Monday, June 18, 2012

Felt Pirate Fort Ikea Kura Bed

My son's third birthday is coming up next month and my husband and I decided to get him a new "big boy" bed for his room. While internet browsing for said bed, I came across this gem from Ikea:
The bed is reversible and can either be a low bed with a canopy or a loft bed with space to play underneath. The versatility and crafting potential (see: Ikea Hackers) piqued my interest and I convinced my husband to drive us 300 miles round trip in a borrowed minivan to the nearest Ikea that weekend.

Last year, I made these easy-sew curtains for my son's room with a fabric called "Baby Pirate" (and had Scrunch Nose Sews make matching slippers from the remnants).  I used this pattern as my inspiration for decorating the bed.  

Unfortunately, I cannot provide any patterns for the individual pieces because I did them all free hand. I can provide the measurements for the big curtain piece. The front panel piece with the ship and the palm tree measure 62 inches long by 35 inches tall, in sky blue felt. The door piece with the crab, treasure map and sun  measures 16 inches long by 44.5 inches all the way to the bottom. 

Here are some close ups so you can get an idea how they are pieced:

The treasure map is detachable with adhesive Velco keeping it on the beach. The map itself is pieced together from remnants of the curtain fabric. All of these items are glued using Fabri-Tac adhesive, but any permanent fabric glue would probably work. So far it has held up really well. 

The final outside piece is the pirate's treasure chest. The light blue felt panel for this one measures 41 inches long by 32.5 inches high.  

There are 10 numbered coins in the chest, attached with adhesive Velcro. 

My little swashbuckler had fun counting out the coins: 

Next are the inside panels. Since the canopy that Ikea sells that matches the bed has a starry look to it already, I wanted the insides to have a celestial feel. 

To achieve this, I cut panels from dark blue fleece that matched the blue of the bed as best as I could find. The two long panels measure 77 inches long by 30 inches high (I cut the door piece once the panel was hanging. The shorter side measures 38 inches long and 30 inches high. 

I found these foam glow-in-the-dark stars and moons at the craft store. Using the fabric glue, I adhered them all over the fleece panels. 

I hung the panels using as little glue and Velcro as I could so that if I wanted to change things later, I could. The clips of the canopy keep the bulk of the panels in place. 

I decided to add some glow-in-the-dark stars to the canopy as well. I used some plastic ones I found at Walmart, but I'm sure comparable ones could be found at any big box or toy store. I researched a few constellations and decided to make the Big Dipper, Orion, Hercules, and Cancer on the inside of the canopy.  They look a little upside down in the photo, but when you are laying underneath looking up, they go the right direction. 

It's like napping in space! (The Super Mario blanket was my son's choice.) The effect is really cool in the dark but unfortunately I don't have a camera responsive enough to capture "glow".  

Lastly, I made this felt pirate banner to decorate the wall opposite the bed. I'd give a run down on banner making but this post is long enough as it is. If you have a question about any of these things, leave me a comment and I'll try to help you out. 

And now his room is complete!

Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Felt Marshmallow and Roasting Stick Tutorial

Ah, summertime. Warmth is in the air and and the days are long. I wanted to create something felt foody that gave ode to this wonderful time of year. Enter charcoal fire bowl and the roasting marshmallow. 

I noticed an abundance of felt BBQ grills (some taken straight from Jeanette Lim's awesome pattern book) and campfire logs. But I'm dying to get a fire bowl for our back yard. So if I can't have one in real life, I can definitely make one out of felt. But the ultimate accessory is surely the soft, gooey, sweet roasted marshmallow (which could be enjoyed year round if I had said fire bowl. Just sayin'.) I also made the roasting stick with a pipe cleaner. I saw lots of wooden dowels out there in the felt food s'more world but I am reticent to give my two year old a long tapered wooden stick. It's all fun and games until someone pokes their eye out! So here is how to make your own felt food marshmallow and (non wooden) roasting stick: 

The Ingredients: 

- 1 large pipe cleaner, 9 inches long

- roasting stick casing,  8 inches long and 1 inch wide, in dark brown felt

- 2 cream or white felt circles for marshmallow top and bottom, 1.25 inches wide

- outer casing, cream or white felt, 4.75 inches long by 1.75 inches wide

-inner casing, 1.5 inches tall and 1.75 inches wide

The Recipe:

The first step is one I did not originally do up front but should have. Fold over about a half inch of pipe cleaner on both top and bottom loosely so that the raw wire isn't sticking up. Take a scrap of felt and cover the pipe cleaner end. Sew both sides so the pipe cleaner has a little cap at both ends. This will help keep the pipe cleaner from shifting too much and keep the wire from readily poking through. 


Next, fold the roasting stick casing in half, position the pipe cleaner inside, and sew up the sides. As you can see my pipe cleaner ends are not covered but yours should be. 

Then, take your inner marshmallow piece and wrap it around the roasting stick, leaving about an 1/8 of an inch overhang at the top. Sew up to the piece and when you get to the top, close the seam. 

Next, take the inner piece that was just finished and trace the bottom of it on to one of the felt circles. My circle was about a half inch wide. Cut the circle out from the middle of the piece, which is now the bottom of the marshmallow. 

Position the opening of the inner piece in the middle circle of the bottom we just cut out and sew the two together as shown. 

Now, sew the outer marshmallow rectangle piece around the bottom circle. Trim this piece as needed when you sew it around. 

Stitch up the side seam towards the top of the marshmallow. 

Next, add stuffing. Be careful not to over stuff  and throw the inside piece off. I suggest putting the marshmallow on the roasting stick and then adding the stuffing so it maintains the proper shape. 

Lastly, stitch the last circle on to the top of the marshmallow. If you wanted to add a dark brown or black piece to the top/side of your marshmallow for a burned or melted look, you can do that too. But I was lazy and wanted to get out and roast my mallow. 


Happy Felt Fooding!



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