Tutorial: Mod Podge Letters

I’m a little bit late to the whole Mod Podge scene, I am ashamed to admit.  In my own defense, I’m more of a sewer than a crafter, but back at the beginning of July I picked up this cardboard “Y” at Joann Fabrics.  I had a 40% coupon (love those!) and a vision in my head.  I envisioned Mod Podging this “Y” with a bunch of photos of our family.  Alas, I didn’t buy a big enough letter.  I may still try it some day with a larger “Y”.

So sat on our mantle this lonely little “Y”.  
Naked and lonely-looking little “Y”.  

Then I had the idea to cover the whole thing using fabric from a charm pack that I won a while back.  The “Y” is finally looking pretty and cheerful!  I’m sure you all can figure this out on your own, but here’s the tutorial anyway:

Mod Podge Patchwork Letter

Here’s what you’ll need (plus a pair of scissors or pinking shears):

  • cardboard letter
  • Mod Podge
  • spongey brush
  • scraps of fabric (I cut charm pack squares into quarters)

Step One: Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to a section of the cardboard letter and begin laying your scraps of fabric over it.  As you cover the bare spots you will begin to layer a bit.

If you come to a section of your letter where there is an angle, just cut a slit in the fabric and Mod Podge the two pieces down.

Step Two: Begin covering any smaller bare spots that may be exposed.  I cut smaller scraps to cover them.  See that little triangular bare spot on the right arm of the “Y”?  I almost missed it.  Yikes!

Step Three: Once you have the entire front and sides of the letter covered, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge over the fabric.  Be careful not to peel back the edges of the scraps of fabric as you go.  This is a little bit tricky because of all of the different ways that the pieces of fabric lay.

Step Four: When you look at the back of the letter you’ll have a bunch of pieces of fabric of different lengths flapping around.  Cut them to about 1/4″ – 1/2″ and Mod Podge those down as well.  Unless you think the back of your letter will show I wouldn’t worry about covering the back of your letter, but you certainly can if you want to!

You know you want to do this too…
this is one of the best things about working with glue.
Reminds me of being in elementary school.

There you have it!
What letter will you cover?

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  1. That is SUCH a cute idea!

  2. That is an awesome idea! I’m always looking for something to spruce up the room a bit! Visiting over from SITS! Love your blog! :)

  3. Adrianne says:

    I have not mod podged anything yet. I bought a tub of it after seeing lots of fun projects but haven’t worked up to it yet, lol! Everyone said it was easy but SEEING it being easy makes all the difference! Thanks for the boost to my confidence, I’m so glad you linked up at freestyle Friday!


  4. Terrie says:

    Lovely idea. I got some fabric scraps. This drives me to have a go. Thanks for sharing

  5. I love this! And I have bookmarked it so I can make this :)

    Found you through Happy Hour Projects and I am off to follow you!

  6. i’ve never done modge podge either! looks great :)

    and p.s. i realized that i never did respond to your comment – i blame no-sleep-baby-brain… would love to get together next time you are up visiting!!

  7. hope says:

    i’m a huge modge podge fan!! i’ve used lots and lots of paper for projects (hazards of a scrapper) but never fabric — i’ve got my wheels turning for some Christmas crafts now!! thanks!

  8. Pam says:

    Love this idea so much! We have tons of fabric that would work for this! (I’m thinking this is going to be a darling baby gift for my new great nephew.)

  9. Jenny, this is so cute! And I love peeling it from my fingers. It gets all over my steering wheel too. Hahaha!

  10. Glad you hopped on the Mod Podge wagon! I am an addict! :) Isn’t it just the best?!?! Your Y looks great. Love it.

    ~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking Come find me on my blog, A Mother Seeking…

  11. I love this project? Fun for the kids!

  12. Anonymous says:

    I’m going to try this!!! I think this would be fun for the kids.


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