Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Frosting for Felt Cookies

Frosting for Felt Cookies
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A couple months ago I made my kids a set of felt cookies and dough for their play kitchen. The tutorial for these cookies can be found here. My kids’ have loved playing with these, and a bonus benefit has been teaching my son how to match the shapes! I finally got a little bit of time to be able to make them the frosting for their cookies. In all I think it took about 6 hours from start to finish to hand sew these. I used a blanket stitch, back stitch, french knot, running stitch and stab stitch to put these together. Let’s get started!


Supplies:
  • Colored felt - I used colors I already owned. I purchased the felt from American Felt and Craft. The colors needed will depend on your designs.
  • Freezer Paper (one side has a wax coating and the other side is paper)
  • Pencil
  • Colored pencils, crayons or markers
  • Pattern weights or anything similar
  • Iron
  • Press cloth
  • Embroidery floss to coordinate with felt
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Cookie cutters or template made to make cookie dough. Our baking set is from Ikea.
  • Sequins or other decorations if desired
  • Time


Directions: There are a lot steps to this, just leave us a comment if you get stuck.


  1. Trace the outlines of the cookie cutters onto paper and cut them out.
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  1. Hand draw the type of frosting you want for each cookie and design the look you want.
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  1. Place one template at a time under the wax paper and create the pieces you are going to need to cut out. Be sure to draw on the dull side of the freezer paper, this should be easy to remember since it is fairly hard to draw on the wax side. The picture below shows all the pattern pieces drawn out for reference.
    1. For the stars and hearts - trace the smaller heart and star (the yellow, orange, purple and red).
    2. For The Gingerbread People: You are going to have to dissect the template you made into pieces.
      1. Trace one of the entire design (the overalls and dress), this will be used as the back, everything will be stitched to this
      2. Trace each design element separately
        1. Overalls - Shirt (the belt and straps will be sewn on top of the shirt), pants, belt, and two straps
        2. Dress - Top and skirt (I decided not to cut out the bow, but instead embroider it on).
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  1. Cut out the freezer paper patterns. Here comes the fun part - the waxy side of the freezer paper can adhere to the felt, negating the need to trace out all these patterns, and the template can be reused several times. Here is how we are going to do it:
    1. Place the pattern pieces on the felt, shiny side will be face down touching the felt. Place the pressing cloth on top of everything to protect the iron.
    2. Using a warm iron, press it to the pattern and felt for about five seconds. The pattern piece should be temporarily adhered to the felt. If the pattern piece didn’t stick or didn’t stick well enough, then increase the heat or length of time and try again.
    3. With all the your pattern pieces adhered to the coordinating colored felt, cut out the shapes following the freezer paper. Once done, gently remove the freezer paper, it should easily peel off.
    4. With any pieces where you need to reuse the template, such as with the stars and hearts - take the same template and iron on to the coordinating felt and repeat step C.
  1. In all here is what you should have -
    1. Star - each star will need a front and back (2 pieces)
    2. Heart - each heart will need a front and back (2 pieces)
    3. Gingerbread man - Back piece (entire outfit), shirt, pants, two suspenders and belt (6 pieces)
    4. Gingerbread woman - Back piece (entire outfit), shirt and skirt (3 pieces)
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  1. Starting with the hearts and stars, if you wanted to add any decoration to the front piece, now would be the time. I added sequins to one heart and one star. On the other heart and star, I decorated them with embroidery floss and running stitches.
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  1. For the gingerbread people we are going to sew the clothes onto the back piece
    1. Gingerbread man:
      1. Embellish the front pieces as you designed. For me, I added french knots to simulate the buttons on a shirt.
      2. Starting with the shirt, attach it to the back piece, matching raw edges and using a blanket stitch. Do the same with the pants. Don’t worry about sewing the bottom of the shirt or top of the pants down, this will happen when the belt is sewn on.
      3. Attach the belt using a stab stitch
      4. Attach the suspenders using a stab stitch
    2. Gingerbread woman
      1. Embellish the front pieces as you designed. For me, on the shirt I used a back stitch and embroidered a bow and two french knots on the shoulders to simulate buttons. For the skirt I did different lengths of stab stitches to simulate the pleats in the skirt.
      2. Using a blanket stitch around the raw edges and stab stitch for the interior (making sure raw edges are matched), attach the shirt and skirt to the back piece.
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That’s it -  you are all done! I know this was a long tutorial. If you have any questions during this process please leave us a comment.


Written by: Shawna


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