Ok, it's really just the one tale about the mailbox, but I couldn't resist a good title.
Short Pants' 4th birthday is Wednesday, and since he loves dressing up so much, I thought I'd make him a felt mail carrier set. Total honesty moment - I hated every single second I spent sewing that damn mailbox. Ugh!!! There were some minor issues with the tutorial I used, plus I just couldn't seem to do anything right. It's *very* lopsided and ugly in the back - I had to resist the urge to stay up all night sewing another one. The only thing that stopped me was the thought of doing it all again only to possibly come out with ANOTHER lopsided mailbox.
However...I took it out again tonight, and once I saw it with the entire set I decided that I didn't hate it quite as much and could, indeed, move on. Here's the mailbox from hell:
I used this super-easy tutorial to make the letters and envelopes. I decided against little tiny velcro'd address labels, etc. because I could very picture either a) them getting lost 15 minutes after Short Pants opens it *or* b) Pita Pocket eating them.
Because this is the One Hook household, I had to include the obligatory red envelopes:
Very simple, using felt so I could do as little sewing as possible. I used a piece of copy paper for my pattern and just added a triangle to one side for the flap, which velcroes shut. The strap is extra long so that it can be worn messenger bag style, and the letters were attached with Steam a Seam. I can't wait to see Short Pants delivering the "mail"!