Papertrey Ink's February Blog Hop is all about Monograms.
I've been having so much fun playing with felt this year, that I decided my choice monogrammed project had to be made of the fuzzy stuff. So, I created a coffee sleeve and a coordinating mini-card for a useful and personalized gift. To create my sleeve, I simply used a paper coffee sleeve as my template and cut my strip of felt in approximately the same shape.
Since I'm not entirely certain if the coffee sleeve would be used for just one size of cup, my sleeve is a bit longer than the paper one from a local coffee shop. It's easy to adjust the size with the flexible felt fabric and a couple well placed velcro tabs.
I die cut kraft colored felt with some Nestabilities circles and red felt with an alphabet die. Using some embroidery floss I blanket stitched the top circle to coordinate with my Chocolate colored felt. I pulled out my felting needle to attach the initial to the circle and to secure the layered circles on my sleeve (in the photo above you can see the Kraft felt coming through the other side of the sleeve where it's been felted). Since the felting needle left visible marks on the monogram, I just fuzzed up the top of the "k" to hide the tiny needle pricks.
In true Papertrey Ink fashion, a gift like this is not complete without a decorative card to go with it.
For my mini-card (it's about 2.5" square), I pulled out two PTI sets that I bet are not often used together, On the Farm and Tea for Two. Since the sleeve could be used for any kind of hot beverage, I used the sentiment from the Tea for Two set that is suitable for any kind of drink.
I'll admit now that this particular sleeve is a gift for ME!
I cannot wait to use & re-use it... I'll let you know how my handiwork holds up after a few uses.
Happy Monogram Crafting, everyone! Enjoy the Blog Hop!