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Muddlepud
« on: August 27, 2010 09:15:18 PM »



Two-ish years ago I made a felt mailbox for my daughter, and a year later I made her some felt mail to go in it. (I posted those here at the time.) A good friend of mine recently asked me to make some for her kids, and this was the result. It's customized for their family, and yes, that's a pug, the type of dog they have---and possibly my favorite part of this project.







It's constructed of felt, plastic canvas, and embroidery thread and designed to be durable and squashable so that neither mailbox nor child gets hurt in the event of a tumble. (My daughter's version has held up to quite a beating from both kids.)

And, of course, there is also felt mail to go with the mailbox, drawn onto stiff felt with markers. I made three postcards, a letter, a birthday card, two envelopes, and a variety of stamps and labels customized for their family.





(As always, more photos on my flickr page.)

Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2010 03:01:29 AM »

oh my gosh!! how cute!! would you be willing to put up some pointers on how you made the mail box?
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« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2010 07:32:50 AM »

That's so clever and so sweet! How very cool.
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« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2010 08:09:31 AM »

This is amazing!!! Grin
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« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2010 08:13:24 AM »

I LOVE this! Smiley I wisted it. I want one for my son!
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« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2010 12:06:31 PM »

This is brilliant!  The pug is so cute & I love the stamps!
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« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2010 04:26:11 PM »

Too cute!
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Muddlepud
« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2010 07:35:24 PM »

oh my gosh!! how cute!! would you be willing to put up some pointers on how you made the mail box?

I bought a piece of plastic canvas that, when bent into a rounded/mailbox shape, was the size I wanted the top of the mailbox to be. Then I just sort of used that piece to figure out the size and shape of the rest of the pieces (a rectangle for the bottom, two arched shapes for the front and back, and a thin strip for the part of the door that overlaps the mailbox).

Then I just sandwiched the plastic canvas between layers of felt cut slightly larger and did a whip stitch to attach the pieces (going through, for example, two layers of felt and one of plastic canvas on the back plus another two layers of felt and one of plastic canvas where the back attaches to the mailbox's top). I won't lie: It was a pain to put together, fiddly in some areas, and my least favorite part of the project. It's simple, but fiddly. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2010 08:20:47 PM »

Holy crap.  Shocked

Love this!!
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Kodeekins
« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2010 08:34:05 PM »

This is absolutely ingenious. One of the best felt creations I have ever seen for kidlets!
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