Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Fun with felt

It's hot today...abnormally hot for our area.

I've been several hot places where high temperatures seem normal (Arizona, Texas, Israel) and when it goes that way here it really causes a stir!

The dog I'm dogsitting is a Samoyed and, though he got a summer haircut, he's still so furry I brought him in during our three hottest days to sit in front of the air conditioner.

All this and yet I feel inspired to make things out of really fuzzy material. We'll blame that lapse in judgement on the heat.

I finished up a play tea set with cookies and tea bags for my friend's little girl. I've seen this kind of thing around and decided I wanted to try it - I mean they are just so cute! I used real cookie cutters to trace the "cookie" part and I freehanded the "frosting." The "sprinkles" are embroidery floss.

For the tea bags I drew my shape on a piece of paper, cut it out, and used that as a pattern. I stuffed them with some polyfill I found in one of my craft drawers and finished them off with two styles of tags to indicate the "kind" of tea. Personally "heart tea" doesn't sound like something I would drink but it's cute for little girls, right?

Missie has a couple of cute tutorials for M&M cookies and tea bags.

I've also seen plenty of needle books floating around on blogs as well as etsy and I wanted to try my hand at that as well.

I made this tag-style cutie using the instructions from Wool Felt Central even though I didn't use wool felt - don't tell them! It was easy and quick - I finished it in an evening - and I love how it looks!

The other needle book I made I based on designs I've seen that makes them more "book like" in that they have "pages." It was way harder than I thought it was going to be but I blame that on my newbie sewing skills.

Even if it's not perfect at least it's still cute.

And let's not forget the snowflake garland I just completed for Christmas in July and the mini-cake I made for the Mad Tea Party.

Felt and sewing...things I just never saw myself doing...especially in this weather!


Missie/Crafting with Cat Hair said...

Your cookies and tea bags are awesome! Be prepared to get addicted to making felt sweets :)

Your little heart needle book is so cute! Love the colors. I have to add a few of those to my to-do list. I think I need one for every room, then I won't need to keep taking my pincushion with me everywhere I go.

Maggi said...

I am so in love with those cookies and those tea bags!!! That little notebook is adorable too!

the ungourmet said...

Your doggy reminds me of my doggy right now!

The little felt tea bags are especially adorable! Everything is so cute! :0)

Maureen said...

omg - LOVE THE COOKIES! I wanna do this!!!!! All the projects look awesome! Ugh, I'm roasting here in Washington! I'm about to head out to the mall to shop just to get outta the heat! Have a great weekend...I'm hoping a cooler one....

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love making things with felt! It is so easy to work with! You've come up with some really cute designs! I'm going to put you in my favs so that I can keep up with your wonderful blog!

Rainy Day Farm said...

Super cute ideas. The cookies look good enough to eat! Yum! Hope you survived the heat. It was a cooker!

B said...

That little book is ADORABLE!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

I agree ...everything looks great! oh, the cookies and teabags are perfect for any little girl! looks like you've got something started... (like Missie said..a felt sweet addiction?)

very nice!