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How To Make Your Own Fabric Alphabet

Playing with the alphabet is a great way to help your preschooler learn the alphabet and promote letter recognition, and this easy-to-make fabric alphabet will provide hours of kid-friendly, educational fun!

Our free download includes step by step instructions and printable letter templates so you can jump right in and make your own set of fabric letters!

Fabric Alphabet activity download 3-page spread

Ready to Get Started?

Print out the alphabet letter templates and cut out each letter using scissors or a utility knife.

Cutting out letter template

Cut solid-color fabric, print fabric, and two layers of quilt batting into twenty-six five-inch squares. Squares should be large enough to accommodate the letter template plus a little bit of extra cutting room around each letter.

Layering fabric and batting

Trace each letter onto one square of print fabric. I used a disappearing marking pen, but feel free to use pencil. Pin together all layers.

Pinning fabric together

Using a sewing machine, sew layers together with a wide stitch along the traced line.

Cut around each letter with pinking shears, about 1/4″ from the stitching. Cut out center holes (as in letters A, B, D, etc.) with small fabric scissors.

Cutting out fabric letter

Repeat steps 3-5 with each letter of the alphabet. If you used a disappearing marking pen, remove the marks with a damp cloth (or follow the instructions for your pen).

Completed cut out fabric alphabet letter

Ways to Play with Your Fabric Alphabet

For plenty of transportable (and decorative!) fun, store your letters in a basket on your child’s bookcase!

Preschooler playing with fabric alphabet

Admire your handiwork and then give the letters to your little one to let the fun and learning begin! Can she spell her name?

Preschooler spelling out name with fabric alphabet

Or spell some easy words? It’s time to let the learning begin!

Words spelled out with fabric alphabet

If you make a set of fabric letters for your child, we’d love to see some pictures! You can share your photos with us on Facebook or Instagram (tag @allaboutlearning)!

Create Your Own Template for Lowercase Letters and Numbers:

Here are instructions for creating your own template:

1. In Microsoft Word, type up the alphabet from A-Z and the numbers 0-9, using your favorite font and font size.
2. Select all of the letters, and then click the Text Effects tool. (In Microsoft Word 2010, the Text Effects tool is in the toolbox under Home, to the left of the highlighting tool. The icon for the text effects tool is a blue A.)
3. Choose whatever outline style your heart desires, and then voilà! That’s it! You’ve made your own customized template!

Fabric Alphabet Tips Recommended by Our Readers:

  • Sew magnets into the back layer of each letter so letters can be used on a white board. (Recommended by Chelsea B. via blog comment.)
  • Skip the batting and use felt or flannel as the backing so they can be used on the felt board. (Recommended by Chelsea B. via blog comment.)
  • Sew letters together with black embroidery floss instead of on a machine so the stitching really stands out. (Recommended by Beverly G. via blog comment.)
  • Use a lightweight tear away fabric to trace a whole page and pin or glue it to the fabric layers then sew through the whole thing. When done with each page of templates, there will be four complete sets of letters. (Recommended by Linda via blog comment.
  • Use coordinating colors or designs for the letters – apple print for “A”; blue print or banana print for “B”, etc. (Recommended by Paula via blog comment.)
  • Have an older child create this set for a younger sibling! (Recommended by Deb via blog comment.)
  • Dots for lower case letters – like in “i” and “j” – can be attached by sewing a layer of clear table cloth covering in between. (Recommended by Cynthia via blog comment.)

Did your preschooler enjoy this activity? Try some of our other great letter recognition activities!

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Kazzza

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I’m going to give this a try and make a HAPPY BIRTHDAY bunting banner that can be used by the whole family all year round..

Robin E.

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What a great idea, Kazzza! It would be cute to make a bunting banner that spells out a child’s name for their room as well.

Amy T.

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How cute! Looks like SEW (he-he… just finished playing on the homophone machine) much fun.
I homeschool an 11 year old struggling reader/speller who wants to learn to sew.
This will be a great activity for her.

Robin E.

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Hee-hee! Good one, Amy. I do think this is a great first project activity.

Angela

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This is a cute idea! I may have to drag out the sewing machine to do this!

Sarah Barkley

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These are adorable! I will definitely be making for my rising Kindergartener!

hollie

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My older guys have been wanting to learn to sew, and this is going to be their project!! Thanks!

Robin E.

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This would be a great first sewing project, Hollie! Great idea!

Carla

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I can’t wait to try these! Little sister has been tagging along to our Kindergarten lessons, and I think this would help her get more out of the pre-reading experience!

Melida Palencia

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Love this! I will definitely try it out! Thank you.

Melissa

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These are so cute.

Nicki

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I’ve got to make these soon!

Kim

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So creative! What’s more, my crafty teenager will be so excited to make these for her little sister!

Robin E.

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What a great thing for an older sister to do, Kim!

Rebekah

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Wonderful pattern. Can’t wait to make a set

Amanda

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This is so cute!

Rachel Tenison

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Great idea!

Katie Stephens

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Such an awesome idea!

Kristen Mclaughlin

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This is super cool!

Emily

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This will be a great addition to my preschoolers school activities.

Daniele

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Wish I had this when my kids were younger – fabulous idea!

Whitney

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Can’t wait to do this!

Bridgette kosouk

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This looks like fun!

Kristie Simmons

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This is awesome!! Thank you for sharing.

Priscilla Craddock

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Such cute ideas! Can’t wait to try them!

Stacy Clemenson

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This is awesome, I have been looking for a pattern like this for a while! Thank you!

Robin E.

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You are so welcome, Stacy!

Krista Freeman

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What a fun way to learn! My daughter will love this!

Gillian

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Love it! Interactive and sensory, making learning a very concrete experience!

Cindy Curtain

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Awesome idea!

Erica Woods

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Will this work without pinking shears? The letters here look lovely. I think I’ll try making them by hand sewing.

Robin E.

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Erica,
The pinking shears help keep the edges of the fabric from fraying and raveling with use and washing. You can certainly make these without the shears, but the letters will start to look worn and straggling in time.

One alternative is to buy some fray-stop liquid. Dritz Fray Check is one brand available at most places fabric is sold, including Walmart, and is under $5 a bottle. It’s a type of glue that embeds within the fibers of the fabric and keeps it from fraying.

Stacia

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Great idea!

Sarah

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I’ll have to make time to do this with my 4 and 6 year old! Love it!

Rebecca

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Super cute! I would have loved to do this when my children were younger. Love it.

Julia A Cosgrove

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This is really neat. Thanks for the post.

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Julia!

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