Another weekend, another winter storm. While I’ve been doing a lot of cooking, I’ve also managed to make a few more things of felt. One of my favorites is Lucky Dog. He’s gone to a new family where one of his companions is a toddler named Calder.
I’ve given away almost everything–a little tropical bird, a cake, a paperweight cross, a crowned tooth, and a tiny white dog have all made their way to new homes. Then I was struck by the practical applications of my felt work.
A week or so ago, I was looking at some table runners and it occurred to me that I could make one for myself using leftover fabric from a couch slipcover and my felt, cut into circles for a penny rug sort of pattern. I cut them, laid them out on the fabric and began to think about the design.
Ultimately I sewed all the circles, as well as some little plant designs and laid them out again. I decided that the runner would be too wide, so separated out a row on each side. This will allow me to self back the runner, once I sew all these “coins” on.
It also left me with extras and I decided I could make placemats or hot pads of them.
I also sewed up this one yesterday during the storm. I’m very pleased with its cheerfulness. With a few strings or ribbons, it could go on a nursery wall as balloons. But I’m using it at the table.