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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Felt Cookie Baking Kit

I'm really excited to share my next gift project with you because it's one of my favorites.  I originally made it for my son last year and it's been a big hit with both my boys.  

So today I bring you the
Felt Cookie Baking Kit

I know, I know, it's not the most boyish gift, but you'd be surprised how much a little boy likes to pretend bake.  I've decided it's in their nature.  What man doesn't like food?

Last year, felt cookies were all over the place.  I mixed together two ideas I found on Made and The Mother Huddle, threw in a Tbsp of IKEA and tossed them in the oven to make my own cookie baking kit.  Okay, was that too much?  Sorry, the Christmas spirit makes me giddy.  But really, the basis of this is the IKEA baking kit which you can find for $9.99.  You don't need it.  You can buy the pieces seperate but I found it to be a great and easy starting off point.

You Will Need for the cookies
IKEA baking kit
1/4 yard brown felt
1/4 yard beige felt
brown and beige thread
quilt batting
material scraps for frosting (I used flannel)
heat and bond iron on adhesive
Embroidery Floss or puffy paint in sprinkle and decoration colors

For the Bag
1/4 yard material for bag
matching thread
ribbon or cording
9 in. zipper
small scrap or 1/4 yard (if you are buying new) clear vinyl
brown felt for cookie jar lid
material scrap for jar label
white material for jar label
fabric markers or puffy paint

So, let's start with the cookies.  The idea is that you want to be able to roll out the dough, and cut out the cookies with the cookie cutter.  So here's how you do that.

Fold your felt in half and cut out a 10x14 inch rectangle.  Do it for both colors of felt.  Don't worry about being neat about it, it will be trimmed later.  This is your cookie dough.

Now, you are going to want to make some cookie cut outs in the dough.  You'll make four gingerbread cut outs.  They will be centered on the brown dough.  Using a fine tipped pen, trace around the outside of a gingerbread cookie cutter.  The cookie cutter is found in your IKEA baking kit.  Don't worry, the pen will be hidden.  Do this for all four cut outs.  Do the same for the beige dough only this time trace three hearts across and three stars across.

Using small, sharp scissors, cut out the cookies through both layers of fabric.  Do not cut the outside dough or the inside of the cookie.  Easiest way to do this is to poke a hole along the pen line with one of the scissors blades and then continue cutting from there.

Once you have all the cookies cut out, take the bottom layer, and without flipping it, place it on the top.  Are you with me?  Basically you are just trying to make sure the side with the pen marks is on the inside.

Now you are ready to sew.  Start with the cut outs.  There are two ways you can sew around the cut outs.  A straight stitch is the easier way.  But if you can keep the material together, a zigzag applique stitch is the cleaner way.  Go slow and sew around the cut outs.  Do this with both pieces of dough.

Now you are going to trim your dough down to 9x13.  Make sure to keep your cut outs centered.  Now you have a clean edge all around.

Stitch all around the edge.  Again, you can use a straight stitch or a zigzag applique.  I prefer the applique on the edge.

Your dough is done now so you can put it aside.  For the cookies, you are going to cut out some quilt batting to go inside.  I freehanded some shapes.  An armless and legless man for the gingerbread man, a pie wedge for the heart, and a small circle for the star. It just has to be smaller than the regular shape.

Place the batting on the pen side of the cookie (the side where you traced the cookie cutter) and put the other piece on top.  Now you won't see the pen.  Straight stitch or applique around the edge of the cookie.

Now you can place the cookies in the dough, roll it out and you can pretend to cut the cookie dough out!  Place them on the pan and "bake"!

But we aren't done there.  Now, wouldn't it be nice to frost the cookies?  Here's how you make frosting!

Use the fabric scraps you have for the frosting.  Fold it in half, right sides together and trace the inside of the cookie cutters.  One tracing for each cookie.

Cut out both layers.

You have two options for sprinkles.  I originally used embroidery floss to make sprinkles.  If you want to do that, stitch "sprinkles" on one side of the frosting now.  The other option is puffy paint, which takes much less time.  If you choose this option, wait to do it until later.

Now it's time to get out your heat and bond.  I highly suggest the heat and bond brand.  I've seen people having difficulties with other iron on adhesive brands.  I have never had a problem with heat and bond.

Trace your cookie cutters again, this time on the paper side of the heat and bond.  Trace one for each cookie.

Cut out the pieces.  Place the heat and bond on the wrong side of a frosting shape.  Iron it for 6 seconds and let cool.

Once cool, peal the paper off the heat and bond.  The fabric should look shiny underneath.  Place the other side of the frosting shape on the side with heat and bond, wrong sides together.  Iron for 8 seconds.  Don't worry if the edges don't meet perfectly.

Trim off a small bit around the entire frosting, making sure the edges are clean where you cut.

Now's the time to draw on the sprinkles if you chose puffy paint.  I did it this time (I did embroidery floss the first time) and it was tons quicker.  You can also use the paint to decorate the gingerbread frosting.

Now, once your cookies are "baked", you can frost them into fun little tasty looking cookies!

So finally, you need somewhere to store your cookie kit.  So I made a cookie jar drawstring bag.

To start off with, fold your bag fabric in half.  Cut 19.5x13 inches on the fold.  The fold being the bottom of the bag.

Next, cut out the pieces of your cookie jar.  Using the brown felt, cut out the lid.  Simply fold the material and half and cut out half a circle on a rectangle.

Making sure the zipper is closed, cut the zipper to the length you need it (about an inch shorter than your lid).  Hand stitch around the end of the zipper a couple times.

Pin the zipper to the backside of the lid and stitch all the way around it.  Use a seam ripper or scissors to cut a line in the felt where the zipper lays.

Fold the vinyl in half and cut out a rounded shape for the jar.

Stitch the lid to the top of the vinyl.  Heres a tip: when sewing vinyl, place a piece of tissue paper on top of the vinyl and stitch.  The vinyl sews right through without sticking and the paper tears off easily. Believe me, you will hate vinyl if you don't do this.

Cut a large rectangle out of two pieces of your scrap fabric for the label.  With right side together, sew all the way around at a 1/4 seam.  Leave a 2 inch opening on the long side for turning.

Turn the fabric right side out.

Cut a piece of white fabric, a bit smaller than your label.  Cut some heat and bond the same size as your white rectangle.

Press the heat and bond to the white rectangle, peal the paper off and then press it to the center of your label.

Using a fabric marker, write "COOKIES" or "COOKIE JAR" on your white label.  I started with the letter K slightly to the right of the middle and then filled in the rest of the letters to help keep it centered.

Top stitch the label onto your vinyl jar.

Sew the jar onto your bag.  Place it a couple inches above the fold and sew the whole way around.

With wrong sides together, clip the bag about 3 inches from the top.

Sew the sides at an 1/4 in seam, stopping at your clip marks.

Turn bag inside out and make a french seam.  You do this by sewing up the sides again, this time at 1/2  in seam.  Stop at the clip marks.  Now the frayed ends are trapped in the seam.  This is one of my favorite seams since I don't have a surger and a don't like zig zagging the seams.

Flip bag right side out and iron the clipped ends to the inside.  Topstitch the ends down.

Flip bag inside out again (I promise this is the last time) and iron the top down 1.5 in and then iron it down again another 1.5 inches so the fold meets your clip marks.

Sew along the bottom fold.  Repeat with other side.

Cut two pieces of ribbon or cording about 2.5 feet each.  Starting on one side of the bag, thread the ribbon through the front side and back up the back side.  Tie the ribbon ends together.

With the other ribbon, repeat only start on the opposite side.
Use some fray check on the ribbon ends or melt them by quickly running a flame over the ends.

Now your bag is finished!  Once your cookies are made, you can store them away in your cookie jar for another time!  The rest goes in the back of the bag to use whenever you want to!

I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial as much as I do.  These cookies are really addictive and a lot of fun.

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