miércoles, 5 de enero de 2011

Sweet Cupcake Pincushions



No need to count calories with these yummy-looking felted cupcakes. The ribbing from felted sweaters emulates baking cups, bright-color felted sweater scraps form the frosting, and tiny beads stand in for sprinkles. A paper-towel tube keeps the shape upright.

What you'll need:
  • Felted sweater scraps, including ribbing (see the felting instructions below)
  • Crafts knife
  • Paper-towel tube
  • Crafts glue
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • 10 inches of satin cord
  • 5/8-inch-diameter jingle bell
  • Small beads: assorted colors
  • Trims: 8 inches of rickrack or 16 inches of ribbon
Felt the Wool
 
 
Place the 100-percent wool sweater scraps in a washing machine (a top-loading machine is recommended). Fill the machine with hot water and regular detergent. Agitate the fabric on the longest cycle and rinse in cold water. Place the wool in the dryer for 30 minutes on regular heat.

Make the Base of the Cupcake
 
Use a crafts knife to cut 1-1/2 inches off one end of a paper-towel tube. This will be the cupcake base. Cut a 1-3/4-inch piece of felted ribbing that is wide enough to wrap around the tube. Note: Use the finished edge of the ribbing for the bottom edge of the cupcake base.

Fold the ribbing in half crosswise with right sides facing; sew the ends together. Turn the ribbing right side out. Fold under a 1/4-inch hem around the top edge. Apply a band of glue around one end of the tube; press the inside folded edge of the ribbing into the glue; let dry. Apply a band of glue around the opposite end of the tube. Press the bottom of the ribbing into the glue; let dry.

Make the Frosting
 
 
Cut one 2 2-1/2-inch-diameter and one 3-3/4-inch-diameter circle from felted sweater scraps. Sew a row of gathering stitches around the perimeter of one circle. Pull the thread to gather the shape, leaving a small opening.

Stuff the opening with a pinch of fiberfill. Pull the ends of the gathering thread to close the opening and secure the thread. Repeat for the second circle.

From... www.bhg.com

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