Make your own felt Orange Slices!
Here's a step-by-step version of how to create your own felt Mandarin Orange slice - where I combine the basic instructions given in the Daiso kits (designed by Chihiro Yamato) with ideas from the first felt book I got for this wonderful hobby, the amazing "Big Little Felt Universe" by Jeanette Lim).
Note: While my project is by no means professional, I am also trying to explore different techniques to improve my sewing by borrowing ideas from different sources, books or inspiring crafters whom I will mention as long as I can.
I will also be including these techniques (even if they are basic) as notes(*) along the way to chart my progress on my 1 Felt Project-a-Week that continues with this mandarin orange slice (part of Project 5) :)
More details on the book by Jeanette Lim can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/Big-Little-Felt-Universe-Squeeze/dp/1600596754/ref=pd_sim_sbs_b_1 or http://www.bookdepository.com/Big-Little-Felt-Universe-Jeanette-Lim/9781600596759.
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Then, embroider one side (the side facing outwards) of each of the orange slice with alternating short and long straight stitches in a matching coloured (orange) thread as shown.
*Note: Embroidering on both sides of the orange helps to make it look more realistic if you prefer that touch (compared to just sewing onto one side as originally suggested in the given instructions in the user-friendly kit).
Next, sew one of the outside pieces to the gusset using overcast stitches in the matching thread.
Do ensure that the tapered end of the gusset is in line with each (left and right) side of your first orange (outside) piece.
After sewing one side of the gusset, proceed with sewing the other length of the gusset to the second (outside) piece of the orange slice with the same alignment. Your sewn orange slice should look something like the one shown in the picture here.
*Note: One amazing tip I learnt from Jeanette Lim's amazing book, "Big Little Felt Universe" is to ensure that I use double threading for my overcast (or whip) stitches from now onwards to make it look neater.