Fabric word art {guest}

Hey there! I’m Emily from 52 Mantels.
I’m so excited to be here at I Heart Naptime, sharing with you a simple art project for my daughter’s room! I’ve recently revamped her nursery to include a space for toy and book storage. I reclaimed one corner of her room and created a little reading nook. The toys (in theory) hide in baskets and totes and the books are displayed on ikea photo ledges. After hanging our new shelves and displaying the books, I decided I needed a piece of art to sit next to the books. Enter this easy project! Burlap+ scrap fabric+ an inexpensive frame= easy Fabric Word Art. Mine says READ, but I could see this saying any number of things (play. enjoy. dream. home…the list goes on!).

Fabric Word Art


picture frame (I chose 8×10 for my project)
fabric scraps, about 3-square inches per letter
burlap or alternate plain fabric, large enough to fill your frame
fusible web (mine is heavy duty)
a single button
letter stencils
iron/ironing board
1) gather your supplies and make sure each fabric scrap is large enough to accommodate your letter 2) iron the fabric pieces to one side of the fusible web (according to package instructions) 3) trace your letter stencils onto the backs of the fabric scrap, one letter per fabric scrap. Make sure you trace it backwards so that it faces forward when you iron it on! 4) cut out the letter and removed the paper backing

**the next steps can be reversed, per your desire. I chose to iron on the letters AFTER the burlap was framed, but you could iron on the letters and then frame the burlap. Whatever is easiest for you!

5) place your burlap into the frame, over the glass 6) arrange your letters into the frame and CAREFULLY iron them on to the burlap. This worked for me because my entire iron fit inside my frame. If your frame is smaller than the length and width of your iron, this would not work for you. In that case, iron on the letters before framing! 7) using hot glue, attach a cute button as your period!

I propped my art on the book ledge and called it complete. I think it adds the perfect touch!
I added a cubby storage unit from Target and some cute bins and now my daughter has a brand new toy/book nook in her room! To see her full nursery tour before I made this little change, go here.


Come see me sometime at 52 Mantels, a blog about all things home including weekly mantel makeovers, easy DIY projects, seasonal crafts and simple recipes! I’m blessed to be the stay-at-home mother to one adorable little girl and the lucky wife to an ever-supportive hubby (who puts up with my endless projects!).



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Jamielyn Nye

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Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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11 comments on “Fabric word art {guest}”

  1. This is super cute! Love the colors!

  2. Love this idea! How cute!

  3. I love this idea! I also love the cardboard looking frame next to it. I would love more info on that!

    • Thanks Jeni! The frame was actually made by a friend of mine for my baby shower. She had my daughter’s sonogram picture in it and used it as shower decor. Super cute, huh?! I think it’s just an unfinished frame from the craft store that she covered in fun paper.

      Thanks for having me over today, Jamielyn!

  4. This is SUPER CUTE! Love the nursery! XO, Aimee

  5. Very cute, Emily! I love that you used a button as a period! Your fabrics are really fun, too!

  6. I love how it looks on the shelf with the other frames! And the fabric you chose is so pretty. Great tutorial!

  7. Gorgeous as ever, Emily! What an absolutely darling space!!

  8. Ahhhh, I love your design sense! Her nursery is so dang cute, and I adore this new word art and the little reading corner. I am about to embark on a redo of Anna’s room. Your details really make the room, love it all!!!

  9. Oh, Emily! Can I tell you again how much I LOVE your style? Seriously, so adorable! Great job!! XO

  10. What a sweet addition to a reading nook. I would love to create an initial or even a sign with a holiday theme using a similar technique. It would also look great at a party accessory! Thanks for the idea.

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