Hi, all! It's Steph Jacobson, and I'm here to share a great road trip-friendly kid activity you can make quick and easy. Summer vacation this year will look a little different and if you had any big travel plans booked, chances are you're adjusting the destinations or transportation. This tutorial uses the GO! Carefree Alphabet Sets to whip up a fun ABC matching game perfect for long car rides, camping or hotel stays. (Seriously...this went together so quickly you still have plenty of time to make one in time for your next big adventure!)
Like I mentioned, I used the GO! Carefree Alphabet Sets so that I had upper and lowercase letters. That way kids can practice recognizing upper and lower cases, but you could also use appliqué shapes to help more advanced kiddos match words that start with the different letters or even practice spelling. Get creative with your scraps and even work in different colors or add shapes to the back so they can practice those too!
- AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter
- GO! Carefree Alphabet Uppercase Set (#55092)
- GO! Carefree Alphabet Lowercase Set (#55491)
- GO! 5" (4½" finished) square die (#55010) OR GO! 5" (4½" finished) strip die (#55023)
- 2 yards medium-weight denim or canvas fabric
- 1 yard Moda Bella red solid (or solid fabric of your choice)
- HeatnBond Ultrahold iron-on adhesive
Alphabet Card Instructions
Using the GO! 5" square die or GO! 5" strip die, cut 112 5" squares from the denim (or canvas) fabric then set aside.
Cut 4 pieces of solid fabric and 4 pieces of HeatnBond Ultrahold iron-on adhesive measuring 10" x 24". (For simplicity, I chose to make all the letters from one color of fabric. You could make a scrappier version using multiple colors of letters which would provide additional elements of matching and sorting by color.)
Following the manufacturers directions, fuse the Heat-n-Bond to the WRONG side of each piece of red fabric.
Place one piece of red fabric on each die board to cut a complete set each of uppercase and lowercase letters.
On the GO! Carefree Alphabet Uppercase set, place the fabric/HeatnBond pieces with the fabric facing DOWN against the foam and the HeatnBond facing UP. On the GO! Carefree Alphabet Lowercase set, place the fabric/HeatnBond pieces with the fabric facing UP and the paper side of the HeatnBond facing DOWN against the foam. Not doing so will result in backwards letters. (Go ahead...ask me how I know.)
Once you have a full uppercase and lowercase letter set cut, peel the paper backing off each letter and fuse one letter to the center of one denim (or canvas) square according to the manufacturer's directions. I decided to use HeatnBond Ultrahold so I wouldn't have to stitch/embroider around each letter. (112 letters is a LOT of letters!) You can embroider the letters if you choose, but it's not necessary with the Ultrahold product.
Place one blank denim/canvas square on one letter square right sides together. Stitch around each square using a ¼" seam allowance and leaving a small (1 to 2 inch) opening in the middle of one side for turning. Repeat for each letter.
Clip the corners of each letter card taking care not to clip the stitching.
Turn each square letter card right side out through the opening. If needed, carefully use a stiletto or other similar tool for the corners. Press.
Top stitch each letter card close to the edge making sure to stitch the opening closed.
These letter cards are so simple to make but can provide a lot of imaginative fun. Again, in addition to the intended use as a game to match each uppercase letter to its corresponding lowercase counterpart, there are many other possibilities. Use them like flashcards to learn their letters.
Use them to practice spelling. (Teach then how to spell the REALLY important words first.)
Leave them fun messages to find. Practice spelling their name.The possibilities are endless!