Despicable Me party favors
Unicorn pencil cases
For the favors for this party, I tried to combine a few of the movie's themes:
space, moon, rockets, unicorn
and made "moon-shaped" pencil cases with a unicorn on them and rocket crayons inside.
Here's how to make the little cases:
you will need:
a zip (mine was 8")
two strips of fabric the same length as the zip (zip + 2 strips make up the width of the case)
enough piping to go around the circles
one strip of fabric - width of the case
unicorn template - download it HERE (this is a .studio file for the Silhouette or
Craft Robo cutter)
white flocked heat transfer material
Pin the 2 strips of fabric to the zip
Sew in place, turn over and topstitch close to the edge.
Sew together the zip and the other fabric strip at both ends.
Add piping, overlapping the ends.
Unpick the stitching at one end of the piping and cut the piping cord to match the overlap.
Sew as close to the edge as possible.
Cut out the unicorn out of flocked heat transfer material and iron on.
Pin in place, going through all layers including piping.
From a different angle.
I made the circles slightly bigger than necessary so that I would have
plenty of fabric to play with.
It adds a few steps (you have to cut down the circle pieces and serge around again)
but I just find it easier/less fiddly that way.
Do the same with the other circle, remembering to open the zip
before you sew it up so that you can still turn the case right side out.
Sew through all layers, as close as possible to the edge of the piping cord.
If you turn it right side out at this point, it will look like this.
Trim the excess and serge around again.
(If you're not too lazy to re-thread your serger, use matching grey thread.)
The next step:
the rocket crayons
This is nothing new (not rocket science, if you will - pun intended)
Melt crayons in a double boiler or bain Marie.
I used old jam jars because the melted crayon residue makes the container non-reusable.
i found that 2 Crayola brand crayons were just the right amount for one of these rocket crayons.
(chocolate mold bought on ebay).
I would melt 2 crayons at a time, because if you do more than that,
by the time you pour the melted crayon into the mold, it cools down and doesn't pour anymore,
but simply coats the jar.
When the mold is full, let the crayons set
(if you're in a hurry, stick them in the fridge for a few minutes)
When they have cooled down completely they will slide right out of the mold.