The ‘Knittlestoned 2012 Competition’ with prizes of Loki dolls has been extended to December 31st, simply because I need more time, and I’m giving YOU GUYS more time to contribute. Besides, if it ends at the end of the year, I can run a year-long competition for next year. :D
Today I went to my first ever Beads and Craft meeting. To be completely honest, this craft was the reason I joined the club! You can do drop in as well, but I joined since it’s my last year there and it’ll act as my motivation to go since I already paid the membership. ;)
So here is how I made it.
First you make the stencils. It’s easy. Keep your next Starbucks sleeve and use that! For the foam that you keep inside, just trim the original sleeve by half a centimeter around the edge. (these were just given to us) Remember the stencils should have a chipped edge on one side but not the other. That should be the part that’s glued on the Starbucks sleeve. I made a heart pattern, so the other stencil you will need is a heart, how ever big you want. You will also need pins to hold down the stencils as you cut out the felt, scissors for cutting, tread and treading needle and 2 buttons. (Yeah it’s a reversible coffee cozy)
After all the prep, we are ready to start. Pin down your stencils to the felt. Then cut around to get the shape of the sleeve. It doesn’t really matter if you cut both colours at the same time, it looks the same in the end. It’s easier to cut them separately. Do that for the sleeve and the heart and volia!
The next step is to saw the button in place. You want to put it about 5 cm from the straight edge (the one that isn’t chipped). Making sure the button is in the middle, use a pin to mark that spot. Tread a needle with your choice of colour. Then it’s simple! Just sew that button to the place you just marked. Do it to both sides.
The next step is to secure an elastic onto the straight edge of the foam. Again, we sew this on. Sew the elastic in a secure figure 8 fashion about 3 times to make sure it really stays put even if we tug on it.
Those are the finished pieces with the elastic secured onto the foam and the button sewn onto the felt. Our next step is putting those pieces together. Sandwich the foam between the two pieces of felt. Use pins to secure the pieces of felt around the foam. The outline does not involve sewing the foam, just around it. Then using thread and needle, hand stitch around the foam on the felt. For the first stitch, poke upwards from the middle of the “sandwich” (for me, it was only the pink piece) and tie a knot. Then stitch as you would normally through the two pieces of felt.
At the last stitch, stitch towards the middle (for me, only through the white piece) and tie a knot to secure it in place. Once this step is compete, all we’re missing is that heart. Sandwich the heart over the sleeve we just put together. Again secure it with pins. Then create that same hand stitching boarder around the heart and secure it just as before. Here I had to sew through all the layers where the heart overlaps onto the sleeve. Once this step is done, you are ready to enjoy your next cup of coffee with your new coffee cozy.
Beautiful colors! As for the kinks, you can soak your circulars in hot water to get the kinks out. Unless they're wood. Then soak just the connectors *really carefully.* :) You can also hang them up at the mid-point so the kinks will gradually fall out, but this will obviously not work if you're using them. Or if you have cats that like to bite through metal. :)
Thank you! Once I’m all done with the cowl, I’ll work on the getting the folds out of the connector cord. My cats shouldn’t mess with them if there’s no yarn on it. :P
One way to get the bend out of your circular needles is to hold them over boiling water. The steam helps relax the cord! I suppose if you're in a hurry you could straighten the cord, protect it with a cloth, then run a quick iron over 'em, but I haven't tried that yet so I don't know how it'd go :) Best of luck with your cowl!
Thanks for the info. I will definitely do something about it after I’m done with the cowl. :)