Mass-producing garments gets old quickly, even if the whole process is a fast one. For a nice break in the mundane-ness, I hand-sewed a felt toy kit for Jenna for the airplane. I'd seen these dough cut-out cookies on many sites in the past, but none of them inspired anything other than an "oh, cute". Then, recently, I saw Destri's tutorial on The Mother Huddle, and I knew I should (and could) do it for the trip to Singapore. It was the perfect antithesis to - and balm for - all that efficient, productive, pedal-flooring at the machine: slow, bit-by-bit hand-stitching at nights, enjoying the making as well as the product.
I'll speed through the deconstruction, not only because I didn't stop to take in-progress photos, but also because Destri's tutorial is fabulous in itself.
Here is the cookie dough rolled flat - it is two sheets of felt with cookie shapes cut out and their borders whip-stitched together.
The cut-out hearts were whip-stitched as a sandwich with a layer of fleece between each pair.
Frosting pieces with sprinkles embroidered on their front sides
and fusible fleece ironed onto their backsides, so they cling to the cookies.
Kate snuck out of bed one night and caught me sewing the sprinkles. She guessed immediately what they were, and the next day whispered in my ear, "Are we going to tell Jenna about the cookies?" (No, not yet, Kate!) Good thing she's good at keeping secrets.
I added a little piping bag - because the girls are into piping bags now - which is a quadrant of a circle sewed into a cone and tied at the top. To keep the tip stiff and nozzle-like, I ironed a small piece of fusible interfacing (craft weight, aka craft fuse) on the wrong side of the fabric, at the tip of the cone, before sewing it up.
And to hold it all together, so we could take it on the plane with us,
I made a little drawstring sack-of-flour-ish bag.
I can't wait to see Jenna's face when she opens the bag, thousands of feet up in the sky.
All her favorite things in one little sack :)