I’ve wanted to share this tute for awhile, but somehow, I never got around to it until today!
I thought about how cute this would be for a child’s party. What an adorable party favor for those Go Fish or Uno cards. You can monogram them for a personalized touch or add a cute phrase to go with the theme of your party. With so many felt colors and fabric choices the possibilities are endless. Plus, you can use up your fabric scraps and the cozy will last way longer than any paper cover.
Well, now that I’ve sold you on my DIY (Did I mention it’s super easy to make?), here are the steps!
Before starting the project, use the original card deck sleeve to create your template for tracing. Undo and lay it out flat, then clip off the parts of the sleeves illustrated in the photo above.
You new altered sleeve should look like this when you’re done.
Begin by tracing your altered sleeve on a sheet of felt*. You may choose to trace the curves of the flap and add the window to the back of the card deck sleeve or do straight edges for the flap and omit the window. I chose to do the latter version which is easier. Once you’ve done your tracing, cut out the shape of the sleeve and set it aside momentarily.
Find a cotton fabric that fits the theme and color scheme of your choice. I recommend a large shaped-print which you can use as an applique for the cover of your cozy (I found this cute cupcake print in my stash and used that). Cut out the shape and pin it to the front side of your cozy. Use the original sleeve to help position your applique. Once pinned, thread your needle, using the floss color of your choice, and blanket stitch all around the applique and knot off.
* Note: When picking out your color scheme, try choosing colors that contrast with each other. For this cozy, I used hot pink and chartreuse hues.
This next step is optional but if you would like to embroider a phrase or name, then stitch it on to the cover of your cozy now. Since I used a cupcake, I thought it would be cute to backstitch “Eat, Play, Love” on the cover (it’s cute and alludes to that Julia Roberts’ movie I’m dying to see!)
The quick trick I have to embroidering lettering to felt is to write the words on tracing paper first, then I pin the traced words on the felt and embroider over it (tracing paper punctures easily and allows you to stitch the design without the messiness of fabric pens). Once I’ve finished embroidering, I gently tear and remove the traced paper and viola your lettering is perfectly stitched!
Next, use a blanket stitch to join your cozy. Your felt cozy will look like the letter T lying in a horizontal position. To join, fold the tail of the T over to the head of the T (edges should be aligned evenly). The “tail” piece of your felt should be positioned in the middle, between the top and lower flaps. Stitch these two ends together. It should look like a tube with the flaps sticking out. Blanket stitch around the top flap and the mouth or opening of the cozy.
Now stitch the bottom flap of your cozy using the same blanket stitch. To stitch more comfortably, slide in a deck of cards to provide the rectangular shape needed. Knot off once you’ve closed up the bottom flap.
Sew a small button onto the back cover, close to the opening of the cozy. And then cut a small slit to the top flap to make the eye opening.
Now you have a super sweet cozy that protects your playing cards, all handmade by you! I hoped you’ve enjoyed this DIY as much as I’ve loved sharing it with you. Bye for now and happy crafting! Sue