Every year my female family members get together for a tea party, but last year our favorite tea room closed. So I thought it would be fun to make a little keepsake to remember our times there. The basic idea is to transfer a photo to mod podge and attach it to a felt pouch shaped like a teacup. This tutorial can be modified to your own interests or family traditions by just using the photo of your choice and cutting the felt in any shape you'd like. Now let's get started.
What you'll need:
- embroidery thread and needle
- mod podge
- paint brush
- water in a spray bottle
- a family photo and a printer
Start by picking out a photo you'd like to use and print it out or make a photocopy. Paint the mod podge onto the front of the photo and let it dry for a few minutes. Paint on another layer and let it dry for about 15 minutes.
Once you're sure it's dry, take the spray bottle and spray the back of the photo with water. Carefully use your finger (NOT your fingernails) to rub off the back part of the paper, just leaving a thin layer of mod podge with your photo on it. The end result should be translucent and feel kind of like plastic.
Allow the photo to dry again for a few minutes. Then take your embroidery thread and very carefully begin stitching the photo transfer onto your felt (cut into whatever shape you'd like). I made big stitches because I wanted it to really look handmade, but you can change the stitch if you'd prefer.
Then cut out another piece of felt the exact shape and size of the first one. Use another strand of embroidery thread to stitch the two sides together, leaving just the top open. I also chose to tie on a little loop of embroidery thread so it could also be used as an ornament or hang on a wall. I haven't decided where it's going yet.
I hope some of you give this project a try and put your own little twist on it. It's so fun to make little keepsake items that are personal to you!
Keep up with new posts: RSS // Bloglovin // Twitter