Sunday, October 28, 2012

Making a Lettered Sign

 I thought I'd show you how to make a lettered sign.

 It's also the same method I used for The Raven book cover shown here. Here's what I started with. I think it's a panel from an old door. It's got that just right chippy texture.
I used photoshop and chose a font and printed out my word in the size I needed.

I used sewing tracing paper and placed the image on the board where I wanted it. I traced over the outline of the letters with a pencil to transfer the letters.

Next I used black sharpie, because I have better control  than with a paint brush, and outlined each letter.

Then color in the letters.
I lightly sanded to age the letters and it also hides any weird edges.

And there you have it. Ready to hang.
I 've added some new zipper bags to my Etsy Shop. These are made out of vintage sheets, except for  a few made of cute Riley Blake fabrics. This time I used yo-yo's. Love these!  I love all the mix of colors and the softness. 
Go check them out. They make great gifts.
The winner of the Fall Giveaway is LV from Thoughts From Meme's Corner.Congratulations LV!  I'll be sending  a package of fall goodies your way.Thank you for all your comments on my 200th post.  Thinking of everybody in the path of the hurricane. My son is visiting his best friend and he's in New York so I'm very nervous. Hopefully it won't be as bad as they are predicting. Batten down the hatches!


  1. Love the laundry sign. With all our festivities, I didn't touch a bit of laundry over the weekend. Maybe a fun sign would help me get excited to get caught up!

  2. Cool laundry sign!
    Congrat's to the winner! Thank you for having this giveaway.

  3. What perfect timing! I'm making a new sign for my kitchen and never thought of using sewing transfer paper. How clever! Thanks so much for the tip.

    Love those cute zipper bags too!


  4. The sign looks great!! Thanks for sharing the instructions!! And your zipper purses are sweet!!


  5. Love how you cute sign came out!! So creative you are!!! Adorable zipper pouches!! ;) xo Heather

  6. Love your sign...The pouches are so cute...Thinking of your son..smiles..Renee

  7. Hi Leslie!
    Sorry to be tardy in wishing you a happy 200th post! Congrats to LV!

    Thinking of your son in NY - we've got family and friends there too.

    Your pouches are darling and your sign is so much fun. I think you mustn't sleep at night, you're such a busy bee. Oh, I take that back - I don't sleep and I get nothing done. ;)

    Happy Halloweenie week to you!

  8. Love your sign! It turned out wonderfully! :) What gorgeous zipper pouches! I love your yo-yo's! I have started on a yo-yo pillow cover. Since I do not own a sewing machine (it's on my Christmas list) I'll be doing this one by hand. Wish me luck! lol
    Congratulations LV! You are a very luck gal! I think all of us were eyeing Leslie's giveaway goodies like a hawk! :)
    P.S. Make sure you stop by my blog and enter my giveaway!

  9. That sign looks just like the kind you would pay big bucks for. Yours is fantastic!

    So mad I missed your giveaway, but congrats to LV!

    Praying that Sandy fizzles out, so that your son will be perfectly safe!

  10. Your sign is perfect to hang in a laundry room to cover up ugly plumbing and wiring!

    Congrats to LV on winning your giveaway!

  11. Congrats to LV and your little bags are so cute. Love the yo-yo touch! We make our signs the exact same way! I found my Sharpie pen was too purple, so I had to go back to painting, which isn't near as speedy. Love the wood for your sign too! :)

  12. Thank you, Leslie, for the outstanding tutorial. I have an old door from the sailboat that my husband had when we met. What a great way to bring new life to it and add a touch of whimsy to my home.
    I love your darling pockets...You have been very busy!
    I hope you have a great week, my sweet friend,
    Carolynn xo

  13. Hi!
    Thanks for stopping by today and checking out the doll house.:)
    Congrats to LV for winning. She's so sweet.
    Great tut on the sign, and what a great idea to use an old door panel. It's perfect!
    Hope your son and everybody is safe during the storm.

  14. Congrats L V !Love the Laundry signs! Thanks for sharing ! The bags are wonderful!

  15. Such a great tip. I always wondered how to make the letters so neatly. You are so creative! Elizabeth

  16. You did such a wonderful job on your sign. Using a sharpie for filling in the letters is a great idea. Your pouches are super cute too.


  17. What a great idea. Thank you so much for sharing.

  18. Love the tutorial and the outcome is amazing! Adore your handmade zipper bags, so cute! xo's Pam

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  20. Hey! Thank you for doing this tutorial on the board! I have one just like it that I've been wanting to put a word on (can't decide what word yet), but thought I was going to have to buy stencils!
    This is so much better. Hope your son is ok in NY!
    Erica :)

  21. I love your vintage looking laundry sign! Your bags are darling. I've had a pattern to make those for awhile, but just haven't. I never thought of using vintage sheets - great idea and so cute! I'm going to start following you on Linky. :)