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Do you remember those plastic alphabet magnets? They adorned just about every fridge in the neighborhood when I grew up but I don’t see them around anymore.

I could probably find them on Ebay but I decided I’d rather make my own. Made from recycled felt they are technically still plastic but at least I’m helping keep some water bottles out of a landfill.

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You will need:

  • sheets of felt in a variety of colors
  • Poly-Fil
  • embroidery floss
  • tapestry needle
  • copy paper
  • scissors
  • pins
  • hot glue gun or fabric glue

Step 1: Print out letters. I used the font Calibri size 350 but you could freehand the letters for a less uniform look.

Step 2: Cut the paper letters out.

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Step 3: Pin the paper pieces to the felt and cut the letters out. You will need to cut two of each letter out.

Step 4: Using the blanket stitch sew the two pieces together stuffing as you go.

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Step 5: Using a hot glue gun or fabric glue attach the magnets to the back of the letters so the magnet won’t be seen from the front.

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Step 6: Wait for the glue to dry and set then have fun combining letters!

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These would be a great gift for a child learning their ABCs or to spell. The letters are too large to be swallowed but the magnets, if pried loose, could be. You could make the letters without magnets or find very small but strong magnets and stitch them inside. Otherwise just use them with your kids so you can make sure nothing happens.

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