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The Cast of Frozen…in Felt.

I’ve taken quite a long hiatus from crafts/projects due to my first trimester being completely debilitating.  Since I’m fnally starting to feel better I figured I should probably start getting as much stuff done before the baby comes as possible.  So I decided to tackle another project that I knew J was going to love:  more felt people.  She still uses the original ones I made on a daily basis.  A few of the Cinderella characters have gotten lost, but we still have all 13 Disney Princesses, to my complete shock.  Just goes to show how much she loves those things!

As usual, making the characters on my Silhouette was the most tedious part.  After I had all of the patterns cut, it only took 2 nap times to glue everyone together.  I really like the way most of these ones turned out.  All except Sven, hahaha.  He’s…special…

You can find more detailed instructions on how to make them in my original post, but here’s a quick rundown.  I search for each character on Google Images and then recreate it as best I can in my Silhouette program.  Here’s a screenshot of my finished cast.  frozen-felt-silhouette-screenshotThen I take each outfit apart and use the print and cut feature, which allows me to print the template onto my printer and then feed it into the Silhouette to cut all of the pieces out for me.  Then I peel off each piece and hand cut each outfit piece out of the corresponding color of felt.  Then I hot glue the outfits and hair onto my naked felt people, and voila, finished!  Sounds much easier than it actually is, haha.  Well, not that it’s difficult per se…just very time consuming.  Although I was surprised by the short amount of time it took for me to put the entire cast together.  Less than a week of nap times!  I was able to get them finished before our 5 hour drive home for my sister’s wedding, which was a blessing in disguise.  Although about half of them are now missing.  Sigh.  One of these days I’ll learn to not take things into the black-hole that my family home is.

So here they are!

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Anna and Elsa. I already had these two from when I made all of the Princesses. Anna’s hair is the wrong color, haha, but I’m going to wait until she gets lost (which is inevitable) before I make a new one.

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Olaf, Oaken & Hans

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The sleigh, Sven and Kristoff. I told you Sven was interesting looking…

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Grand Duke and the two guardsmen

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Ice Castle (which I did not use a template for.  I just eyeballed it) & Marshmallow

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4 of the trolls. J asked for “just as many as are in the movie” but I nipped that in the bud REAL fast.

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Anna & Elsa in their coronation gowns

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The cast of Frozen!

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All 13 Disney Princesses. In Felt.

We were about to embark on a ridiculously long car ride.  C was days away from turning one and since we’re currently only 5 1/2 hours from home (and this will probably be the closest we’d be for awhile) I figured I would do his 1st birthday party at home so the family could all attend (read about his awesome dog themed birthday party here!).  And then after searching for months we finally found a rescue that was willing to give us a new dog after our Saint, Jack, passed away.  The downside?  He was located in upstate New York and they wouldn’t transport him.  So we decided to combine the two trips.  5 1/2 hours to my hometown on Thursday, 5 hours to Troy, NY Sunday morning and 8 hours on Monday back down to our home.  That’s a lot of car time for a 1 and 4 year old.  Especially when I’m ridiculously anal about screen time and won’t allow my daughter to watch more than one DVD or play 30 min on her Leappad per 2+ hour car ride.

I had just finished my Cinderella felt people and I wanted to get one more set done before we left so she would have that to help keep her occupied in the car (which worked like a charm, FYI.  Totally worth the days and days and days and days and days and days and days and days and days…where was I?  Oh…days and days and days of nap time).  I gave her a choice:  either all of the just the princesses or the cast of Snow White.  She went for just princesses.

You can see my “Another Monster Project” blog entry for specific details on how I made them.  Basically I made a template for each princess, used the Print and Cut feature on my Silhouette to cut out the outfit pattern pieces, hand cut the pieces from felt and hot glued the teeny tiny clothing onto felt bodies.  No biggie 😉

For most of my princesses I used Continually Creative‘s templates that she has posted on her blog for a princess duvet she made for her daughter.  They were extremely helpful.

Cinderella was already made.  Only 12 left!felt-disney-princesses-cinderellaAurorafelt-disney-princesses-auroraSnow Whitefelt-disney-princesses-snow-whiteBellefelt-disney-princesses-belleRapunzelfelt-disney-princesses-rapunzelMeridafelt-disney-princesses-meridaTianafelt-disney-princesses-tianaJasminefelt-disney-princesses-jasmineMulan (although I didn’t actually end up using her Mulan pattern since that dress was a lot different from the one I wanted.  I just made Mulan up on the fly by looking at pictures of her).felt-disney-princesses-mulanand Ariel.felt-disney-princesses-arielContinually Creative didn’t have a pattern for Pocahontas.  Her dress is super simple though, so I was able to just throw it together on my own by eyeballing a picture of her.  Her hair used to be longer but somehow one of the sides ripped/fell off so I had to give her a trim.  Oh well.felt-disney-princesses-pocahontasContinually Creative also didn’t have a pattern for Anna or Elsa (she made her duvet in 2013 before FROZEN–I always feel the title needs to be shouted).  Fortunately I found a Portuguese blogger who makes Anna and Elsa dolls.  I used her templates for their hair and clothing.felt-disney-princesses-elsafelt-disney-princesses-annaHere are some screenshots of the templates I made on my Silhouette Studio program in case those are helpful.silhouette-studio-screenshot-felt-princesses-2 silhouette-studio-screenshot-felt-princesses-1

Last but not least, I figured a castle would be helpful.  After all, they need somewhere to live!  I found a simple template on Google Images, saved it to my computer, opened it up in the Studio program, sized it, used the print and cut feature to cut out the pattern for me, hand cut it out of felt and hot glued it all together!  Hands down the easiest part of this entire process.felt-princess-castle

And that’s it!  Once I made the templates (which is definitely the most time-consuming part; that in and of itself was about a weeks worth of nap times), the gals only took 3 or 4 nap times to make, with a few last-minute mornings added in to ensure I was finished before we left.  The castle was just 2 nap times!

And all of that hard work definitely paid off–not only did she play with it during all 3 car rides, she also played with it at my father’s house and at the hotel.  And she’s had it for over a month now and plays with it nearly every day during quiet time!  In fact, that’s what she’s in there doing right now 😀

Now I need to get cracking on the other 12 stories…

 

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Another Monster Project. Because I Just Don’t Have Anything Better To Do With My Free Time.

Well I’ve finally started one of my mega-projects.  Remember how I said that I want to turn the blank side of J’s Art Activity Center into a felt board?  Well, I decided it was time to actually DO it!

So my end goal is to make all of the characters/props from all of the princess stories out of felt so she can reenact it.  Ya know, no big deal.

I decided to start with Cinderella.

First I made a list:  Cinderella in her rags, Cinderella in her pink dress, Cinderella in her blue dress, glass slippers, Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, Drizella, Lucifer, Bruno, 2 birds, Gus, Jaq, the Fairy Godmother, a pumpkin, the coach, the Grand Duke and the Prince.  Pssshhh, simple!!!!

I knew my Silhouette was going to play a giant part in this project.  I opened up the program and got to work.  I’m not going to lie…making all of the templates took FOREVER.   And of course I can’t figure out how to upload a Silhouette Studio document on here on the off chance you already own one and are planning on doing something like this.  Figures.  If you do want my Studio document leave a comment with your email address and I’ll send it to you that way!

I used Continually Creative’s princess template to start. I opened up Cinderella, saved her to my computer and opened the downloaded file in the Silhouette program.  I’ve made felt people before for J’s Quiet Books so I already had a felt person (you can find the template for the person I used on Serving Pink Lemonade’s blog here).  I resized the body template to what seemed like a good size for a felt board.  I moved the Cinderella template on top of it and sized it so it fit well.  Then I used the trace feature and ungrouped the tracing so I had the separate pieces of her dress and hair.

I went to Google Images to search for all of the other characters, and then repeated those steps for everyone else.

I spent days and days and days and days and days of nap times (seriously, I’m not exaggerating) recreating everyone in my Silhouette program.  Then the easy part:  cutting and gluing.  If you don’t own a Silhouette (which you really should.  Seriously, go buy one immediately!) this part will take you a lot longer since you’ll have to cut it all out by hand.

In Silhouette Studio I took each separate piece of each individual outfit and grouped them next to one another.  I colored each shape so I would know what felt color each piece needed, which saved time during the cutting phase.  Here’s a screenshot of my computer to give you an idea as to what I’m talking about…silhouette-screen-shot-cinderella-castAfter I colored and arranged all of the pieces I used the print and cut feature.  If you’re unfamiliar with this feature it’s simple:  you load the paper into your printer where it prints out your creation, then you lay it on your cutting mat, load it into the Silhouette and the machine cuts out everything for you!  It cut out all of those teeny tiny pieces for me!  Amazing!!

Next I filled an entire 8×11 inch page on the Silhouette program with blank people.  silhouette-screen-shot-felt-peopleI picked up some skin tone felt from Michaels (since that’s apparently the one color I don’t have!).  In order to cut felt with the Silhouette a bit of prep work is required.  You need to purchase some Heat n Bond.  I bought 5 yards prepackaged from Walmart since I’m constantly cutting felt and it was the most cost-effective way I found at the time.  When I first started out I just purchased the 1.5 yard package from Michaels and used a 40% off coupon to lower the price.

Cut your Heat n Bond to the correct size and iron it to the “wrong” side of the felt (obviously there isn’t a right or wrong side of felt.  Basically just pick a side).heat-n-bond-ironed-onto-feltThere are instructions included, but really that’s all there is to it.  Then stick the felt onto the cutting mat with the Heat n Bond against the sticky side.  Load it into the machine.  Set your blade to 10, your speed to 3 and thickness to 33.  I usually check the ‘double cut’ box as well.felt-peopleJust like you should have special scissors that are only used for cutting fabric, the same goes for a special Silhouette blade.  They do sell fabric blades, but they’re the exact same thing as a normal blade, just in a blue casing so it’s easy to tell it apart from your others.  I simply took an extra blade I hadn’t opened yet, wrapped masking tape around it and drew a big ‘F’ on it.

There is a downside to using the Silhouette to cut felt.  Because you have to use the Heat n Bond in order to send it through the machine, the side that had the Heat n Bond leaves a shiny “thing” on it.  I don’t know how to describe it.  Oh–it’d be like if you put clear Scotch tape on the felt.  It’s not sticky and it doesn’t peel off or do anything–but felt won’t stick to felt anymore.

See the difference between Drizzela’s front versus her back?  Her face and arms are shiny from the Heat n Bond on the front, and on the back you can see it on her hair.
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In order to get around this situation I made sure to glue the clothing pieces on the wrong side of the felt–the side the Heat n Bond was ironed onto.  That way the body will stick to the felt board without any issues at all.

I peeled the clothing pieces off of the cutting mat, focusing on one character/object at a time.  They were tiny pieces and I didn’t want to lose any of them.  And then since nothing had to be precise, I simply held the template onto the felt with one hand and cut it out with the other.  I arranged the pieces onto the body and hot glued everything on.

I used this template for the Prince and Grand Duke, changing what was needed to customize their outfits.  felt-cinderella-characters-prince-grand-dukeI used my Cinderella template for Lady Tremaine, Drizella, Anastasia and pink Cinderella.felt-cinderella-characters-pink-blue-anastasia-tremaine-drizellaFor rags Cinderella I used the templates I had saved for Anna and Elsa (which were next on my list), which can be found here.  felt-cinderella-characters-ragsFor the Fairy Godmother, Jaq, Gus and Lucifer I used the stock images from Disney and recreated them as best as I could.  It’s been about a month since I’ve made the characters and somehow Jaq has been lost.felt-cinderella-characters-gus-lucifer-fairy-godmotherThe birds, dog and pumpkin images were all preloaded onto my Silhouette.  For the coach I just cut out two pumpkins (one orange and one white) and then added a window, wheels and a twirly thing to turn it into a coach.  Apparently the coach and Bruno are hanging out with Jaq in no man’s land as well.  If you want to see Jaq and Bruno just check out the photo of the entire cast below.  Fortunately I was smart enough to take a picture immediately after I finished making them–before they could get lost or ruined.  felt-cinderella-characters-pumpkin-birds

Ta-da!  4 naptimes later I had the complete cast of Cinderella!
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