While moving over to my sewing table, I remembered the massive amounts of craft felt I had stored away in the closet. I decided I wanted to use it since the idea was already brewing. I was imagining a light grey cloud appliqued on to a layer of dark grey. I didn't want the applique to show on the back, so it would probably need another layer of dark grey.
So, I dragged the felt out of the back corner of the closet and started free-handing (or free-scissoring, as it were) a cloud out of the light grey. I then cut out 2 10in x 7in rectangles from the dark grey. I zigzag stitched the cloud to the first piece of dark grey felt. I used the largest zig zag stitch my machine has, and left the stitches spaced out since I like the look of the obvious threads. After I did that I decided that my little cloud had an expression that I needed to bring out, so I got out a fabric marker and some thread and stitched a chibi little face on him. It has a multipurpose expression... Maybe he's hot from the toasty food, or maybe he's getting ready to blow on it, or maybe he has cloud-stipation. Thats up to the viewer!
Then, for the finishing touches, I got out the serger to overlock the edges of the two pieces of dark grey felt together. Like with the zigzagging of the cloud, I wanted the threads to be obvious, so I used a wide 4-thread overlock stitch and white thread. Zip, zip, zip, zip, and Cloudy McPlacemat was born!
|Cloudy McPlacemat, minutes after birth.|
|Cloudy's first big job, yesterday's dinner.|
|I think he wanted to eat my dinner tonight... I don't blame him, it was tasty!|