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Topic: Hand cut felt applique Cooking Mama Apron  (Read 91970 times)
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« on: April 25, 2008 04:37:20 PM »

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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.

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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.

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

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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...

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http://www.crafterbation.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/close-up-of-mama-150x150.jpg

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.

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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.

http://www.crafterbation.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/applique-detail-420x271.jpg

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

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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2008 04:43:45 PM »

That's really amazing! Felt was really the ideal medium for the Japanese style character! It looks really nice!

Good job!

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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2008 04:46:26 PM »

wow!!  It look great.  I love it.
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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2008 04:49:46 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?
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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2008 04:51:14 PM »

WOW!  What a sweet gift and so adorable.  It came out perfectly...the time and care you put into it really shows.

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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2008 04:52:45 PM »

This is without a doubt the single best thing I've ever seen on craftster.

It meets my two obsessions - frilly aprons and cooking mama.

I nearly died when I saw the thumbnail and made sure I showed my boyfriend (who bought me both my DS and Cooking Mama- yes he does spoil me, yes i do deserve it) straight away.

I wish I had your talents. (I hit this rocks!)
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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2008 05:00:25 PM »

 Grin  This has to be one of the absolutely raddest things I have seen in a long time....I am really into that game right now!!!! Grin  I definitely have to make myself one now!!!
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« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2008 05:00:54 PM »

This is just too awesome for words!  
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« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2008 05:01:30 PM »

Great job!!
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« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2008 05:03:42 PM »

This is awesome. I  am totally addicted to that game! This rocks!
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