Are you ready for the Felt Food Roundup coming September 6th? Here's another tutorial to get you started: Felt Popsicles (Skill Level: Beginner--but more difficult than pancakes)
- Coordinating or matching embroidery thread and needle
- Popsicle stick(s)
- Fleece and/or felt scraps for filler
- Thick cardboard (I used a piece of cardboard box), optional
You will also need to know how to sew a basic blanket stitch or whip stitch. Links to video tutorials can be found on my felt sandwich post.
Begin by printing out your pattern:
Choose the popsicle size you like, lay it on top of two layers of felt in your chosen color, and cut it out. Cut a ½" strip of felt to go along the edges. (I have put approximate lengths on the pattern.) *Hint--a paper cutter will slice felt! That's how I got mine straight.)
- (See blanket stitch image.) Lay the strip on top of the popsicle shape so that the edges are even. Begin toward the bottom of one side, and stitch around the entire shape, using a blanket or whip stitch. When you get back to where you started, slip your needle under your first blanket stitch and pull it through. (This should finish the edging so that you can't tell where you began and ended.
- Using your fingers, pinch the two sides of the strip together and stitch the pieces together. Finish by knotting on the inside.
- Cut extra felt, fleece, or batting slightly smaller than the popsicle shape to use as stuffing. (Optional--If you want your popsicle to keep it's shape instead of flopping over, cut a piece of strong cardboard to use as stuffing along with the fabric.) In this tutorial, I used fleece, felt scraps, and cardboard. Make a stuffing sandwich: Fleece, cardboard, fleece.
- Using sharp scissors, snip a hole in the bottom of the strip--just large enough to slide a popsicle stick inside. Lay a piece of fleece and the cardboard inside your popsicle, slide in the popsicle stick, and tape it to the cardboard.
- Surround the popsicle stick with a layer of filler.
- Add the second piece of fleece.
- Add the second popsicle shape and blanket or whip stitch it in place the same way you did in step 1.
8. You're done! Start over with a new color or shape. Just FYI--the red popsicle pictured in the first image does not have a piece of cardboard inside. It is much more flimsy than the green popsicle, but it is softer.
If you ever wondered--and I'm sure you have--this is what happens when you leave your fleece filler pieces and a threaded needle on the table unattended for five minutes. I actually took the picture after spending five minutes untangling. You'll have to imagine the even larger mess! Thanks, Lu, for reminding me what not to do! Glad you enjoyed yourself. (She was so proud of herself! She said, "Look, Mom! I sewed it up for you!")
Be sure to come back
early next week for the creamsicle (pictured below) tutorial. (Oh, no! I forgot to post the creamsicle tutorial! I'll get it posted as soon as I can.) The pattern is included in the free download linked above. I hope to see you all (and your projects) on September 6th! (I'll have linkup categories for desserts, fruits and veggies, sweet treats, everything else food, and non-food felt items.)
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