I’m thrilled to share this fabric name garland tutorial as the ‘secret ingredient’ to my daughter’s nursery. Since no one but my husband and I know our baby’s name yet (as of writing this), this has been a fun project to keep quiet! I absolutely wanted to decorate Marina’s nursery with some fun wall art, but I tend to be very picky on art, and for a baby girl nursery, I wanted everything to feel personalized and special. Enter this easy custom name garland tutorial, where you can hang the letters in any way you choose, or opt to display them more like blocks on a shelf for more versatility. This is a great way to use Spoonflower’s fill-a-yard feature, so have fun mixing up some of your favorite prints in the Spoonflower community!
What You Need:
- 1 cotton Fill-a-yard with 4 consecutive squares filled with the same pattern
- 5” wood letters from local craft store, or make your own with heavy duty cardboard
- Hot Glue
- Ribbon, Rope or Embroidery Embroidery Floss to hang the letters
- Trace and cut out batting in the shapes of your letters
- Cut out your fabric squares, and lay them out to identify pattern order
- Trace 2 versions of each letter:
- 1 version with ¾” surrounding the outside border of the letter. Do not cut away any excess fabric inside letters, instead cut small slits toward points to fold around the letter
- 1 version in the exact same shape for the back of your letter (NOTE: trace the back side of the letter for non-reversible shapes!)
- Start with an easy letter like I, L, T, O, S, A or C to get used to the process
- Use a small amount of hot glue to secure the batting to the front of the letter
- Flip the letter over and use a small amount of hot glue to secure the letter and batting to the wrong side of the front fabric piece. Make sure all your cut points are lined up with the angles and curve of your letter
- Starting on the inner most part of each letter, pull fabric bits securely and gently hot glue to side of letter, then back of letter. Work in opposition, so that your fabric is pulled taught on both sides of the letter. Press out hot glue clumps with a paperclip or other small tool as you work to avoid bulges.
- Hot glue and fold side edges in, followed last by the top and bottom of each letter.
- Hot glue the second fabric letter onto the back of your letter to cover up the messy back!
- Cut your ribbon or cord the desired length to hang in the nursery.
- Use a heavy duty stapler to attach the ribbon/cord to the back of each letter and hang. Alternatively, place on shelf or hang on a wall with brackets and nails for a different display.
- Stand back and admire your fabric name garland!
To see the full DIY with pictures, head over to the Spoonflower blog here!
Also, see the rest of my Nursery DIYs and posts: