A Fuzzy Felt shape set is a great Quiet toy to keep a little one busy. You can make an easy flannel/cardboard set, but it can also be upgraded a bit with a carry case to make a nice gift for a little friend with a big imagination. The appliqued name takes a little time...a quicker variation on that could be felt letters that are straight-stitched onto the side with one color of thread.
Materials: Denim or other durable fabric for carry tote, flannel, 3-4 colorful fabric scraps of fabric or felt for name applique letters and pocket, fusible webbing, 2 buttons or velcro, various thread colors, 2 sheets of heavy plastic canvas, felt squares in various colors, ponytail holder, scissors.
To make the fold-up carry case, cut a large denim rectangle (22.5" x 14") and 2 smaller white flannel rectangles (11.5" x 14").
Cut 2 narrow rectangles of denim for handles (10" x 3.5").
Cut a rectangle of colored fabric for a pocket (9.5" x 8")
Cut name letters from scraps of colored fabric and iron them to fusible webbing for applique.
First, machine applique the name letters onto the outside of the denim—fold denim in half and turn so the fold is at bottom and then place the letters where you want them. Pin, open denim, and machine applique.
I pinned a rectangle of scrap fabric to the back of the denim to give more durability.
For the pocket: Turn under one long edge of the pocket and zigzag stitch. Now turn the zigzag edge approx. 1 inch down, right sides together, and stitch from top folded edge down to the zigzag edge, leaving a 5/8” seam allowance. Repeat on other side.
Cut the extra fabric at the corners and then turn the pocket edge right side out. Press. If desired, make a buttonhole in the top edge...or sew velcro to the pocket and case.
Pin the pocket to the outer side of the denim so the folded edge of denim is at bottom. Stitch around the 3 sides of the pocket, leaving top open.
To make handles, fold one strip of denim lengthwise and sew down the long edge, leaving a 5/8” seam allowance. Turn it right side out. Repeat with other handle. Press flat so seam is in middle of strip.
Attach one handle to one outside top edge of the carry case, with the seam up on each. Check placement so both sides match. Stitch close to edge.
Turn one long side of flannel in 1/4” and zigzag stitch. Repeat with other piece of flannel.
Now pin the flannel to the denim case, right sides together. Be sure handles are tucked inside.
Also, at this point, you will want to add a loop for buttoning the case closed. Grab a ponytail holder and pin it between the denim and flannel so the big loop is down inside the case like the handles. Pin it so you can stitch across it.
Place the zigzag edges of the flannel in the middle. These will be left open to insert the stiff plastic canvas. Stitch all around the outer edge of the case and flannel with a 5/8” seam allowance. Stitch back and forth across the handles and loop a couple of times to make them secure. Clip corners to reduce bulk. Turn right side out.
Sew a button to the outside for the loop to close over. Sew another button under buttonhole of pocket.
Trim the 2 sheets of plastic canvas to fit inside. Insert. If desired, stitch across the open edge of the flannel to attach it to the denim. I decided to leave mine open so the plastic can be removed and the case is washable. It's snug enough that the plastic won't come out.
Finally, cut out felt shapes to play with...I searched online for simple silhouettes of animals and cars and things, and then adjusted the size before printing and cutting them out for patterns. Lots of geometric shapes are great too. Put the shapes in the pocket and your Fuzzy Felt set is ready for play!