Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Felt Play Money

There is a craze out there for cute Felt food. I'm jealous of those that make this for theirs kids. It looks absolutely amazing, but I just don't have the patience or time for hand sewing small pieces together. Here are 2 fun sites to check out. Felt food Here or Felt Food Here.

So, instead of making Felt food, I made Felt Play Money. I Googled it to see what was out there & really only found this one site
Felt Money & thought... I can do better that that. Then I had a bit of a brainstorm & was inspired by a former boss who made "Pete Bucks" as an incentive for us (It was a dollar bill with his face on it, it had no monetary value... just bragging rights over who had the most)... And "Anders Bucks" was born.

What you'll need:
3 sheets green felt
1 sheet white felt
1 sheet tan felt
1 sheet dk grey felt
1 sheet lt grey felt
T-shirt iron on transfers (had this in hand)
Fabric paint (had this on hand)
Coins: First I found shapes to trace... the largest coin shape was from the Fisher Price piggy bank, I traced this on the light grey for the quarter.

I used a coin from New Orleans (from a girls weekend before hubby & baby) for the nickel on the dark grey felt.

I used an actual quarter for the dime on the light grey felt & penny on the tan felt. I would not recommend going smaller than a quarter to trace as I found it difficult to get a nice circle. I folded the felt so the coin would be double thick, pinned & traced. I then sewed the circles that I had drawn, keeping the pins in place so the felt wouldn't shift. If you are making these, you could use Stitch Witchery between the layers of felt. I then used my fabric paint & free hand the coin value.
I let the fabric paint dry for 48 hours before cutting out. If you wanted, you could cut numbers out of felt & again used Stitch Witchery to iron them on to the coin.

Dollars:I was able to cut 3 dollars out of each sheet of felt. I used a real dollar to trace the size. Again the dollars are a double layer, so cut sizes per photo. I used print shop & funny faces of Anders for the different dollar amounts. Photos from when he was 2 days old are on the one dollar bill. I cropped & resized them so the height of the oval was 2". Print them out on the T-shirt iron on transfer sheet per the directions.
Cut out the oval face & iron it on the white felt. Then cut out the faces from the felt.

Stitch the faces on the a single layer of green felt. I sewned some in the center & some off center (you know, it makes them less likely to be counterfeit). Then fold the felt dollar in half & edge stitch.
Again, I used fabric paint for the dollar amount.
Come on Mom, let's go ... I have my purse & my money - let's go shopping.

Thank you, Karla

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