Free Alphabet Applique Pattern

free alphabet applique pattern from Shiny Happy World

The words I added to my last two quilts make me so happy! Now I want to go back and remake all my old quilts with words – but I’m probably going to have to leave that to you. 🙂

These are the same letters that came with the Noisy Farm quilt and the Beep! Beep! quilt. If you’re making blocks to add to other quilts, cut the word blocks 6″ x 10″ and then (after quilting and applique) trim them to 5 1/2″ x 10 1/2″ to get blocks exactly half the size of your square blocks for easy mixing and matching. You can easily fit most 5-letter words into one of these blocks. . .

free alphabet applique pattern from Shiny Happy World

If you go to six letters, it might require a little squishing. . .

free alphabet applique pattern from Shiny Happy World

. . . or a lot of squishing. . .

free alphabet applique pattern from Shiny Happy World

If you need more than six letters, I recommend cutting a larger block. That’s what I did for cock-a-doodle-doo up in the corner of this quilt.

Noisy Farm Quilt pattern from Shiny Happy World

So. Here are the super basic instructions. Find more detailed fusible applique instructions (with videos) here.

Download the pattern here. It comes with all the letters the right way (for needle-turn applique) and reversed (for the applique with fusible adhesive technique I’m showing here).

Trace the reversed image of the letter onto the paper side of your fusible adhesive. Roughly cut around it.

free alphabet applique pattern from Shiny Happy World

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and fuse it to the back of the fabric.

free alphabet applique pattern from Shiny Happy World

Cut it out as neatly as you can.

free alphabet applique pattern from Shiny Happy World

Peel off the paper and fuse the letter to your finished piece. Stitch around it if you like. Some adhesives require stitching – so read the label before you decide to skip it.

free alphabet applique pattern from Shiny Happy World

Add words to your quilts, pillows, tote bags and more. Add your kids’ names to everything they own. Have fun with it!

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  1. Louise SAYS...

    Thanks! Free on a Friday is fun! Have a great weekend.

  2. Malubo SAYS...

    Thank you!!!!!

  3. Regina Roza SAYS...

    Thanks so much Wendi!! Your alphabet adds whimsy….love your lettering!! <3

    • Thanks! I hope you get a chance to use them! 🙂

  4. Sandy SAYS...

    Thank you so much! I’ve been trying to use a Cricut to cut our letters, with mixed results. This will be so much easier. Plus the font is so cute!

    • I’m intrigued by the die-cutting machines out there, but I’ve never tried one.

  5. Mel Todd SAYS...

    Although I have drawn out the alphabet myself THIS makes it just SO MUCH easier! Once again thank you for sharing xxx

    • You can always print an alphabet too, using any of the great fonts out there – and resize it for what you need. But I thought it would be handy to have one just the right style and size to work with my quilts. 🙂

  6. Marian Pena SAYS...

    sew cute, ty

  7. Flo SAYS...

    This is such a great site, it makes me smile just to look at all the lovely things that are here.
    Thank you so much for sharing. I look forward to your newsletter all the time


    Thank you so much for this!!!

  9. Caroline SAYS...

    Thank you 🙂

  10. Jenny SAYS...

    Thanks Wendy! Always look forward to your updates. Everything is so cute and you are so generous that it always brightens my day! 🙂

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  12. ascular SAYS...

    Thank you very much. They are so really cute and useful

    • ascular SAYS...

      By the way, do you have upper case letter as well? Thank you!

  13. Brooks SAYS...

    Just had to say thank you for the pattern!!! What a HUGE blessing!! Blessings to you!

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  15. Jill Duck SAYS...

    Many thanks for the Alphabet pattern, It was very thoughtful to print the reverse as well

      • Martha SAYS...

        The Alphabet is great! Would you consider a pattern with numbers? I like to put the birth date on the baby quilts I make.

        • I’m actually working on a set of numbers now! I just sent them off to the digitizer and should have them back next week. 🙂

  16. Janet Lucille Knoblock SAYS...

    I have invested in a ScanNCut2 cutting machine that if I had a pdf file I can convert to a cut file and cut out all my appliqués that way. Is there a way I can save the Woodland Creatures I purchased to individual pdf’s? thank you for your time and consideration.

  17. Judy G SAYS...

    Thanks so much! This is just in time for me to work with my granddaughter on a Row by Row project.

  18. Char Dunn SAYS...

    Best of luck on your move! !! Purple houses are for HAPPY SHINY PEOPLE! !! I’M SO TICKLED THAT YOU GET TO HAVE A PURPLE HOUSE!!!
    We use bright happy colors in quilts, then build taupe brown houses! Womp womp !!!
    No matter how many places there are on the Web to looK at, this site has always been my favorite! ! Have a happy safe move!!

  19. Thank you for the applique pattern, I went back and got the letters too. Good luck with the moving and congratulations to your husband.

  20. Cheenu SAYS...

    Thanks. Very useful 🙂

  21. Nana Whittington SAYS...

    I’m new to sppliqueing. After fusing is there no sewing around it for embroidery look?

    • It depends on what fusible you use – some require sewing and some don’t. I use Heat & Bond Lite in all my quilts and then sew around the edges using a simple straight stitch about 1/8 inch from the raw edge.

  22. Martha SAYS...

    Thank you so much for this adorable font! Hugs!

  23. rose davy SAYS...

    This looks really good, but the ‘a’ is not the style I would choose. For a child’s quilt I would prefer an a like this type – a rather than the old fashioned type (can’t see how to show it here) that you use. Children aren’t taught to use the old style.

  24. Laura Daniels SAYS...

    i am new at this is there a fabric your recommend for letters to put on a pillow . I plan to sew around the edges also.

    • Quilting cotton (100% woven cotton) works great.

  25. Gail C Wheeler SAYS...

    Hi Wendi,
    Just the type of lettering I was looking for, and great to have the reverse lettering available – I usually have to create it myself. And so nice of you to provide for free 🙂 Happy sewing.

  26. Mireille S Hatchell SAYS...

    Hi Wendi,
    Thank you so much for your generosity in sharing this lettering pattern. Just what I was looking for. I want to make chef hats for our two great grand children ( 7 and 5 yrs. old) and add their names. Of course I’ll have to slightly reduce the size of the letterings, no problem. Blakke and Chloee stay with us one weekend every month. I treasure these times with them and try to plan fun things to do with them. One of the things we’ll do this time is bake together in the kitchen and they’ll have their chef’s hat to wear. Thanks again!

  27. Thank you so much for your generosity in sharing these letters! I’m about to start making my grandbaby a ‘quiet book’ for her second birthday and these letters are exactly what I was looking for! Many thanks from New Zealand 🙂

  28. Helen Clark SAYS...

    Many thanks, could I ask do you have this in uppercase too?
    Regards Helen

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