You might have noticed that in the previous post there were some homemade goodies! YUM, cupcakes!
Now that I’m done waxing eloquent on my second-born, it’s time to give the lowdown on these great cupcake goodies.
First, Julia’s dress! The morning of her birthday party I got up and ran to the sewing room — and made this dress!
It is New Look 6796, which I made previously into her Day of the Dead dress here and later into her Pocahontas costume here. Obviously, the pattern is easy and I’m a big fan. The cupcake fabric is by Lakehouse Dry Goods if you want to look for it — it’s a year or so old, but can still be found in some stores.
Julia received her cupcakes in a cute little cupcake pan, but the kiddos just got to take one home with them. By the way, I would totally do this as gifts for other kids, but now that all the kids I know were at the birthday party and got a cupcake each, I wasted that gift idea! Ack!
I made the cupcakes using Cindy Taylor Oates’ cupcake pincushion pattern. And I LOVE them. And the girls LOVE them — definitely one of their most-played-with fake foods.
As for the making of them, the pattern called for them to be made mostly with sand. With so much sand, the cupcakes ended up very heavy and not as cute. The one I made per the instructions is the one in front with the little flower on top:
Definitely not as cute as the others – or the pattern – in terms of its shape. (Admittedly that is hard to tell in the picture, but really!)
With the rest of the cupcakes, I put stuffing in the top, then a bunch of sand, and then a little bit more stuffing in the bottom. They still are heavy, but not quite a ton, and definitely both more cute and more fluffy.
Just look at those cute little striped bottoms!
Now, for the party I finished 15 of these tasty treats the night before the party. I am *so* not all about hand-sewing, and putting the fluffy balls on top and hand-closing the bottoms had my fingers sore. Ouch!
By the way, the one with the flower on top is now my pincushion, but the rest are playthings for the girls. Just be sure if you give them to kids to be careful because your decorations on top could become choking hazards!