Handmade Alphabet Letter Pillow

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Handmade Alphabet Letter Pillow
Letter-shaped pillows can serve as decorative learning tools. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

If you have a little one at home or school who is learning to read or recognise letters, alphabet letter pillows can provide a way to decorate and provide visual stimulation with the comfort of soft pillows. Make the pillows into the shapes of letters instead of just sewing patches onto them. You can create an entire set of colourful alphabet letter pillows to decorate a preschooler's room or a classroom.


The pillows can be made in any size you like. Use small letter pillows to line along a shelf or ledge, medium-sized pillows for couches and beds or large pillows to sit on the floor. To find the amount of fabric you need and how to cut it out properly, make a paper template of each letter in the same size you want to make the pillow. Draw the letter onto a sheet of paper and cut it out to use as a pattern for cutting fabric panels.


Fabric, thread and batting are required to complete the pillows. Alphabet pillows can be sewn from any material that you like. Choose soft velvet, washable cotton or shiny vinyl fabric. Use decorative prints or bright, solid colours. Choose your thread based on the thickness of the material you use. Cotton batting makes a soft and comfortable pillow filling, while polyester or plastic pellets can provide weighted filling for pillows that are purely decorative.


To begin sewing the pillows, some preparation is necessary. Iron the fabric before cutting it so that it is easier to work with and wrinkles do not create puckering around the seams. Cut the fabric according to your paper template. Cut two panels per pillow. Cut one of the panels into the shape of the letter when the fabric is facing upward, and the other when the fabric is face down. This will allow the pieces to match perfectly with the back sides of the fabric pieces facing each other and the front sides facing out. Place the panels front sides together and pin them together around the edges. The pillow itself is in the shape of a letter, so make sure the edges match up perfectly. The letter at this point is inside-out for sewing purposes; the front of the fabric will show when you finish.


Sew the panels together around the edges of the fabric, 1/2 inch from each edge. Leave one edge open to stuff the pillow. Remove the pins and turn the pillow right side out through the open edge. Fill the pillow with your chosen stuffing until it reaches the firmness you want. Fold the edges of the open side inward about 1/2 inch and pin them together. Sew across the open side to close the pillow and remove the pins.

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