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Easy Felt Crafts: Cupcake Paperweight


This easy felt crafts cupcake paperweight uses just a few inexpensive materials and tools. It's fun to make and functional to use. Most important - it contains no calories!

Let's take a look at a couple of cupcake paperweights. If you close one eye and squint, the one on the left is a red velvet cupcake with pink tinted cream cheese icing while the one on the right is a peanut butter cupcake with browned sugar icing.

Both cupcakes are embellished with candies or nuts.

Easy Felt Crafts Cupcake Paperweight two finished on display

Mostly, this easy felt crafts cupcake paperweight is just fun and easy.

This is easy sewing. For a refresher on the simple stitches, check out our free e-book on How to Sew Stitches.

Easy Felt Crafts: Cupcake Paperweight Materials and Tools:

  • Easy Felt Crafts Cupcake Paperweight Pattern (click to open the file)
  • Craft felt  9 in x 12 in - one piece in the color of your choice for the icing
  • Matching or contrasting scrap of fabric large enough to cut a 7-inch circle
  • Fiberfill
  • Weights for base (1/3 cup, no more than 1/2 cup) - I used small aquarium/terrarium rocks, but you could use dried peas or beans or uncooked rice. I don't recommend sand in case the bag gets a tear.
  • Plastic bag such as a sandwich bag
  • Embellishments: beads or buttons (not shown in picture - they were in my pocket instead)
  • Cardboard (I used corrugated cardboard from a box.)
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Fabric glue

Easy Felt Crafts Cupcake Paperweight materials and tools

The Steps for How to Make the Easy Felt Crafts: Cupcake Paperweight:

Select the colors of craft felt and fabric to complement - either match or contrast - each other to make an interesting cupcake paperweight.

Print the Easy Felt Crafts Cupcake Paperweight Pattern and cut around the shapes.

Easy Felt Crafts Cupcake Paperweight step 1 print and cut out pattern pieces

Pin the pattern pieces to the fabric and felt and cut out the shapes.

Make sure the semi-circle for the fabric is placed on a folded edge to form a circle.

Cut the small circle cardboard.

Easy Felt Crafts Cupcake Paperweight step 2 cut fabric, felt and cardboard pieces

Thread the needle. I suggest using a double thickness of thread. The thread will be used to gather the outer edge of the circle. I've broken too many to trust just one strand.

Sew around the fabric circle 1/4 inch from the edge with small running stitches. (For a refresher on the running stitch, check out our free e-book on How to Sew Stitches.)

The stitches do not need to be perfect. The thread will be used to gather the outer edge of the circle.

Leave a 2-inch tail of thread at the beginning of the stitches. This in addition to the end tail will be used to gather the fabric edge.

 

Easy Felt Crafts Cupcake Paperweight step 3 sew around edge of fabric circle

Pull the thread ends to begin forming the base of the cupcake.

Add 1/3 cup of rocks or other weights to the plastic bag. You could add up to 1/2 cup, but be careful not to make the weighted bag too big for the base. 

Easy Felt Crafts Cupcake Paperweight step 4 prepare weights

Tie thread around the plastic bag above the rocks.

Remove the air but leave some space inside the bag for the weights to move slightly. 

If you use a zippered plastic bag, as I did, cut off the zippered portion. It does not fit very well inside the base.

Insert the round cardboard in the bottom of the gathered fabric circle.

Place the bag of rocks on top of the cardboard.

Easy Felt Crafts Cupcake Paperweight step 5 insert cardboard

Pull the threads firmly to close the top of the fabric circle.

Make sure the gathered portion of fabric at the top will lie flat after the thread ends are tied.

Keep the threads pulled firmly and tie a knot in the threads next to the fabric.

Clip the thread ends leaving roughly two inches of thread tails. 

Easy Felt Crafts Cupcake Paperweight step 6 insert weights and tie top

Tuck the thread tails inside the gathered top of the fabric.

The closed scissors helps tuck the ends into the middle.

Easy Felt Crafts Cupcake Paperweight step 7 tuck thread ends inside

The "cake" portion of the Easy Felt Crafts Cupcake Paperweight is finished.

Easy Felt Crafts Cupcake Paperweight step 8 cake portion finished

Begin sewing two of the top pieces together matching the sides and top.

The singular curved edge is the top. The two scallops at the bottom match to the bottom piece of felt.

Sew the seam 1/8 inch from the edge.  I used a simple running stitch.

Easy Felt Crafts Cupcake Paperweight step 9 begin sewing two pieces of the top

At the center of the top, add the third side and sew down the edge.

At the bottom, tie off the thread.

Sew the third side seam from the top edge to the bottom. 

Easy Felt Crafts Cupcake Paperweight step 10 match top centers

Match the bottom piece of felt with its edge of six scallops to the scallops on the top portion just sewn together.

Sew around the scallops at 1/8 inch from the edge.

Easy Felt Crafts Cupcake Paperweight step 11 match scallops to bottom felt

At the two-thirds point, stop to stuff the shape with fiberfill.

Leave the needle and thread in place. 

Easy Felt Crafts Cupcake Paperweight step 12 stop to stuff

Firmly stuff the shape with fiberfill.

Make sure the curves at the top are pushed outward by the filling. 

Easy Felt Crafts Cupcake Paperweight step 13 firmly stuff with fiberfill

Finish sewing the remaining two scallops and tie off the thread. 

Select the embellishments you want to add.

Easy Felt Crafts Cupcake Paperweight step 14 bottom finished

I chose a dark brown rose bead for the center top and a medium brown bead in each of the three sections.

No need to measure the placement. Just position them in the areas shown.

Easy Felt Crafts Cupcake Paperweight step 15 add embellishments

The next step adds the top to the base using fabric glue. You can use another type glue provided it remains flexible when it dries. 

Easy Felt Crafts Cupcake Paperweight step 16 prepare to glue

Apply the glue to the bottom of the felt. Add several lines and circles of glue to the felt that will cover and connect to the top of the base cupcake shape. 

Easy Felt Crafts Cupcake Paperweight step 17 apply glue to felt

Position the felt cupcake icing over the fabric cupcake base and hold in place for the glue to grab hold. Fabric glue adheres quickly even though it takes time to dry.

Let the glue dry.

Easy Felt Crafts Cupcake Paperweight step 18 glue top to bottom

The peanut butter cupcake with its browned sugar icing is finished. 

Easy Felt Crafts Cupcake Paperweight finished showing brown cupcake

Here's another view of the  red velvet cupcake with pink cream cheese frosting.

Easy Felt Crafts Cupcake Paperweight showing finished red velvet cupcake

The resulting cupcake paperweight can be a fun addition to your office or can easily be a fun gift for someone you know.

Enjoy making one or many!

This easy felt crafts cupcake paperweight project is fun, easy and uses only inexpensive materials and tools.


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