Pardon the dark pictures... the rain was annoying!
I saw this project on Craftiness is Not Optional. You can get the tutorial here. I love the fabrics that CINO used! I wasn't sure that I wanted to use regular repeated patterns.... I was thinking they might be too hard since there's no real border for these puzzles.
The blocks were from Casey's Wood Products. I used the 2 inch cubes/blocks and I ordered enough for four puzzles (figured I'd need them and then I'm only paying shipping once.) I looked around and Casey's was the best price I could find. The blocks were smooth and a good weight. They were not all exactly the same size, but it didn't really matter.... just had to trim fabric here and there.
|This one is a bit difficult to put together, but puppies are fun.|
I was so excited to find some fabric panels and fabric story books to use as the puzzles. I think they worked out great. My sister helped me! She used the foam brush and put the decoupage on the blocks and I put the fabric on the blocks. It was a great system! Instead of pressing the blocks down with my hand, I used a white sheet of paper. It helped to keep my hands from getting too sticky. =)
After it dried I did another coat of decoupage a few days later. This sealed in any loose ends and put a nice finish on the blocks.
|LOVE the Pokey Little Puppy!|
|I just couldn't resist Paddington Bear! I wrote the message using a fabric pen and sealed it with my iron.|
AND then you have 6 puzzles in 1 ! =) TADA!Of course, I had to make a cute drawstring bag to hold all the blocks. It's functional in that it can always hold the blocks, and it's $$ saving because I didn't need to wrap it!
Drawstring bags are really easy ~ I'll post a tutorial soon!