It is all my friend, Alisha’s fault. She was making some adorable tote bags for her boys to carry their Bible, notebook and pen in on Sundays. I loved the idea and told her I was going to steal it. I even searched my house for some fabric I *knew* I had. In the mean time, I made the mug warmer in the picture.
I have two mug warmers already, but they don’t work with mugs. Because mugs have a handle. I crocheted the mug warmer, leaving space for a button hole. Then I felted it.
I have never had so much fun felting. Honestly. In the past month or so I have felted 2 things. I know, big deal. To me it is a big deal. Before I met my friend, Melissa, I thought you bought felt. Now I felt things. And it’s so fun. I get to use my tea pot, hot water, my washing machine and wool.
When you felt something, it has to be made out of wool. (Pardon me, while I act 14 and say, “Duuuuuuuuuuuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh”. Ah that’s out of my system now.) You make it about 40% bigger than you need. The felting process is really easy. You place your finished..COMPLETELY finished project in the washing machine on the hottest water setting you can. I also add a couple teapot’s full of boiling water. Let the machine agitate for one FULL cycle. If it is still bigger than you need/want, simply repeat. If it felted too much, stretch it back out. Then let dry. I just toss it in the dryer.
When my mug warmer was dry, I found a large button, used matching yarn and sewed it on. And promptly realized I had made the button hole too small. But Mr. Full Cup used brute strength to get it buttoned and unbuttoned a few times. Now it’s a cinch to close.
I never did find the fabric I was in search of, I fear it didn’t make it past my last Decluttering of the Closet. I did find some fabric though, and what joy! I had enough. I had to be rather sneaky about making my 10-year old a Bible cover. Can I just say sometimes home schooling is NOT the best. If my children attended school away from home, I would have plenty of time to break into her room and steal her Bible and make the cover. And she would never know.
I am with my children All. The. Time. I did manage to finagle her Bible for measurements last night. I cut out the fabric but I just didn’t dare fire up the sewing machine.
This is how it looked last night. The fabric was cut, the Bible nestled inside. And I was giddy. Yes, Giddy. This afternoon I made it look like this:
I made a pocket out of a contrasting fabric. I keep thinking I would have liked to have stitched a flower from the fabric on it but I don’t know how…shoot I can’t even think of the word I need.
I didn’t stop there. I also cut out and sewed a bag for her.
The small bag on the larger bag was supposed to be a pocket. But I forgot to sew it on until after I had the bag all put together. I think I might make a snap closure for it and she can use it for whatever she wants.
She has an 8 (almost) year old sister. And while she just needs a whole new Bible for Christmas, I don’t need to make her a cover. But I did make her a bag.
All-in-all a very productive day!