Flannel Friday: Caps for Sale

I actually finished this flannel board a while ago, but I wanted to wait to post it until I remembered to bring in a camera to take pictures. My phone isn’t cutting it these days. So a whole month later… I’m finally ready to share Caps for Sale!

I like when people show the finished product at the beginning.

In August (yep… August), a co-worker asked if I would be interested in creating a felt board of the story “Caps for Sale.” He saw one on Etsy he liked, but thought if I could do it and would enjoy it, maybe I could give it a shot. I saw the one on Etsy and it was an… ambitious project… But I took it on.

(At this point, you should feel free to scroll to the bottom for the rest of the finished shoots.)

I scanned pictures from the book to use as guides. I did initially try to use the tree in the book but…

…I don’t hate myself. Can you imagine cutting this out of felt?

…I ended up finding a fall coloring page that I could add some roots too and actually cut out and use.

Things started out rough. I wasn’t sure of the scale, so everything was TOO SMALL at first.

pen for scale
On the right, what I tried to do. On the left, what I ended up with.

The next problem: Even after scaling up, the monkeys in the book were just too flimsy to cut out. Their poor little tails kept ripping off! Ingenious solution: I traced around them with a permanent marker. I could have made them bigger, but their tales still would have been too thin. I also retraced the legs of some of them to make them easier to cut.

treed monkeys
Monkey adjustments. I invented a whole new tail for the monkey in the top left.

Once the monkeys were in order (this was by far the hardest thing to figure out), everything else fell into place. I made the peddler by cutting his shape out of black felt and then “building” the pieces on top of that- so yes, there’s a double layer of black felt for his coat. I used different shades! Not that you can tell. But I did. His buttons and the other details are all puffy paint, except for his hair, which is permanent marker.

So I present all of the finished pieces of Caps for Sale!

I made just three poses: Sleeping, standing, and angry.
The tree! The monkeys are glued to the tree because I don’t like to have too many loose pieces to mess with.
And the hats. The hats are just ovals glued onto a wibbly bit of black felt.

And that’s it: a tree with monkeys, three peddlers, and four sets of hats. It was certainly a labor of love, but it’s my favorite felt board to date!


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