Shortly after school started I was on the phone with one of my aunts. She was headed to town super excited to meet the rest of my family for the first football game of the season. High school football games are usually a big deal in most towns but in small towns they’re a Friday night event. Football in the South is definitely a rite of passage and spending time cheering in the stands with friends and family is great way to celebrate fall.
With this in mind I thought I would be fun to re-imagine the varsity school letter. If you’re not familiar with this concept the varsity letter is earned for excellence in high school sports/activities. It’s usually worn on a jacket or sweater. If you saw our fall porch tour yesterday, you may have seen the pillow already so today I thought I would share how you can make one too. Here’s what you’ll need to get started…(Affiliate links have been provided in this post for your convenience. You can read our full disclosure policy here ).
Pillow Insert (we down alternative pillow forms, similar here)
Brown Felt (or color of your choice)
Gray Felt (or color of our choice)
Brown Velvet Ribbon (or color of your choice)
Gray Ribbon (or color of your choice)
Fabric Glue (I used Liquid Stitch which you can find at most craft stores or here)
Fabric Cutting Scissors (You can find my favorite here)
Computer, printer, varsity style font
Gather your supplies including a pillow cover of your choice and
a printed copy of the letter you want to use on your pillow. You can download a varsity style font online for free.
Carefully cut the letter out using caution and care as scissors will be sharp. This will become your pattern.
Place the letter on top of the brown felt (or color of your choice) and use a piece of chalk or white pencil to outline the letter.
Carefully cut the letter out using caution and care as scissors will be sharp.
Cut a second piece of fabric (I used gray but you can use whatever color you want) approximately 8.5 x 10 inches. This will become the background for the varsity style letter. This is also the time to iron your fabric if you aren’t going for a vintage/worn look.
Use Liquid Stitch to secure the gray fabric square to the pillow cover. Allow glue to dry completely.
Use Liquid Stitch to secure the varsity style letter to the fabric square. Allow glue to dry completely.
Next use a ribbon of your choice to outline the letter. I used gray ribbon to outline the brown varsity style letter. Use Liquid Stitch to secure the ribbon to the letter. Allow glue to dry completely. Finally use a different colored ribbon to outline the fabric square. I used brown velvet ribbon to outline the gray square but you can use whatever color you want.
After you put all of these steps together, your pillow cover will look like this.
When you place the pillow insert into the pillow cover, it will look like this. So cute, right?
The colors are neutral enough to use inside or outside year-round. I love the way it added a little bit of pizazz to the front porch for fall.