Flick of the Week | 2.25.11

Annyong!

This is my awesome Cat. I took this picture of him last weekend right before he got his first hair cut. Post-hair cut pictures are not as flattering.


(Yes, his name is Annyong, but we call him Onion for short)

How to Make Felt Fortune Cookies

A simple, fun craft that I enjoy, and that I have written about before, is making felt fortune cookies. I made a batch recently around New Year's for my coworkers. It's a fun gift for New Year's, in keeping with the good fortunes theme, but also great for party favors, wedding favors, or to use as a decoration around the house.

This craft is also easy to do on-the-go, like on an airplane, in a car ride, or while you are waiting around, because it is small and you can transport the materials easily.

Here is how I make my felt fortune cookies, adapted from CraftSanity's tutorial which is where I found the original directions. Mine is a bit more freeform than CraftSanity's, as they use a printed template and measurements. I have found that it's easy enough to keep track of sewing without using a template.


How to Make Felt Fortune Cookies

What you will need:
- Felt, 2 identical sized sheets, any color. I used a tan to start but you can get creative.
- Thread. Consider a matching or complementary thread. I used metallic copper for these to offset the tan a bit.
- Sharp scissors
- Sewing needle
- Pin needles 
- Large mug (or something circular with about a 4" diameter that you can trace)
- Pencil

Visualization of the tutorial's steps

1. Start by tracing the circumference of your mug onto one sheet of felt. You can do one circle at a time, but if you are making multiples, fit as many circles on 

2. Layer your template over your other sheet of felt. Use pin needles to secure felt layers together.

3. Carefully cut out the circles. Cut them as the two layers of felt are pinned to each other. You will end up with 2 identical circles which will create one felt fortune cookie. *Don't worry too much about cutting a perfect circle yet. You will be able to trim jagged edges at the end. Just don't cut inside the circle if you can help it.

4. Take your pinned circled felt layers and sew opposing sides together around the circumference, leaving about 1 inch open on either side. You can try using a sewing machine, but I had an easier time controlling it by hand-sewing.

5. Fold in half so that the middle of the sewn sides are on the fold, and the open sides are now on the "half moon"

6. Sew open layers together. You will now be sewing through 4 layers of felt instead of 2 layers. Ultimately, it will look like a continuation of your first sewing step. You will end up with two open edges, one on each side.

7. Bend cookie into fortune cookie shape and secure the middle with a few stitches. This can be a little tricky, as you are maneuvering the needle inside the cookie. 

8. Write fortunes, place in cookies, and give to friends!

Writing fortunes is the fun part. You can be silly or insightful, or a little of both. Some of my favorites are:

"The problems of today will soon be buried by the sand of time"

"What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?"

"Life is a garden - dig it!"

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."




Flick of the Week | 2.18.11

Last weekend, I visited Colorado. This was my fourth time visiting the Centennial State, but the scenery never ceases to amaze me. Snow capped mountains against bright, blue, sunny skies... yes please! This was taken from the back seat of a moving car:

Flick of the Week | 2.11.11

The snow theme of Flick of the Week has been unintentional... regardless, I am glad to see that people still have a sense of humor with all this "celestial turbulence" that's been happening in New England.

Flick of the Week | 2.4.11

This photo comes to us via my friend Mike at Beardy Lollipop by way of facebook.
Jabba the Hut made of snow.
A masterpiece. I wish this were in my neighborhood.
Actually... scratch that. I wish there were no snow in my neighborhood.