Earlier this week, July 18th, to be exact, was National Ice Cream day. Yum, right? I mean, who doesn’t like ice cream? Okay I could probably give you a list of people who don’t like it or can’t eat it, but let’s pretend the world is perfect and ice cream is fat free, calorie free, and absolutely perfect for every single person in the world to eat. My bizarre holidays calendar informed me that July 18th is ALSO National Caviar day. You have to wonder who decided to pair those two delicacies. Frozen boob juice and fish eggs? Bizarre. You know I loved it and HAD to make it work. (I’m being possessed by Tim Gunn. New season of Project Runway OMG!)
Step 1: Gather it up and cut it down!
Your materials list is as follows:
- Free pattern! Download me, baby!
- Felt in various ice cream sundae flavors (I used red, purple, brown, white, and cream)
- Thread or embroidery floss
- Pins or stapler
Cut your pattern pieces according to the directions helpfully written on the pattern (I’m super thoughtful like that). You have a choice between bowl sizes – I used the inner circle. If you use the outer circle, you’ll have to cut more of everything else too, but it’ll be a rockin’ huge sundae!! Cut a strip of felt long enough to go all the way around the bowl bottom. I made mine about 2 inches tall. I find that stapling the pattern pieces to the felt works better than pinning, but you do what you want!
Step 2: Pack that Bowl!
Sew your felt strip all the way around the bowl base using either a whip stitch or blanket stitch (or buttonhole stitch… all these stitch names confuse and frighten me. I’m just a simple caveman). Stitch up the back.
Next, stuff your bowl firmly and then cut a piece of felt the same color as your ice cream and stuff it down over the top of your stuffing. You don’t want to be showing your bits to the world. Tacky.
Step 3: Top it!
To turn your ice cream circles into globs, you’re gonna have to gather. Gather gather gather. To do that, make stitches about 1/4-inch long and about 1/4-inch apart and sew all the way around. Once you’ve reached your first stitch, tug gently on your thread and it will cinch up. Stuff some stuffing in there, cinch it tight, and secure it and lock it down with a knot.
Put your ice cream blobs in your bowl with the gathered sides towards the middle and tack them down. Attach them to the bowl, being careful not to go all the way through to the outside, to each other, and to the felt covering your stuffing. Lay your hot fudge piece over the top and tack it down. I sewed some of the longer pieces to the bowl, and that will keep everything a little contained.
To make a lovely little blob of whipped cream, you’re going to gather it up once again. Sew all the way around from tip to tip, going from front to back and then tug on the thread to pull it all in. You can stuff it if you want or leave it flat. I left mine flat. Pull the thread out through the bottom and knot it then sew it on.
Finally, the cherry on top! Make the cherry the same way you made the ice cream, but once you’ve cinched it and secured it, run your needle through the middle and come out through the top and make a stitch. When you pull the stitch through, give it a good solid tug and then knot it so that it gives you the dent every cherry has (forgive my horrible manicure).
Sew that baby on, and you’re done! Unless of course you want to add a pile of caviar, herring, pickle slices, or shoe leather. That’s totally up to you. This would make an adorable pincushion or a gift for your favorite pretend-food-loving toddler. My favorite pretend-food-loving toddler is going to play with this one tomorrow!