same as the depth of the letter form) and went around the outside, covering up the ugliness that resulted from gluing on the top. After they are dry, attach them to the wall using 3M Command Picture Hanging Strips (one of the greatest inventions in picture hanging history, I believe. Thanks for telling me about them, Laura!). Have fun with it!