Nailhead Trim Leather Upholstered Letter
So, when I was asked to be part of Knocktoberfest (isn‚Äôt 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 ‚ÄúB‚Äù 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.
I found the large paper mache ‚ÄúP‚Äù 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.
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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.
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.
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.
Tip for gluing ‚Äì 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 ‚Äì 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.
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.
But for now, I love it right where it is.
Wishing you a great day!