Wowza- been a minute. I could write a novel about the last two months. There’s quite a few new things happening around here and I’ve been itching to start writing again. It’s such an outlet for me to be able to share my projects and ideas on here with you all! So, while I still may write a post about everything new going on, I thought I would first share another fun little project you might want to do for your little’s! A cute-sie felt name garland!
Sawyer and Peyton have been saying for months that when we get a new house they want to share a room & get bunk beds! (Cue mom-heart-attack, how long until they fall out of the top bunk??) Anyways, I have been thinking about how I will design their room. Since it’s gotta be a uni-sex room I have been thinking about colors, patterns, and other dynamics of the room.
Sawyer is defiantly a girly-girl and loves pink and lots of it. Peyton love orange, blue, and green, typical boyish colors. So my challenge is mixing the masculine with the girly so that neither over takes the room. I still want the space to be fun and childlike without it being an obnoxious rainbow. Sounds fun right? I think so. 😉
I knew I wanted to make their bed a special fun space for them. So, with that in mind, for Valentines day I got them each a special bed sheet set that is unique to them and their style. Sawyer got a unicorn set, Peyton got dump trucks, and Dawsyn got pink bunny sheets. Now, the duvet covers I bought a few months back at Ikea all match and are very neutral but I wanted their sheets to be really fun because they are only kids once. The next way I wanted to make their beds more fun is hanging a name garland on their beds. I love working with felt and it’s so child-friendly. I don’t have to worry about them breaking, ripping anything, or hurting themselves. It was really simple and inexpensive to make. It only requires a few supplies and a few hours of peace and quiet. 😉
- Felt sheets (Hobby Lobby or any craft store)
- Embroidery String (Hobby Lobby or any craft store)
- Sewing Needle
First, choose your felt colors. Like I said above, I am trying to make the room gender neutral with some fun pops of their favorite colors. So for all three I used the same creamy color and a peachy orange, even though Dawsie will be in her own room for awhile, I’m sure one day the girls will be sharing a room so I wanted hers to be cohesive as well. They then each got to pick their favorite color to add to their name. Sawyer picked a bright berry pink, Peyton chose a bright blue, and Dawsyn got a periwinkle color. I then picked a few more fun colors to mix in to make them different for each kiddo; aqua and dark green.
After you chose your colors, now comes the fun part. Hand lettering. If this intimates you, you can always buy letter stencils or print some off of the computer and trace them onto your felt with a washable marker. I just used a kids crayola marker because its what I had on hand. I just drew their name letters by hand. Instead of trying to draw the same letter twice, draw it once and fold the piece of felt together so that you can cut out both sides at one time. If you’re more of a visual learner, you can go over to my Instagram and watch the story highlights I saved.
Once you draw and cut out all the necessary letters, it’s time to sew the pieces together! I used embroidery string and a blanket stitch to sew the two pieces together. (Also have these videos saved to highlights) Having two pieces makes the letter much stronger and more substantial when hanging as a garland.
When all the letters are sewn, then you take a neutral color string and thread it through the tops of the letters to attach the names and create the “garland”. It took me about 6 hours (with a two and a half hour break for dinner) to letter, cut, stitch, and thread the garlands. It was a total of 18 letters for all three of my kids names. I tied them to their Valentines baskets that they opened this morning. It was a really cute way to add some customization to their gifts and it can be used again as decor for their rooms! These would also be super fun to add for a birthday party in a balloon garland or just the first initial of their name to tie to a gift! There’s so many fun options you could do with these fun little letters. My other favorite part is how customization they are! You can choose any color combo you want!
So there you have it, a fun and easy DIY to make for your kiddos! As always, if you give it a try please send me your creations! It’s so fun seeing you all try these ideas! Then I know when I’m writing, people are actually reading, which is such a fulfilling feeling!
Stay tuned for the next few weeks of posts! I have some recipes, moving tips, and more fun announcements in the weeks to come!
Until next time,