Tutorial: Yarn Covered Monogram Letter

by Sam

in Tutorials


This monogram letter is very simple to make and will look great in a craft room or family room.  Simply choose the letter that means the most to you to display in your home.  I also love projects like these because they use hardly any tools and materials but still look great.

Materials:

Paper Mache Letter
Yarn
Tape

Tools:

Scissors

These paper mache letters (I picked mine up at my local Joann, but they are also available online) are available in multiple sizes.  I used one that’s 8″ tall for my project.  Since S is my first initial, this is the letter I chose and the one I used for this tutorial.  I realized half way into the project that this is likely one of the more difficult letters to cover with yarn.  Whoops!  Letters with straight lines like A, E, F, H, etc. would be much more simple.  Letters with curves like B, C, J, S, etc. just require a bit more patience to get around the curves of the letters.

To start, we’re going to cover the two ends of the letter.  Tape one end of the yarn to the back of your letter facing up.

Begin wrapping close to the edge of the letter.  Wrap 4 of 5 times around.

Push the yarn to the very edge of the letter and continue wrapping.  Be careful the yarn doesn’t slide off the edge as you work with it.

Wrap the yarn in an X as shown.  Pull the yarn tight as you wrap and make sure you minimize the amount of bulkiness of this section.  You only really need to worry about the very edge of the letter, as everything else will be covered up when you wrap the rest of the letter.

When you’re done wrapping this edge, cut and tape the end of the yarn to the back of the letter.

Repeat the same process for the other edge of the letter.

To begin wrapping the entire letter, start on one edge of the S and tape the end of the yarn.  I worked from the skein of yarn so I don’t know how much yarn it actually takes, but it was definitely a bunch.  I definitely suggest working from the skein of yarn for this step.

As you wrap your yarn you’ll get a feel for how to work with it around the curves of the letter.  The yarn will be more dense on the inside edge than on the outside edge.

I found that it worked well to push the yarn at the inside edge together as I wrapped, to make more room.  I also overlapped a bit as I went around the corners, however make sure it’s not too obviously overlapped since you want it to look uniform.

While wrapping and moving around the letter to do so, be sure you don’t knock the yarn on the other side loose.  I did this about half way through and since it’s wrapped tightly, I couldn’t get it back on and had to redo the top section.

You may want to tape the top section to reinforce that it stays put.  Since most of it will be covered you can just wrap right over the tape.

When you get to the very end of the letter, weave your yarn through the back of the letter, pull tight, and snip it off.

You’re done!  I’d love to see one of these don’t with multi-colored yarn, as well as different types of yarns.  I think it would look great with a really thick, cozy yarn as well.  I also think that I may have to get a giant letter to cover since this one turned out so good and it was so simple.

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1 nata July 31, 2011 at 12:17 am

brilliant…thanks so much for this tutorial!!

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2 Tipling October 12, 2011 at 2:57 pm

I am making this today, so cute, thank you!

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3 Patty October 14, 2011 at 6:55 pm

How would you wrap the letter Z to get around the corners? Your tutorial helps, but I am stuck.

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4 Debbie November 19, 2011 at 11:03 pm

How much yArn would you say is needed? Thanks for the tut!

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5 stephanie December 30, 2011 at 3:13 am

So so cute! I want to make a “B” but I can’t, for the life of me, figure out how to wrap around the section between the 2 curves. (The middle “joint” where the “line” and “3″ meet)… Wow that was alot of quotes! lol

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6 Likia January 30, 2012 at 6:01 pm

I really like this, I am definitely try this :)

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7 Susan @ The Weekly Sweet Experiment February 22, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Wow – thanks for the great tutorial. I am trying to make an “R” tonight! Pinned it!

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8 Danielle December 9, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Thank you so much for the tutorial! I needed help with the edges and this helped a lot. My mother likes to collect the first letter of her last name for her office decor so this will be her Christmas gift!

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9 Marci January 8, 2013 at 8:27 am

What is the easiest & quickest way to wrap the letter B with yarn/string? HELP!! I’m on a time crunch and can’t seem to get started without in-raveling and starting over! Thanks a bunch!

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10 Sabrina May 28, 2013 at 2:04 pm

I did a bunch of yarn letters for my nieces nursery and my sister picked a really difficult font with a lot of curves. For the hard curves/edges I cut short pieces of yarn and glued them across difficult egdes and curves with a hot glue gun then wrapped the glued peices under yarn. I also used this technique to fill in gaps where the yarn seperated/slid down on a curve. It worked pretty well. The front is tight and clean but the back is a bit of a mess, but I’m hanging them so it doesnt really matter.

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11 maria October 14, 2013 at 4:18 pm

donde se compran esas letras? gracias

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12 Barbara June 25, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Great idea! Thank you. How would you do the A?

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