Here it is, my first finished project of 2017 — and it certainly took me long enough! I made it my New Year’s resolution to finish this Adventure Time inspired needle felting project. All I had to do was felt the fire pup; I kept putting it off because I was intimidated by how small he is. And yet, it turned out great!
I made it into a bag and lined with this cotton Adventure Time print from Joann Fabrics.
It’s just the right size for a couple of books or to hold sewing projects, except I don’t really want to use it in case it gets dirty. My husband wants to frame it, but if we put it behind glass, he couldn’t pet the soft felting all the time.
In other news, summer can’t come soon enough, because when the sun barely gets 23 degrees into the sky and it’s always overcast or actively raining, it is impossible to take decent pictures — even if you turn on every single light in the apartment.
I’m getting a bit carried away with projects I’ve got in the works this week. I have three started-but-not-finished cross stitches and my first attempt at needle felt.
First there is the ongoing signal flags sampler. I’ve done at least one flag in every row & column of the main alphabet, and so far I haven’t had any more major mistakes that required me to rip out parts. I also started the Morse code border up at the top right. And I put this pattern in my Crafsty shop, so you can stitch it, too!
I had to take a break from the signal flags to work on June’s flower of the month. This month is the wild rose. The pattern is a free one from Ellen Maurer-Stroh. This is the fourth flower of hers I am doing and I like how it is so far requiring not very much parking. I stitched this while watching a few episodes of Continuum and Angel last night.
The third cross stitch I’m working on is Steotch’s Steotchalong; the pattern for Week 2 was released Monday but I haven’t gotten around to stitching it yet, so a progress photo wouldn’t look any different from the post from Week 1.
Last but not least there is this, my first attempt at needle felting. It is supposed to be the snow golem from Adventure Time. Eventually this will be sewn into a bag that can hold crafting supplies for when I’m out and about. The ground fabric is some wool suiting fabric from Joann Fabrics. I had a terrible time marking the fabric for a guide on where to do the felting; the fabric pen shows up OK in the photo but is almost impossible to see in real life. So I’ve been guessing and going with what looks good. Eventually there will be a fire wolf pup to keep him company.
Whew, I’ve got a lot on my crafting plate. What are you working on this week?
Like last week, I have two projects in the works this Wednesday. First, the old and familiar:
And next the new and fabulous!
I know it looks finished, but it technically is still in progress — I have to slip stitch the lining closed and also wash & iron it.
I bought this great Adventure Time fabric a few months ago, hoping to make a pair of pajama pants. But alas, I foolishly bought about half a yard too little to make pajama pants, and even more foolishly, discovered this after cutting the fabric into several pieces. So I had a bunch of small and oddly-shaped pieces of the fabric, but I found a great use for them: making bags. I made this lined, zippered pouch today, and later I’ll use this fabric as the lining in a needle felted tote bag that I am also dreaming up.
Making a zippered pouch like this is really quick and easy. I follow this tutorial from Design Sponge.
What are you working on this Wednesday?
One of my favorite things to cross stitch are small magnets because they are quick and easy, and I can put them on my fridge and enjoy them every day. Here is a free chart for a magnet-sized BMO, from the TV show Adventure Time. I make my magnets on 14 count perforated plastic canvas, which you can buy at Joann Fabrics or on Amazon (affiliate link).
Right click on the image and choose “save as” to save, or download a free PDF version from Craftsy. Here is what BMO looks like stitched:
I hope you enjoy the pattern — come back and share pictures if you make a tiny BMO with it!
Free charts are for personal use only. Please read my free chart use policy here.