P is for Penelope
Fun fact: I actually came up with this project after I unceremoniously burnt my left hand with the hot glue gun while working on the other scrappy project that I mentioned. I was in productivity mode but I could not continue with what I was working on with a super ouchy left hand.
This is the perfect project for all those scrap strips leftover from squaring fabric or trimming edges. All you need is a hot glue gun with glue sticks, scissors, pipe cleaners and scrappy bits of fabric. The amount of pipe cleaners will depend on how big or elaborate you wish your letter to be. I used a total of 6 (tripled) resulting in a P that is about 9″ high by 4″ wide. My local dollar store sells 45-ct packs of craft pipe cleaners for $1 so it would be that much of a hit on the wallet if you wish to obtain extra for the project, just in case.
Step 1: After gathering your materials set everything aside with the exception of the pipe cleaners. I wanted to make a very basic looking P so I just winged the shape but you may want to print, or draw, a template to follow for a more elaborate shape. For the size I wanted I took 6 pipe cleaners and twisted 3 together creating 2 “beefy” pipe cleaners. You may want to twist even more together if you wish for a thicker line. I was happy with a thickness of 3.
Step 2: Overlap then twist together the “beefy” pipe cleaners into your desired shape.
Step 3: You don’t have use this method to just make letters. I also used another 2 “beefy” pipe cleaners to create a nifty heart shape!
Step 4: Add a dab of hot glue and start wrapping your first fabric strip around the shape. I only added glue at the start and end of each strip. I double (and even triple) wrapped some sections when using thinner fabric in order to make the letter have an even thickness.