The Eight-grader is in orchestra and has been for three years. Our area has great music programs that we are very happy to support in any way we can. Sunday and then again tomorrow night are silent auctions to benefit two different Orchestra programs. Since few middle school/high school parents are in the market for newborn items, I opted to find some other items I could make for the auctions and settled on two really cute Easter projects made from felt.
Dark and White ‘Chocolate’ Easter Bunnies. I made some like these a few years ago for my Easter mantel and LOVE them. They come out every year for Spring. Pretty easy to make and darling. They would also tuck so nicely into Easter baskets. I found the pattern online but the original creator has since made her blog private. It’s a great simple shape, and one you could easily sketch out. The Dark Chocolate Bunny is about 10″ high and the White Chocolate Bunny is 8″. I also have a tan “milk chocolate” 8″ that I’m going to package as a trio for the Tuesday night auction. It’s a pretty easy $10-20 for the program.
My second project has me totally giddy! Felt Rabbit Treat Bags. The original idea and pattern came from MerMag and are adorable! They aren’t hard to make, but the embellishing takes a bit of time. The bag portion is about 4.5″ square with an opening (~1.5″) between the ears for small candies like Kisses or small chocolate eggs. They hold a surprising amount of treats! Such a cute addition to an Easter basket!! And I love that they are totally reusable for the next year, and the next.
Saturday, I had a small stack of bags I’d made with me and was stitching faces on others, at the kids chess tournament. A friend purchased 3 from me right there. Score $20 for the orchestra. Then Sunday at the auction they didn’t sell at all – A total packaging fail. I had them stacked up in a large clear bag (exactly like the chocolate bunnies above – which did sell) – super cute, honest! – but I don’t think anyone could tell what they were. Ugh … lesson learned. I get it, people want to touch them… I picked them up, made a donation to the program and promptly put a call out on Facebook offering to make bags for friends with 100% of the proceeds going to the orchestra programs. Bam, overnight I’ve sold an additional 11 bunny bags. Good thing I just started a new audio book and have lots of felt!
The last couple of weeks have been busy for the shop. I’ve made lots of trips to the post office with bundles that look a lot like these.
Tuesday night was the Webelos’ Blue and Gold Banquet. This years theme –> Happy Birthday! So fitting as the Blue and Gold Banquet celebrates the birthday of the Cub Scouting program. Our Pack always has a dessert contest associated with our Blue and Gold Banquet. This year The Webelos wanted to make a multiple layered cone shaped birthday party hat cake. Yep … he wanted to pull that cake off on a school night. Ahhh, No. We brainstormed our options and he decided that cupcakes might be the better way to go. We thought about using sugar cones dipped in royal icing for hats, but then we found these sweet little paper party hats made out of cupcake liners. Perfection!
The Webelos helped me make the hats. A regular cup cake liner, folded in half and then rolled into a cone. Once you fold it in half, if you begin to fold it a second time to divide the circle into quarters, lining up the flat folded edge, make a very small crease at the center of the liner, this will help you shape the cone. As you shape the cone, overlap the wavey edge of the paper about 1-1/4″ and secure with a thin line of craft or school glue. I love to use clothes pins when waiting for glue to dry so I can move on to the next item I’m making. They work really, really well. Allow the glue to dry completely before adding the pom poms. The pom poms are glued on with a small dab of hot glue.
I realized Tuesday night that he’s placed each year … as a Wolf, we made Ewok Cupcakes to go with a Star Wars theme. As a Bear, he entered cups of “Black Plaque” (traditionally known as Death by Chocolate) for the medieval theme. And this year as a Webelos he took 3rd place with these cupcakes.
Moist Chocolate Cupcakes (recipe from the Cake Mix Doctor)
1 box* (18.25oz) devil’s food cake mix w/ pudding
1 cup sour cream
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare cupcake pan with liners (recipe will make ~24 cupcakes). Dump everything into a large mixing bowl. *If your cake mix weighs less than 18.25 oz – and most of them do – just add 6T of flour to the ingredients. Works perfectly!
Blend well with an electric mixer for 3 minutes – stop part way through to scrape down the sides and make sure everything on the bottom of the bowl is getting mixed in.
Fill prepared cupcake liners with batter about 3/4 full. Bake for 16-18 minutes depending on your oven. Cool on a wire rack and frost when completely cooled.
Simple Fluffy Vanilla Frosting
1 small box vanilla pudding
1 cup milk
1 small tub of whipped topping, thawed
Blend vanilla pudding and milk until well incorporated. Fold in whipped topping. Pipe onto cupcakes using a large round tip.
This is a really yummy frosting and easy for a kid to make! It is pale pale yellow in color and isn’t heavy so you can pile it on without it overpowering the cupcake. I will warn you that this is a soft frosting that won’t hold the shape of a star tip or similar tip, so keep that in mind when you go to frost your cupcakes. You can make it a bit stiffer by using less milk, but you’ll still want to use round tips for frosting.
Ages ago I purchased (4) 20″ pillow forms. I’m pretty sure it was THREE houses ago and I can’t rightly remember exactly what the plan was. Oh my, my ability to hold on to things is a blessing and a curse.
Monday I got a bee in my bonnet to make a throw pillow. Something that would be a nod to Valentine’s day but would also work during other seasons. I have always loved red and white quilts. It is a classic quilting color combination that never goes out of fashion and works beautifully with the traditional quilt square, bears paw.
I chose 9 different red fabrics from my stash. They each had a small white print on them and were roughly the same hue of red. Using this mini quilt as my inspiration and this measurement sheet, I made 9, 6″ mini bear paw blocks. To get my quilt top to the needed 20″ I framed the nine blocks with 1 3/4″ strips of the same white Kona cotton I used in the blocks and set red squares in each corner.
Before quilting, I layered my little top with a 21″ square of white cotton fabric, 21″ square of white cotton batting, and another 21″ square of white cotton. I opted to quilt it in a simple diagonal pattern, following the lines of the blocks.
I used the envelope pillow backing method with a sweet little Mary Engelbreit red and white modern toile print I’ve hung on to for ages and ages. It’s perfect for this pillow, absolutely perfect and makes me grin from ear to ear knowing it’s there. Even better that I had just the right amount with only a few inches to spare. I am so pleased with the result!
I used the quilt binding method of finishing off the edges. I hadn’t realized until I was hand sewing the binding down, that I can now use this as a small table top quilt or wall hanging or for it’s intended purpose, a pillow cover.
I love the pop of red with the yellow and green. Ahh, I’m already planning the next one I want to make – there are three more forms to cover. And did I mention this entire project came 100% from my stash! Hoping I can keep that streak going.