How to make fabric letters for a nursery

Updated February 21, 2017

Make adorable and whimsical fabric letters to hang on a nursery wall. No artistic ability is necessary to show you can be creative in making something original for your child's room or to give as a gift for a new baby. Whether it's for a single boy or girl, twins or quadruplets, here's an opportunity to focus on a name that will be a focal point and delightful decoration in a baby's room. It can be treasured for years and years.

Spray paint individual unfinished wood letters that spell a baby's name. They can be the same colour or different colours. Be sure to paint the sides and inside of each letter. Let dry.

Lay one letter, unpainted side down on top of the wrong side of the fabric. Use scissors to cut a piece of fabric slightly larger than the letter. Proceed the same way with each of the other letters.

Spray adhesive to the wrong side of one piece of fabric. Lay it over the unpainted side of a wood letter. Press down on the right side of the fabric to secure it to the wood. Proceed the same way with each of the other wood letters. Let them dry.

Use a razor to carefully cut away excess fabric from the front of each wood letter by sliding it along the edges in a slow back and forth motion.

Screw in a small eye screw to the top of each wood letter.


Choose spray paint colours that are included in a printed or solid colour fabric that will be used on the front of the letter. If using printed fabric, choose small printed, themed fabric. You can also cut letters out of two pieces of fabric, straight stitch 0.6 cm (1/4-inch) from the sides, turn right side out, stuff them with polyester and then seal the opening. Add a ribbon hook and hang on the wall.


Spray paint wood letters outdoors or in well ventilated area.

Things You'll Need

  • Unfinished wood letters with flat surface
  • Spray paint
  • Cotton fabric
  • Spray adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Razor
  • Small eye screws
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About the Author

For over 25 years, Natasha Lawrence has written for publications from "Alaska Business Monthly" to "Savannah Magazine" and provided destination content as Florida city editor for Wcities. Her expertise in arts and crafts includes calligraphy, painting, mosaics, jewelry making, paper crafts and home decor, often offering workshops in museums and art centers.