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DIY Felt and Vinyl Alphabet Matching Game


A big thank you to Expressions Vinyl for sponsoring this post. Affliliate links may be used.

Hi there my crafty peeps! How's your summer shaping up so far?

I've got a fun and colorful craft project to share with you today. If you've got preschool aged kids or grandkids, this little alphabet activity book matching game has quickly become a HUGE hit at my house. And the good news is that it's super quick to work up and sewing is optional. Anyone can make this book!

Also, Expressions Vinyl is giving away a $50 gift card to their store, so be sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the post to enter. The odds are looking pretty good so far and I sure would love one of you to win!

Alphabet matching game made with heat transfer vinyl

The matching game is shaped like a book and has little felt letter squares that your child can match to the letters inside the book. 

Alphabet Book Craft

The front cover even has a pocket to store all of the letters!

Craft this cute preschool matching game out of felt and heat transfer vinyl.

The blank back page is the perfect place for your child to practice making words.


So fun, right? Let me show you how I made it so you can make one too.

You will need:
  
Felt Alphabet Activity Book

White Easy Weed Heat Transfer Vinyl
Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl
2 matching felt sheets, approximately 9" x 12"
1 white felt scrap approximately 6" x 7"
26 felt pieces cut into 2" x 2" squares

Step 1. In Silhouette Design Studio, choose a font and type out the letters of the alphabet, then double it since you'll need two of each letter. Size the letters to fit within a two inch square. Helpful hint: Double check to make sure the letter W fits within two inches, since it's usually the widest letter. MIRROR the letters, then adjust the cut settings for heat transfer vinyl. Insert the heat transfer vinyl into the Silhouette shiny side down, then let the machine cut out your alphabets!

Cutting Heat Transfer Vinyl with the Silhouette Machine

Step 2. Once the cut job is done, weed the extra vinyl, leaving the letters stuck to the clear backing paper.

How to use craft vinyl to make words

They should look something like this:

Mirror image, then peel away excess, leaving design on clear backing paper

Step 3. Cut each letter apart.

Tricks for using heat transfer vinyl

Step 4. Save one set of letters for later. Iron the other letters onto the felt squares.

Make a cute felt alphabet matching game!

Step 5. Peel away the clear backing paper and the vinyl should be stuck to the felt.

Peel clear paper backing away after ironing

Step 6. Iron the other set of letters to the two full sized sheets of felt. 

DIY this cute book to teach kids their alphabet

Step 7. Sandwich the two sheets together so that the letters are touching and sew one edge together to make a book. You could also hot glue the pages together if you are sew-a-phobic.

Alphabet matching game DIY

Step 8. Next, go back to Silhouette Design Studio and write out whatever words you would like on the pocket. I simply wrote, "My Alphabet Book" but this would be a great chance to customize the book with a child's name.

If you choose a cursive font, weld the letters together, then mirror the image. DON'T FORGET TO MIRROR!

The cut settings for glitter heat transfer vinyl should be set to BLADE:4  SPEED:4  THICKNESS:18. 

Load the glitter heat transfer vinyl into the machine with the shiny side down, then cut out your design.

Step 9. Cut a pocket piece from felt. Mine was about 6"x 7". Iron the glitter words to the front of the pocket. I sewed a decorative line around the edges of my pocket, but that is totally optional.

Create a personalized felt book for kids

Step 10. Use hot glue to attach the pocket to the front of the book. Run a small bead of hot glue around the left, bottom and right edges of the pocket and DO NOT put any glue on the top edge... or it won't be much of a pocket. Ha ha!

Alphabet Matching Game from felt and craft vinyl

Now you can fill the pocket with all of the letter squares and the project is complete!

Alphabet matching game made from felt

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