Something frivolous now for project #3.
We start with this
cover it with felt
cover with more felt
sew on some velcro circles
and start decorating -
or throw on some candles
and go the whole hog
then change the theme
and celebrate love,
and the pursuit of happiness.
And when we've had our cake, we eat it too -
What fun I had with this project!
I first became obsessed with it when I saw this (and fell in
love with the entire shop, really), but I've been a mom of little
kids just long enough to know they want to serve cake to
every guest at their tea parties, and blow out the candles, too.
So they got a three-dimensional felt board-cum-hospitality prop.
I am relieved to say I did use the good wool blend
stuff this time for the main cake, although some of the
colored fondant is acrylic.
Not hard to make at all, although it does take time. Here's
the pattern for the big (10" diameter) and medium (8") cake
slices. The top layer (6")is a solid disc so that the candles
have a nice stable platform.The foam is 3" thick and in
addition to the pieces in the pattern, you will need
(quarter-inch seam allowance included)
For each large cake slice:
1 piece felt 10.5" x 3.5"
1 piece felt 4.5" x 3.5"
11" of 1/2" ribbon
For each medium cake slice:
1 piece felt 8.5" x 3.5"
1 piece felt 4.75" x 3.5"
9" of 1/2" ribbon
to make the walls of the slice.
Top-stitch the ribbon lengthwise along
the longer felt rectangle.
Some notes and tips:
- An electric knife is really nice for cutting foam, provided you don't also use the same knife to carve the Thanksgiving turkey.
- If you don't have an electric knife, a box cutter/X-acto knife works well if you position the blade vertically, not slanted, and saw up and down.
- It doesn't matter if the edges of the foam are slightly uneven or bumpy because the felt case smooths these out.
- I used a little over a yard of the white wool-blend felt for the entire project.
- Resist the temptation to make the felt case either too snug (the final product will be bulgy) or give too much allowance to make it roomy. The cake slices will fit together best if the felt cases fit the foam inserts just so.
- I did not consider stuffing the felt cases with polyfill rather than a foam insert because I wanted the flat sides to facilitate smooth and tight packing and stacking.
- When making the circular cover for the whole cake (see 4th picture), I found it helpful to complete all the slices, then pack them together and measure the final diameter of the circle they made. Mine measured 10.5" and 8.5" in the end.
- The small cake with the velcro was made simply with two 6.5" circles and a rectangular piece 3.5" x 19.5" (quarter inch seam allowance included in all dimensions).
- The felt strawberries and the felt peg doll actually belong to another incomplete project, so you'll see them again in a later post. The felt daisy and tulip cake toppers were unicorn food from this post.
Here are patterns and instructions:
I don't think I've done a blanket stitch since I was about 10!
If you don't feel like sewing, scroll down to
the next post for the cardboard version!
Edited to add: One commentor told me that PBK
has a felt cake too! I went online to look and oh,
it is gorgeous. Go here to see.
Another commentor left this wonderful link where
you can buy 8" foam rounds as well as precut foam
wedges. I cannot vouch for this being high-density
foam but it is very, very helpful if you don't
want to splurge on the other kind!