Itâ€™s a Cooking Mama Apron! Or rather an apron, adorned with a hand cut felt appliquÃ© of none other than Cooking Mama of Nintendo fame. Itâ€™s a little bit of a joke with my friend Heidi, who was the recipient, but I am really excited with how it turned out.
To start with, if youâ€™re not framilar with the game Iâ€™ll give you a quick overview. Basically your goal is to make different dishes like sticky rice and sweet fired egg following along step-by-step as instructed by Mama. Each step along the way you either succeed and earn her praise or fail and have to bear Mamaâ€™s wrath. Here is a still from the DS game, specifically a still of Mama, when she is less then happy with your work.
When Heidi last came to visit I let her borrow the game. We joked about her fireball eyes and repeated the line â€œDonâ€™t worry, Mama will fix it.â€ So late one night over IM I was brainstorming with my friend Lindsey, trying to come up with something to make to cheer Heidi up. There were a lot of good ideas but when we finally got to the idea of a â€œCooking Mama Apronâ€ we both knew that was the hands down winner. (Thanks again Lindsey!)
So I got to work making patterns from the screen cap of the game.
Then I traced all the patterns onto paper-backed, double-sided fusible webbing.
When I was done tracing...
I ironed the fusible webbing onto the felt and got to cutting.
I started the cutting with an x-acto knife but found I made better progress with my super-sharp gingher scissors. Each piece was hand cut and adhered in layers with the iron-on adhesive backing. Below you can see some of the cut pieces before they were fused, and after.
I love how the layers of felt create some dimension, almost like a sort of a low relief sculptureâ€¦
It was also important to me the apron was just right. The pink gingham fabric and the lace were essential for the kitsch factor. I found a great little tutorial and pattern for the apron on craftster. I also thought it would be a nice idea to turn the little â€œscoreâ€ box into a little pocket, which I trimed in blue lace to match the game.
So this is the completed project. Iâ€™m really excited with how it turned out. Itâ€™s one of the more complicated projects Iâ€™ve done in a while, and it made me feel all accomplished when I was done.
The gift was a hit and I hope you like it. :)