Saturday, March 20, 2010

Felt House Along Week 5 {Side 4, Some Lettering and Sewing it Together!}

Welcome to Week 5 of the Felt-House-Along! Today I am going to show you my finished side 4 and how I did my lettering. {I probably should have showed you the lettering during side 1- I think I will edit that post to add the lettering part in for anyone one else who finds this!}

Here is my finished Side 4! I made the tree and apples like I did on Side 3 and the window like I did on Side 2.

Here is how I made the basket:
1. I cut out a basket shape out of yellow felt and cute 8 strips out of brown felt.
2. I took 4 of my brown strips and pinned them diagonally onto the basket and sewed them on.
3. I then pinned the other four strips diagonally in the opposite direction (crossing over the first set of strips). I sewed the strips onto the basket.

4. I flipped the basket over and trimmed off the extra pieces of the strips.

5. I sewed a straight line across the top the finished the top edge.

6. I pinned the basket to the side. I sewed around the outside of the basket leaving the top open.
Now you can put apples in the basket once you have picked them!



Here is how I did my lettering.
I used Freezer Paper Stencils. I L-O-V-E Freezer Paper Stencils... I used them a lot. It is so easy and it looks so great! I knew I would not be able to cut out felt letters neatly. And I knew that I would not be able to sew them on neatly either. So the Freezer Paper Stencils was my solution to have NEAT letters.

1.Trace you word onto freezer paper (found at any grocery store or Target, Walmart, etc in the same aisle as the baggies). I like to print my words out in a font I like from my computer, but you can free hand it too.
2. Use an Exato knife to cut out the letters.
3. Iron the freezer paper (wax side down) to where you want you word to be. Make sure you iron is set to WOOL setting for felt (or it will melt... I know I melted some on my other felt house!) Make sure all your letters are stuck to the felt.
4. Dab your paint on over the letters. I use acrylic craft paint, and heat set it with my iron once it dries. You can also use fabric paint. I had to do 2 coats of paint for the felt.
5. Peel off the freezer paper (You can do this when the paint is dry or wet). Once the paint dries heat set it with your iron (set to WOOL).
There you have it --BEAUTIFUL letters! :)

This is how I sewed the whole thing together.
1. I sewed each side to the top (right sides together)
2. I sewed the sides together (right sides together)
Make sure you use pins, LOTS of pins. These are big pieces that you are working with, and you don't want them to shift and move on you. (I did not take pictures of this part... sorry!)

I will show you the BIG REVEAL of the finished felt play house on Wednesday! I will set up a McLinky on that day for all of us to show off our FINISHED houses! : )

1 comment :

Stephanie Lynn said...

This is so cute! I can not wait to see all your pieces together! Very creative!

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