SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
• 3 FloraCraft® foam sheets: 1"x12"x36"
• 8 fabrics in assorted colors/patterns
• Quilt batting
• FloraCraft® Make It Fun® Foam Tools
• Low-temp glue gun & glue sticks
• Straight pins
• Copy paper
1. Lay the three foam sheets together side by side. Temporarily attach the foam sheets together by inserting toothpicks between the sheets creating a 36"x36" panel. Do not glue together at this time.
2. Enlarge the pattern using a copy machine to create a 36"x36" template. Pin the template to the foam sheets. Use the scribe tool from the tool kit to trace over the template pressing the pattern into the foam. Push hard enough to indent the foam through the template, but not so hard that the template tears. Once the template is completely traced, remove it from the foam. Now use the opposite end of the tool, the tuck tool to follow along the scribed pattern just created. Push the tuck tool into the foam about 1/8" creating a channel along the pattern. This channel will make it easier to tuck the fabric into the foam.
3. Glue the sheets together. Avoid gluing the areas where the scribed pattern/channel crosses from one sheet to the next. Fabric cannot be tucked into the glue.
4. Cut the individual sections of the pattern apart to use as templates for the batting and fabric pieces. Cut out all the batting pieces just slightly smaller than the templates. Keep the batting away from the channel about 1/16". It will be difficult to push the fabric in if the batting is covering the channel. Glue the batting in place with low-temp glue. Do not place batting in the six triangular tree sections. These areas are left bare.
5. Cut out all the fabric pieces about 1/2" larger than the templates all the way around. This 1/2" edge will be tucked into the channel and glued along the outside edges of the foam panel.
6. Start at the bottom of the foam panel with the first section of the ground. Center the fabric over the batting and glue the bottom edge of the fabric along the bottom side of the foam panel. Begin tucking the fabric along the channel keeping the fabric taught using the tuck tool. Glue the fabric on the left and right edges to the sides of the foam panel. Move up to the next section directly above. Center the fabric over the batting and begin tucking the fabric into the channel. Tuck the fabric into the same channel as the first piece at the bottom and into the new channel at the top of the section. Alternate the tucking from top to bottom to keep the fabric centered over the section. Glue the left and right sides of the fabric to the edges of the foam panel. Continue tucking the fabric over the batting for the rest of the sections.
7. Leave the tree sections bare. Tuck the fabric from the surrounding sections in around the trees, but leave the six triangular trees bare. The tree sections will be filled in last.
8. Work on tucking in the sky before the clouds. Glue the top edge of the sky to the top edge of the foam panel. Begin tucking the sky in, keeping it taught. Glue the left and right edges of the sky along the sides of the pane
9. Tuck in the clouds following the same channels as the sky.
10. To fill in the dimensional trees, cut 2”x2” squares of fabrics. The fabrics in the trees can be mixed or fill each with a solid color. Lay a fabric square on the bare section and use the tuck tool to push the center of the square into the foam. Continue pushing the center of the square and the four corners will gather upward, creating the ruffled dimension. Cut enough squares to completely fill each tree section.
11. To cover the outside edges of the panel, cut four 37”x2” strips of fabric. Glue a 1/2” hem along one 37” side on all four strips of fabric. Glue the hem from the four strips along all four sides of the foam panel. Glue the top and bottom edges of the right and left side strips on around to the top and bottom edge of the panel. Now glue a hem in the ends of the top and bottom strips so they make a clean straight corner. Glue all the free edges of the strips to the back of the foam panel.