Sewing Tutorial: Personalized Cup Cozy

Personalized Cup CozyLast week we created our own reversible cup cozy.  This week, we’ll learn how to embellish that same cup cozy to make even more personalized.  The embellishment will be done with removable discs so that you can change the look of your cozy to suite your mood.

To embellish your cozy you will need:

  • Fabric.  You can use a fabric that coordinates with the fabric we used for the cozy body or the same fabric.
  • Sewable, fusible stabilizer. I use Heat N Bond Lite sewable.
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • Snaps – I use KAM snaps
  • Iron
  • The illustrated and detailed Personalized Cup Cozy PDF:  Personalized Cup Cozy.Embellished Cup Cozy

Sewing Tutorial: Felt Turkey Leg

Sewing Tutorial:  Felt Turkey LegWelcome!  Today we’re going to make a felt turkey leg for a Thanksgiving Dinner Set! Play food is a great beginner’s sewing project and can be altered to make food as simple or as fancy as you’d like.

This tutorial will focus on creating the set with a sewing machine, but you could also hand sew the items.  If you don’t sew, you could use felt fabric glue to glue the pieces together.  When making felt foods please keep the age of the child you’re making the project for in mind.  Children who still put things in their mouth should never be given small objects as these would pose a choking hazard.

When making felt food you can use whatever type of felt you desire.  Craft felt is easy to work with, cheap and easily obtainable but it will not wear as well as wool felt.  Craft felt may get pilly over time, but you can wash it with warm soapy water and use a lint shaver to get rid of pills.  If the item doesn’t contain a pipe cleaner or glue, you could even run it through the washing machine.

Wool felt will wear better and last longer.  If you’re creating something that you’d like to pass down from child to child, wool felt is best.  If you plan to use wool felt, you may want to first practice on craft felt so you don’t waste money on the more expensive stuff.  I typically use eco-fi felt which is made of recycled plastic bottles.

Let’s get started!  You will need the following to create your Felt Turkey Leg:

  • Felt in brown and cream/white
  • Polyfil to stuff the turkey leg
  • Scissors
  • Monofilament thread or coordinating thread
  • Sewing machine
  • The fully illustrated and detailed turkey leg template provided here:  Sewing Tutorial – Felt Turkey Leg. Do not scale the file to fit, print as actual size.

You can grab the felt mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, and crinkle carrots by clicking here.  And don’t forget your pie!!

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Sewing Tutorial: Felt Orange Slices

Felt Orange Slice TutorialWelcome!  This is the fourth and final sewing tutorial in a series of four where we will make a felt breakfast set.  Play food is a great beginner’s sewing project and can be altered to make food as simple or as fancy as you’d like.

This tutorial will focus on creating the set with a sewing machine, but you could also hand sew the items.  If you don’t sew, you could use felt fabric glue to glue the pieces together.  When making felt foods please keep the age of the child you’re making the project for in mind.  Children who still put things in their mouth should never be given small objects as these would pose a choking hazard.

When making felt food you can use whatever type of felt you desire.  Craft felt is easy to work with, cheap and easily obtainable but it will not wear as well as wool felt.  Craft felt may get pilly over time, but you can wash it with warm soapy water and use a lint shaver to get rid of pills.  If the item doesn’t contain a pipe cleaner or glue, you could even run it through the washing machine.

Wool felt will wear better and last longer.  If you’re creating something that you’d like to pass down from child to child, wool felt is best.  If you plan to use wool felt, you may want to first practice on craft felt so you don’t waste money on the more expensive stuff.  I typically use eco-fi felt which is made of recycled plastic bottles.

Let’s get started!  You will need the following to create your Felt Orange Slices:

  • Felt Orange Slice MaterialsOrange felt for the outer orange, yellow felt for the inner orange slice (you can choose a bright or dark yellow, doesn’t matter)
  • A small bit of polyfil to stuff the orange slices
  • Scissors
  • Coordinating thread (monofilament thread is nice because it’s clear and will blend with any color)
  • Sewing machine or hand sewing needle
  • Chalk or fabric pen.
  • The Felt Orange Slice Tutorial and Template PDF that contains fully illustrated and detailed instructions.  Do not scale to fit.  Print to size: Felt Orange Slice Tutorial.

You can find the other PDFs for the full breakfast set here:
Bendable Bacon
Eggs
Pancakes with Syrup and Butter

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Sewing Inspiration

I wasn’t able to share most of the Christmas gifts I made before Christmas as I didn’t want the recipients to see them. Since they’ve all been opened, I can share now.  Here are a few of the things I made this holiday season.  And since Christmas was chaotic, I forgot to snap photos of many of the others before I wrapped them up.

Always reading, always learning reversible table runner. Made from selvedge scraps.

Always reading, always learning reversible table runner. Made from selvage scraps.

Date Night Clutch

Date Night Clutch

Christmas Pillows

Christmas Pillows

Pretty Princess Strawberry Pop Crochet Scarf

Pretty Princess Strawberry Pop Crochet Scarf

ChristmasPJs

Christmas Pillows

ChristmasPillows

Handmade Gifts

Ah Black Friday…the madness, the thrills.  I’m at home this morning sewing away on gifts.  Don’t get me wrong, I do LOVE to shop, but I have no babysitter and no shopping companions this year.  So I’m home.

I’ve made 34 handmade gifts this year and am maybe a little over halfway through my list.  I think handmade gifts sometimes get a bad rap.  As a crafter, I don’t like that.  I think that chosen well and executed with love and attention to detail, handmade gifts are among the most cherished.

I’m not a rich person.  I can’t go buy expensive items for everyone on my list.  I can take some less expensive raw materials and several hours of my time to make them into something nice.  The time to pick out the perfect project, materials, and all the time put into the piece are what make the gift unique and loved.

If you’re not a crafter, you might not understand it.  It might not be immediately apparent that I redid my quilt blocks 100 times until I thought they were just perfect for you.  It might not be easy to understand that I didn’t love the style of what I created, but I knew you would so I stepped outside of my comfort zone.   You probably won’t know that I got I got up early and stayed up late because I wanted to put a piece of my heart and love for you into your gift.

So, if you happen to find a handmade gift under your tree or in your stocking, don’t dismiss it as less worthy than that big shiny package.  Someone probably put a lot of thought, effort, and love into your gift.  And I’m sure they’ll hope you feel all the love they put into it.