I took up the challenge of coming up with and making a fall-themed craft project in five days. It was for a contest hosted by The Geeky Mama Blog.
For anyone who knows me, you probably just sucked in your breath like, “Oh, Jaclyn, honey. Why?” Because people who know me know that I have a serious brain flaw: lack of imagination.
But to be honest, I came up with three ideas! Only one panned out, but I came up with three!
I’m very proud of myself.
My Craft Ideas
My first idea was trying to make a turkey out of a sock or glove. It probably would have worked but I decided that I didn’t like the way it was going and I put it aside to try my next idea:
A homemade cornucopia. Daring, right? I didn’t think so but Hubby kept warning me that it would be hard. And he was right (don’t tell him I said that). This idea also probably would have worked but I was down to 3 days by the time I started it and it couldn’t be done (in that amount of time in the manner I chose). So I took a couple steps back and decided to try my actual first idea (I said the turkey was first, but it was just the first one I tried).
It’s a coffee cozy!! You know, in case you didn’t get that from the title . . .
Now, I’ve never worked with felt before. Not like it’s hard. Just saying.
My first problem was that I suddenly didn’t know how to cut out a piece of felt to make the base of the cozy. I know it looks all straight-forward, but anyone who’s ever made one before (or even seen a pattern before, like I have) knows that its all angles. None of the edges are horizontal.
Hubby has a cup that has a rubber cozy and a rubber lid. Ok, ok, silicone. Whatever. Picky. So I took the silicone cozy off and decided that I’m smart enough to figure out for myself how to cut out a cozy to fit around the cup.
I was wrong *hangs head in shame*.
After about 45 frustrating minutes of trying to cut out a piece of felt with the correct curves, Hubby finally demanded that I just cheat and trace the silicone one. So I threw in the towel and cheated. I recommend you do it too, if you have a cozy on hand already. If you don’t then I suggest you hunt down a pattern because even if you have to drive down to Staples to print the thing, it’ll still be faster and better than trying to figure it out yourself. Or I like to tell myself that because it hurts my feelings to think that somebody else can figure it out easily.
So I folded the silicone cozy in half (not that easy to do, wish it had been made of cloth) and traced three sides of it. Then I just folded my paper over where the two lines ended and cut it out, giving me one full, flat, cozy pattern.
Then I used that paper to cut out two cozies from some black felt. At the time, my plan was to make two cozies but I ended up using both pieces to make the one.
Then I cut out some little leaves (and even a pumpkin!) from the yellow, orange, and red felt. Freehand, baby! No drawing first or anything. I laid them on the black cozy in an arrangement I liked but then was too lazy to pin them down so they all fell off when I started sewing the first one.
I used two strands of thread and sewed the leaves down while adding detail. I did the same with the pumpkin. I had planned on using some green embroidery thread to make a leaf or stem on the pumpkin but Doll was sleeping in the room where I keep my box of embroidery thread so . . . no stem. Or leaf. Sorry.
I should also mention I had a really bad headache at the time and I wasn’t about to go out of my way to do anything extra (hence the no-pinning-down of the little pieces).
But considering that, I think I did pretty good. It was a pretty bad headache. Can you believe that two glasses of chocolate milk didn’t fix it?? I know, I still can’t believe it. And while I’m at it, if you noticed that some of the pictures are rather low quality? Sorry, that was the headache too.
Where was I?
Oh right, so I sewed down the leaves and boring pumpkin then I noticed that since I did that, the backside of the cozy was pretty dang ugly. I don’t do much hand sewing or embroidery or whatever. I avoid it like the plague. I’m like the knot-queen. So just take my word for it when I say the back of the cozy was looking kind of . . . what’s a good word . . . furry? Yeah, that’ll work.
I had already planned on doing a blanket stitch around the edges of the cozy and to sew together the two ends because A) I’ve actually done that stitch once before and it’s pretty easy and looks “fancy” and B) I needed to add more colour (yes! There is a “u” in colour in my country!).
Ahem. Excuse me for my outburst. Hubby likes to tell me I’m spelling things wrong all the time. It’s not funny anymore after nine years so I tend to be a little defensive.
Right, so ugly backside (the cozy’s, not mine. I mean, I think mine is ok. Maybe like a 7/10?) and I planned to stitch around the edges anyway. Enter cozy number two!
So I just put the second cozy on the back of the first one and used the blanket stitch to sew the two pieces together and then sew the two cozy ends together. The joining ends came out a little yuck. I’ll be honest and blame it on my own laziness (aka headache) because I didn’t properly research how to join the ends. I just winged (wung?) it. And I also got a knot about halfway down and in trying to free it ended up pulling all the stitches behind it pretty tight.
All in all, I’m happy with my craft!
I have a “Jaclyn Can Feel Good Because” list, if you want to read it?
Oh, shush and just read it:
- I came up with three craft ideas (which I didn’t steal from anywhere)
- One of the ideas actually worked
- I used felt for the first time (I’ve always wanted to but never had a good enough excuse)
- I think the stitching and shapes look pretty good
- I covered up the ugly (but since I told you it’s there, I’m not sure if it counts)
- It fits
- It makes me look like a successful crafty person
All in all, a good day’s work. Even if I don’t make the top 5 crafts in the challenge, I’m quite pleased with myself. Guess what everyone is getting in their stockings this year!?