Nailhead Trim Leather Upholstered Letter

Nailhead Trim Leather Upholstered Letter

So, when I was asked to be part of Knocktoberfest (isn’t that the best name ever?) by Lindsay, I set out to come with ideas.  While my main project was the craft room storage cabinet, I was so captivated with this leather “B” in the Ballard Designs catalog, I had to try to make my own.

So here is my nailhead trim leather upholstered letter.

Say that three times fast.

Craft Room Storage Cabinet

I found the large paper mache “P” at the A.C. Moore craft store by us and I found the roll of nailhead trim and material at Joanne Fabrics.  The material needs to be fairly thin to fold over, so mine is a suede like material that has the subtle shine of leather.  It was very inexpensive.

You can find a similar letter here and you can find the nailhead trim here.

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Materials for DIY Letter Art

I tried a few different methods, but in the end I ran strips down the sides and folded them to the back.  Everything was attached with hot glue.

Upholstered Leather Letter Tutorial

Once the sides were attached, I traced the front on the backside of the fabric with chalk and then cut it out.


I then began gluing from one side and then stretching it tight to the other side.  I waited till I had some of the side attached before I went back in and cut the center of the letter.  This allowed a little extra if I needed it.  I folded over the edges just a bit and glued them down.

Upholstered Leather Letter Art

Then I ran the nailhead trim around all of the sides.  Every few, there is a spot for you to tack in.  Just press right into the paper mache.  When I reached a corner or an end point that did not end with a hole, I used hot glue to attach it.  The trim worked easily around the bends of the letter.

Nailhead Leather Letter

Tip for gluing – if you just run a bead of hot glue, it will leave a lump.  Have something (other than your finger, yes, I burned myself.  Bad) to smooth it down before placing the fabric on it.  I used an old butter knife.

Another tip – I will admit, mine was a bit of mess when I was done, glue strings everywhere.  Use a blow dryer over the whole project to clean up loose glue and strings.

Leather Upholstred Letter

I do have a few bumps and lumps, but overall I am super happy.  And at least you can learn from my bumps and lumps!  I used a few Command strips to attach it to the cork board until I figure out where it is going long term.

DIY Letter Art

But for now, I love it right where it is.


Wishing you a great day!