This project has been over a year in the planning stages. Someone very special in this house is turning 3 years old next week and I actually managed to finish her gift in advance. Right now, I am basking in that "I am a super mom while 3 loads of laundry remain neglected" feeling.
This cake is made out of foam. My pal (when her cake is done you will see it as well) managed to secure the foam at an upholstery shop. The choice of foam was inspired by Ikat Bag's foam cake; however, this cake is stitched by hand (blanket stitch with 100% cotton yarn). I saw this post on There is Beauty All Around and decided to try to handstitch the felt around the foam (note: the Beauty All Around cake is not foam, but stuffed. In my cake, each piece of foam is covered by three pieces of felt. Pin your felt to the foam and stitch around.) The felt is a combination of wool and polyester.
The embellishments are all glued with fabric glue. A little jumbo ric-rac, vintage trim for the piping, and the flowers are from A Market Collection's etsy shop. They could have easily been stitched, but that would have required me to do it prior to stitching it on the foam and I did not plan that far ahead.
Finally, I thought I would also share a little coincidence. My dad, because he is a great dad, always picks me up vintage craft books from his book sale adventures. He found this one "Easy Bazaar Crafts" by Better Homes and Gardens (c. 1981) and in it was a cake pincushion!!
I think my piping on top looks very similar, yeah '80s!!
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