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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hand cut felt applique Cooking Mama Apron on: April 28, 2008 10:28:39 AM
I wanted to add a few tips i picked up while working on this project:

If i didn't stress it already in my original post, super sharp shears are a huge asset. I have a pair of gingher shears that are scary sharp and made cutting a breeze.

I should also mention that the process of fusing the backing onto the felt makes it slightly more stiff and rigid, which in turn makes it a bit easier to work with in my option.

Finally I found that on parts that were repeated ironed while they still had the backing on (like the dark brown area that was the backing for the whole piece) lost some of their stickiness when it was time to remove the backing and actually adhere the whole thing down. So i guess my tip would be to avoid excessive ironing of any pieces with the backing still on and if possible work top down with the layers instead of bottom up. (i hope that makes sense...) I was able to salvage it by adding a new layer of fusible web on top of the old one but it's probably not an ideal solution...

Also thanks again to everyone for all the great comments!

xo - Rae
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hand cut felt applique Cooking Mama Apron on: April 28, 2008 10:13:22 AM
This is fabulous!!! It's amazing!
Any chance you happen to have the pattern to share?
It must have taken forever to create!


I don't really have a pattern per se...  The apron was from a pattern i created based on the steps outlined in the tutorial i linked to in the original post. As for the appliqué, I first worked from the screen cap and made a vector version in illustrator to aid in the tracing. But since i then transfered it all by hand to the paper backing it was pretty much not necessary. So what i would recommend doing is just scaling up the screen cap to the desired size and tracing it right from that. Just remember you need to flip/reverse the image since the fusible web goes on the back of the felt. Hope that helps Smiley 
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hand cut felt applique Cooking Mama Apron on: April 28, 2008 09:56:17 AM
Nice-are you on cut out and keep .com ?

I just got around to joining, you can find me here.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Tim & Eric awesome embroidery! on: April 27, 2008 02:34:13 PM
Awesome! What a great idea, I'm sure they loved it!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hand cut felt applique Cooking Mama Apron on: April 25, 2008 05:31:57 PM
thanks everyone for all the kind words! especially curegreed, you made me about want to cry  Grin thank you.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hand cut felt applique Cooking Mama Apron on: April 25, 2008 05:27:38 PM
that's really cool.  when i first saw it, i thought you had just ironed-on the picture.  the reality is much cooler.

here's me surprised you can actually iron felt.
i thought it would melt or something...

in fact i have, waiting to be recon-ed, a sweater that someone semi-ruined (which is why i got it in a thrift shop) by ironing some acrylic felt appliqués that were on it... (who irons sweaters, anyway?! ok maybe it's because i am not southern...)

anyway, what's the secret temperature at which the iron-on still works and yet the felt doesn't melt?
or did you just use wool felt?

hey nataluna
yeah you have to be careful with what temp you use, but yes you can iron felt, even the 100% acrylic craft felt I used for this project.  I used "Therm O Web" brand HeatnBond UltraHold (because that's what they had at my local Joann's) and it only requires you to use the silk setting on your iron, which is pretty low. good luck with your sweater!


7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Retro Orange-Flowered Apron [w/ Tutorial] on: April 25, 2008 05:05:52 PM
Thanks so much for this tutorial. The design is perfect! I just finished up a project using your pattern and I love how it turned out!

I posted a little more about it here.

Thank you so much!


8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Hand cut felt applique Cooking Mama Apron on: April 25, 2008 04:37:20 PM

It's a Cooking Mama Apron! Or rather an apron, adorned with a hand cut felt appliqué of none other than Cooking Mama of Nintendo fame. It's a little bit of a joke with my friend Heidi, who was the recipient, but I am really excited with how it turned out.

To start with, if you're not framilar with the game I'll give you a quick overview. Basically your goal is to make different dishes like sticky rice and sweet fired egg following along step-by-step as instructed by Mama. Each step along the way you either succeed and earn her praise or fail and have to bear Mama's wrath. Here is a still from the DS game, specifically a still of Mama, when she is less then happy with your work.


When Heidi last came to visit I let her borrow the game. We joked about her fireball eyes and repeated the line "Don't worry, Mama will fix it." So late one night over IM I was brainstorming with my friend Lindsey, trying to come up with something to make to cheer Heidi up. There were a lot of good ideas but when we finally got to the idea of a "Cooking Mama Apron" we both knew that was the hands down winner. (Thanks again Lindsey!)

So I got to work making patterns from the screen cap of the game. Then I traced all the patterns onto paper-backed, double-sided fusible webbing.

When I was done tracing, I ironed the fusible webbing onto the felt and got to cutting.


I started the cutting with an x-acto knife but found I made better progress with my super-sharp gingher scissors. Each piece was hand cut and adhered in layers with the iron-on adhesive backing. Below you can see some of the cut pieces before they were fused, and after. I love how the layers of felt create some dimension, almost like a sort of a low relief sculpture...


It was also important to me the apron was just right. The pink gingham fabric and the lace were essential for the kitsch factor. I found a great little tutorial and pattern for the apron here. I also thought it would be a nice idea to turn the little "score" box into a little pocket, which I trimed in blue lace to match the game.


So this is the completed project. I'm really excited with how it turned out. It's one of the more complicated projects I've done in a while, and it made me feel all accomplished when I was done.


The gift was a hit and I hope you like it. Smiley

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Tramp art,candy wrapper weaving,mexican weaving on: April 25, 2008 04:36:46 PM
Looks great. Thanks for posting all the links!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Retro atomic apron on: April 25, 2008 04:34:55 PM
I have some of that same print in blue i have been meaning to use up! Great job!
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