Maybe not on trees but money does grow on Sheep!

18 Sep

FELT MONEY:

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It’s inevitable that once your child collects enough felt food he or she will want to make an imaginary store or restaurant. Since no little grocer or waiter wants to work for free little shoppers will need to cough up some cash and what better way to pay for felt food than felt money. This is also a great way to teach your child math by helping them to make change for their purchases and you can be sure your wool blend money will last through thousands of mini transactions.

This pattern is super easy to follow for every 10 bills you will need:

1 sheet Cilantro colored wool blend felt

2 sheets  Buttercream colored wool blend felt

1-2 sheets  Fresh Cut Grass colored wool blend felt depending of the size and amount of numbers you are making

Cream thread, green thread, and or felt glue.

First cut your  Cilanto or money colored felt  into ten bills. Since our felt is sold in 9″ x 12″ pieces just cut as shown into a little larger than 2″ x 4.5″ inch pieces.

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Or if your cutting from yardage use this template

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Next you will need to cut 2 buttercream circles for EACH bill so if your only making 4 bills you will need 8 circles, for 10, 20 circles and so on.  Each circle is about 2″ in diameter.

Circle Template:

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Lastly you will need to cut numbers in whatever denomination you like from the Fresh cut grass, or darker green color, don’t forget little circles for the inside of the 0’s. For each bill you will need a set (2) of matching numbers.numbers template

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Step 1 : Sew numbers to circle as shown,using green thread to match your numbers you’ll obviously want to do these in matching sets. You may want to use felt glue to speed things along. Felt glue is wonderful and your numbers will stay on indefinitely however your bills may be a little stiff. I like the homespun look of sewing but if time is of the essence nothing is faster than felt glue.

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Step 2: Pin circles to both side of the money making sure your numbers match, for clarity I have left off the number in the example picture.

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Step 3: Stitch around the circle using cream colored thread and a running stitch, watch to make sure that each stroke looks nice from both sides. Finish hiding your knot along the ridge of your circle. Again I have left the numbers off the example for clarity.

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And VIOLA! Felt money…if only making real money were this easy!

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Enjoy and please remember our patterns are for personal use only!

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7 Responses to “Maybe not on trees but money does grow on Sheep!”

  1. palapicroetle September 26, 2009 at 9:31 am #

    Your stuff is always so cute and creative thanks for this pattern I will be making money for my son’s play store this Christmas.
    God Bless,
    Pam

  2. Lani October 2, 2009 at 11:46 am #

    Another winner! These turned out so cute!

  3. Willmina October 7, 2009 at 9:25 am #

    Hi there!
    Wanted to say thanks for this project I am so tired of buying paper play money only to see it get ruined. This project is so cute I have ordered my felt from you all today and can’t wait to get started Thanks!

  4. urban craft October 18, 2009 at 12:47 pm #

    play money! I am making it! Awesome!

  5. Barbara Gallagher February 7, 2010 at 3:20 am #

    I love this idea…my daughter is a teacher and is always looking for new ways to teach math. Thank you.

  6. Kieskneipe July 5, 2011 at 7:15 am #

    Hi, your blog is very good, i have also a blog about “gravel bar”, which is in Germany a kids’s slang and the expression for a bank. It’s funny and there are free checking accounts. Just look a look. Greetings from Germany

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