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As there are still eleven whole days to wait until the game is released I decided to make something to get ready for release day and make a friend of mine a couple of drinks coasters (because nobody wants to be thirsty on a deserted island) out of a few simple bits of felt. It’s a quick, inexpensive project, and I have included some files to download to make your own.
To make a set of two coasters you will need:
- One A4 (21x30cm) piece of cream felt
- One A4 (21x30cm) piece of green felt
- One A4 (21x30cm) piece of brown felt
- Needle and thread in green and brown to match your felt.
A note on choosing felt colours: I chose to use two different green felts for my coasters and two different cream/beige colours, also. The ‘traditional’ (solid) green Animal Crossing leaf has a more saturated traditional green colour, whereas the cutout leaf of the New Horizons game is a cooler mint-green colour. I paired these with a darker cream/beige colour for the traditional leaf shape and a lighter cream background colour for the New Horizons leaf.
Transfer The Template Designs
There are many ways of transferring the templates to your pieces of felt. I chose to cut the templates from light card and then cut them carefully out. I then used a disappearing felt pen to transfer the design onto the reverse of a piece of felt (as you are marking the reverse of the felt it isn’t essential that the pen marks disappear, but if you have a disappearing marker you may as well use it).
I have included a .svg file in the download, so if you have a cutting machine that cuts felt, then you could use that to cut the shapes directly, or if you have a cutting machine that does not handle felt then you could use the .svg to create the card templates, for all other methods of transfer I have included a .pdf.
Making The Coasters
Start by cutting a square of no smaller than 14x14cm from cream/beige felt. Place your chosen leaf shape cut from green felt at the centre and pin, or tack into place using long contrasting stitches to be removed later. Using sewing thread to match your green felt, appliqué blanket stitch around the outside of the leaf shape with two strands of thread to attach it to the beige felt.
Once the outside edge is secure, use a single strand of the same thread to appliqué the inner cut-out edges of the fancy leaf design if you are making that leaf version.
Alternatively, if making the simpler ‘classic’ leaf design you might choose to embroider leaf vein details at this stage, though I chose to leave mine plain.
Once your appliqué leaf is fully attached on all edges, remove any pins or tacking stitches. Next, place the brown ‘ring’ of felt over your leaf so as to ‘frame’ it and tack/pin it to the cream/beige felt as before. Using two strands of matching brown thread, appliqué blanket stitch around the inner edge of the frame only.
Finally, trim the excess cream/beige felt so that it is exactly the same size as the outer edge of the brown ring of felt that it is attached to. Place the brown circle of felt on the very back to hide any visible threads, and use a blanket stitch in three strands of brown thread to stitch all three layers of felt together.
If you’re going to be getting Animal Crossing New Horizons drop me a line on the Contact Me page with your friend code (or via Instagram, Twitter or Facebook) for future visiting fun.
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This year’s Christmas gifts for Darwin’s teachers and nursery staff have been sanded, lacquered and finished with all the fine details needed. This year we have made each of the six keyworker staff a personalised pencil box and a matching tree decoration of wood.
The special detail for this year’s Christmas gifts to the teachers is that they will be personalised with my little boy’s handwriting. This past term at nursery and home we have been working a lot on encouraging Darwin’s reading and writing skills, so we thought that this would make a nice permanent reminder of the wonderful gift that learning to read and write brings.
I bought blank wooden bauble decorations and pencil boxes, painted the baubles with a simple red acrylic, leaving a central plain stripe, and lacquered both the baubles and pencil boxes with three coats of spray lacquer. The lacquer serves several functions; to protect the wood, to enhance the grain, and to provide a nice, smooth, non-porous surface for the vinyl decoration to stick to.
To decorate both gifts I got Darwin to write he name of each member of staff on the iPad using the Apple pencil (stylus) with a stroke weight that I thought would cut well from the vinyl. I converted this into an .SVG file using Adobe Illustrator and simply scaled this to a couple of millimetres shorter than the surface areas that they would be decorating. Using the attach function on the Cricut software I was able to preserve Darwin’s letter spacing and letter alignment exactly as written.
We always try to make a gift that somehow reflects the positive impact that the staff and teachers have on childrens’ lives, to show our gratitude for the work and efforts they make in their job. Hopefully these little personalised boxes of thanks will be well received as Darwin was being careful to write as nicely as he could, so the giving of the gift means a lot to him, as well.
Do you have a teacher gift to buy, make or give this year? What ideas are you considering?