Sunday, February 15, 2009

Valentines Day - Class Mailboxes

I created felt mailboxes for each student in Natalie's class for Valentine's Day. A basic box construction with a flap and a hole cut in the top for valentine's and the words MAIL in felt glued along the bottom. I made 23 of these in 2 nights after work. I hope they enjoy them on Tuesday at their Valentine's Party. Please excuse my mess :)

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Class Valentine Gifts - Hot Chocolate Pockets

My dd Natalie and I created these Hot Chocolate Pockets for her class a few years ago. This is the first project she created with her sewing machine We created some felt pockets to hold hot chocolate and her valentine cards. I think she did a great job sewing her pockets and I only had to help a little. These were very simple to make but let me know if you need more detail. I wanted the tags to say "You Warm my heart Valentine" but she wanted them to say "Happy Valentines Day" so she won since they were her pockets. I cut the pockets and she cut the hearts. I stamped the images and she colored them in. It was a joint effort. They were a hit with the class and very cheap to pull off.

Felt Food Tutorial - Pie Slice

I hosted a felt food swap on 2peas. My contribution was a slice of cherry pie. I'm going to attempt through pictures to show you how I made this slice of pie. Here are the components:

I used a pair of pinking shears to cut the notches in the brown felt to make it look like fancy crust.

I topstiched the brown felt onto the top of the cherry fabric trying to get the cherries to show through some of the holes in the felt.

Take one of the long red pieces and put right sidestogether and sew along the outer edge.

Sew the other red strip on the opposite side.

Here's what it should look like after this step:

Now take the bottom piece right sides together and sew to one red strip. Then stretch it to the other red strip and sew it to the other side of the bottom piece.

This is what it should look like.

The end may have an opening at this point so sew straight across it to ensure it comes to a point.

After you sew across the edge,trim the excess so it doesn't bulk at the end after turning.

At this point turn the fabric and make sure you do not have any holes around the perimeter and at the end.

To make the crust take the long piece of felt and fold in half. Then take the smaller piece of felt that has been cut with the pinking shears and place on top. Sew across the top about 1/2 inch away from the pinking shear cut to hold together.

I will be back to post on how I stuffed and sewed the crust on.