1-20151023_201126For the Mini-Maker Faire I needed to make up a quick sign I could hang from my table.  And I wanted to make it from things I had laying around the house. This fabric scrap and wood sign is the result. The design is fairly simple, requiring only the ability to use scissors, a drill, and an iron, and it’s an excellent way to use of scraps from your sewing projects. 

Materials

  • 1/4-inch thick birch plywood, 32 x 6 inches
  • 24-inches chain with 1/2 inch wide links
  • Fabric scraps
  • Medium-heavy interfacing
  • White glue

Equipment

  • Scissors
  • Drill
  • fine grain sandpaper (220 or so)
  • needlenose pliers
  • small paint brush

Step 1: Prep Your Wood

Select a strip of wood that is large enough to accommodate the words you want on your sign.

Carefully mark and drill two holes in the upper corners of the sign large enough to accommodate your chain. Sand the full surface smooth.

Step 2: Connect Chain

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Separate your chain into two parts.

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Open the bottom link of each length of chain and loop through the holes in your plank. Use the needlenose pliers to close the links.

Step 3: Create & Cut Lettering

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Layout your letters in Word or Illustrator. I used the Kefa font in Illustrator for my “Squirrel Brain” sign. Print.

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Cover your paper template with clear tape to make your stencil sturdier. Cut out the letters, being careful to retain the white outside of the lettering.

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If you’re using multi-colored scraps, layout the colors in the order you want to use them. Layout the fabric on your interfacing and fuse it together.

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Flip your stencil over to invert the letters and draw the letters onto the back of your interfacing. Cut out.

Step 4: Glue Lettering

Finally we’re in the home stretch. Using some blue painters tape, mark out where you want the lettering to sit. Space out the lettering along the blue tape.

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Mix a small amount of water with white glue to thin it slightly. Using a paintbrush, carefully spread the glue on the back of each letter and tack in place. Cover with wax paper and weigh down the letters until they’ve dried.