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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Happy Toast Ornaments :D on: January 11, 2010 08:45:22 PM

I honestly couldn't figure out what section to put these in...

I made these for an off-forum swap.  I love buttered toast, and I think people all should have one.  These are good year round, not just during the holiday season. Cheesy  They could also double up as gift tags, too.

I included a small tutorial -- sorry if it's Captain Obvious. :B  But just in case since I'm someone who ends up asking a billion questions.

Here are the materials needed:
- Small piece of cardboard or an index card
- Small pieces of felt; I used eco-felt.
- Embroidery scissors
- Invisible marker/chalk pen
- Embroidery floss
- Embroidery needle
- Ric rac/rick rack
- Fabric glue
- Q-tip
- Dry/chalk pastel

1. Draw a toast shape on the index card. Draw another toast shape slightly bigger than the first toast shape as well. Cut. The smaller toast shape will be the inside of your bread; the bigger toast shape will be the crust.
2. Trace each pattern piece twice onto the corresponding color of felt; I traced the smaller toast shape onto cream felt and the bigger toast shape onto brown felt. I cut small squares from yellow felt for butter pats. You can forgo the butter if you like.
3. Embroider features onto your toast. I used three strands of tan DMC. For the eyes, I used French knots, and for the mouth, backstitch. If you want a pat of butter on your ornament, applique it to the inside bread piece now.
4. Position the inside of the bread onto the crust piece of felt. Use a running stitch to secure it.
5. Repeat (4) to create a back side for your ornament.
6. Bring both pieces together, wrong sides together. If pieces do not fit, you can trim the edges of the crust piece, so that they fit! Just dont cut too much off or there will be no crust, unless you barely want any crust. Set aside.
7. Cut your ric rac! Theres no precise measurement. I just eyeballed it. Im not too crazy about long hangers, but if you like them, go for it. If it's "too long," no worries; just position the ric rac lower into the ornament.  You do want to ensure that the ric rac is long enough so that the hanger is reinforced inside the ornament.
8. Begin to the glue edges of your sandwich. When you get to the top, add a dollop of glue and lay one end of the ric rac in it. Add another dollop of glue, work the other end into it, and press down on felt. Make sure that there is glue in between the ric rac. Mind the gap! Let it dry.
9. Shave off some dry pastel. Dip q-tip into the dust and press for color on the cheeks. Repeat for more color; you can also keep blotting the color, so that the edge is blurred.
10. When fully dry, hang it up! Voila, you have cute toast!

You can also make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, plain toast Whatever your toast loving heart desires!

My toast ornaments were about 2.5″ tall without the hanger. Make them bigger or make them smaller. Hooray for toast!

Also on my blog!
12  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Addicted to Art Journals and Journaling! on: August 21, 2009 07:48:58 AM
I seriously haven't been able to get these journals out of my head since I first saw them.

I love how you make your own books -- they're absolutely perfect, and I have yet to see a "blank" offered in any store near me.  I also adore how you have adorned and decorated the pages.  Beautiful!

I would love to pick up journaling and learn how to make such beautiful journals as you!
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Oh Fransson Wristlet on: August 03, 2009 08:41:47 PM
Your wristlet is adorable!  I have to agree that the zipper ends are quite nice and clean!
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Handsewn Bags (Buttercup and Simplicity 2685 B) on: August 03, 2009 08:40:45 PM
Thank you, Seraphina_de_Sangre!

aimee_ant123 - Okay, so it isn't just me!  Grin  I read over the directions over and over again, and when I was actually following them, I got so confused!  I was ready to throw out the instructions and just sew, but I'm big on following directions, at least, for the first time.  You know, there's actually a zipper compartment for the bag?  The pattern makes no mention of it!  It wasn't until later did I realize it.  (And I'm okay with it because I rarely ever put stuff into pockets or zippered compartments.)  Your friend made a great looking bag, though!  I love the blue with the chocolate, and the buttons are really fabulous!

Hi, MegRoseSews!  The toile was from the Hobby Lobby bargain bin. Cheesy  The upholstery section has a lot of toile in case you want to see if they have different toile patterns!  I know what you mean about the Buttercup Bag -- they're so easy to make, and you can make one to complement what you're wearing...
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Baby Link (Loads of images) on: August 02, 2009 06:29:57 PM
This is made of awesome.

Wonderful job!
16  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Mashed Chickpea Salad Sandwich (Recipe) on: August 01, 2009 08:24:32 PM
Definately on the removal of salt Smiley I like chickpeas mashed with some garlic, mayo and soy sauce on top of cucumbers and avocado. Mashed, the flavor is great. Mixed with nutty flavors like pita bread or whole grain breads they are especially tasty.
Am I the only person who cannot stomach Braggs? I know it's good for me, I just can't use it.

Funny you should ask that because I used some Bragg's in a recipe this week, and I actually liked how it taste cooked.  However, when used as a condiment, bleeeeurch.  The more I thought about Bragg's, the more I thought it tasted like nutritious dirt. D:  (Soy sauce tastes so much better to me!)
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Handsewn Bags (Buttercup and Simplicity 2685 B) on: August 01, 2009 08:18:07 PM
Here are some bags that I made! Cheesy  All fabrics are from the bargain bin.

This one is Simplicity 2685 B.  More about that project here.

Last night I sewed Rae's Buttercup Bag.  It's a lovely pattern, easy to make and follow.  Rae has directions and patterns on her website, but if you want to make the bag to sell, please purchase the pattern and licensing!

I wanted to sew myself a bag from these fabrics I found in the scrap bin, and apparently, this was the bag I was to make!  (I am also such a sucker for toile.  I luuuuurve it!)

(I know, I know, the pattern doesn't match up, but I was okay with it this time!)

Thank you for looking!
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: nature woodsy inspired pmc collection! on: August 01, 2009 07:46:25 PM
These pendants are gorgeous.  Don't know how I missed them, but you did such a lovely job working with the PMC.  I love all the detail in your leaf pieces!
19  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: No More Hoarding! on: August 01, 2009 07:44:31 PM
Great idea and wonderful results!  I love the concept of using it up and walking away from the hoarding.  Wearing your stash?  Awesome!
20  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bracelets and Snap Wallets on: August 01, 2009 07:43:04 PM
These sets are such a lovely, thank-you gift!  I love how colorful and cheerful they are.  Those teachers sound awesome, and I'm sure that they'll love what you made for them!
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