I have long admired the wonderful felt Cupcakes
and tiny pastries that I have seen on many of the craft blogs. They all have the wonderful air of European tea cakes with fancy frosting work. But for as much as I love them all I wanted to create the cupcake of my childhood. You know, the one that mom made even if she was not the best baker in the world. Sort of lopsided but made with lots of love and made even better by some yummy butter cream frosting and if we were very lucky some colored jimmies.
So I toyed around with the pattern and I now bring you....
The All American cupcake!
Please excuse the photo. Although the weather here has been warm it has been hazy and not very good light for pictures.
The following is a short and sweet tutorial on how to make my little cuppy. If you would like a copy of the pattern please leave me a comment with your email addy and I will send you a PDF copy of the pattern. I hope to have a downloadable copy in the next few days but don't hold your breath since I also have 3 other projects due by this weekend.
So with no further ado.... Let's rock the cupcake!
You will need some wool felt. Of course you can use craft felt but it's not near as nice to hold or to hand sew, but use what ya got if it saves you a trip to the fabric store ( I have no idea why I would say that since I never miss an excuse to go)
The first step is going to be to cut out the felt pieces using your pattern as a guide
You will cut one of the arch shape, one plain circle and one circle with the scalloped edge
Next you will handsew the the side of the ~cake~ part of your cupcake. I just slightly overlapped the edges and then did a tight little running stitch in a color to match my felt. This is NOT rocket science and felt is a very forgiving medium so don't freak out about this. Just sew a nice seam and tie off, hiding the knot to the inside of the cupcake.
Next take your sweet bottom circle and right away notice that it's somewhat bigger than the bottom opening of your cuppy. No, it's not wrong. You did not cut wrong. It is drafted large to make for an easy fit and sewing experience since one should never have to curse while sewing a felt cupcake, that would be just plain old wrong!
Place your cake section on your work surface and fit your felt circle into the bottom, like this.
Please note that it's ruffled up towards the inside. This will give you lots of material to catch as you sew a firm bottom seam.
As you start working your way around the bottom taking small but firm stitches you will work out the extra fabric by folding it to the inside of the cupcake.
The goal here is to sew your way to a nice flat bottom on your cupcake.
So at this point you now have a fun little felt cup that is ready to really start looking like a cupcake.
Take your scalloped edge circle and hold it to the inside edge of the felt cup. You want the little scallops to be peaking over the edge like this.
Start sewing around attaching the ~frosting~ to the cake. As you start working your way around the edge you can manipulate the felt a bit to get it all to lay nice and fit well.
This is a good time to once again chant your mantra about felt craft being a forgiving art. But trust me.. it's all good and it will work.
REMEMBER~~~ don't close the whole top up... you are going to need to stuff your little cuppy.
See... how easy was that? You now have your frosting almost all the way on!
Now it's time to add the rice.
I find that rice works better than dry beans, but use what you have. Fill your cupcake 1/2 full with rice. I find that the stupid little response cards that drop out of magazines are the perfect size and thickness to use as a small funnel for this purpose.
After the rice comes the stuffing. I like to use wool roving but pillow fluff will do. Just remember to pack it in there real tight to get a nice dome on the top of your cupcake. And don't worry if it's a little wonky. Mom's cupcakes were never all that straight but were still wonderful.
Now were are in the home stretch.. sew on the rest of your frosting. This might take a bit of tugging but it's well worth it to get a nice rounded tight top.
Now it's time to decorate! I did lazy daises on mine since I wanted all of the surface for pin storage, but I do think that vintage buttons would look great. Have fun with this part and please let me know if you make one of my little All American Cupcakes since I love to see how others put together color and detail to make it their own.