As you may have read in some of my earlier posts I am participating in the Valentine Craft Swap being put on by Becky over at Strumpet's Crumpets. As soon as I was assigned my swap partner (hi Ruth!) I knew straight away what I wanted to make - a plush cupcake! It is something that I have been wanting to make for a while now and now I had the perfect reason to make one. So I sat down, drew up a pattern, bought my material and got sewing! I have to say it was a lot of fun and it has definitely made me want to do a bit more sewing. I thought since I am relatively new to it all that it would be a bit weird for me to post up a tutorial, but then I thought 'what the hell?'. So here we are the first ever Red Deer tutorial!
How to make a plush cupcake
Cupcake top (pdf) and Cupcake bottom (pdf)
Stuffing stick (or chopstick)
Felt for the cupcake top (I used bright yellow)
Felt for the hearts (I used light and dark pink)
Felt for the eyes (I used black)
Felt for the cheeks (I used light pink)
Felt for the mouth (I used red)
Fabric for the cupcake bottom (I used a cream cotton fabric)
Matching embroidery thread for the hearts, eyes, cheeks, mouth and cupcake bottom
Sewing thread to match cupcake top and bottom
Download and print the patterns for the cupcake top and bottom. Using your tracing paper and pencil trace out the cupcake top, a heart, an eye, a cheek, the mouth and the cupcake bottom.
Cut out all of the shapes from the tracing paper, pin to the appropriate fabric and cut out the pieces. (Obviously you will need 2 cupcake tops, 2 cupcake bottoms, 10 hearts, 2 eyes, 2 cheeks and 1 mouth).
Next using the lines on the cupcake bottom pattern as a guide embroider some running stitches on both cupcake bottom pieces using an embroidery thread that matches the fabric.
Using matching embroidery thread sew the eyes, cheeks and mouth on to the front of one of the cupcake bottom pieces.
Using matching embroidery thread sew the hearts onto the two cupcake top pieces - using the cupcake top pattern as a guide for placement.
Now you are ready to piece together your plush cupcake.
Sew the cupcake tops onto the cupcake bottoms using the same embroidery thread that were used to embroider the cupcake bottoms.
Now you are ready to finish this baby!
Pin the two cupcake pieces together (right sides facing) and using your sewing machine sew around the edge leaving at least a 1cm border, and leaving a small gap (4cm or so) on the cupcake bottom for stuffing. Now take your scissors and clip the fabric around the curved edges.
Turn the cupcake the right side out through the gap that you left - be gentle!
Stuff the cupcake using the stuffer/chopstick to push the filling into all of the corners of the cupcake. Then pin the stuffing opening and use a blind stitch to close it.
Voila! You now have a plush cupcake!!
Hope you like your present Ruth - and I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's day!