Handwork: Schultuete*

SchultueteIn my post about Cam going to school soon I mentioned the schultuete that I would be making. If you Google pictures of them you might notice they can be quite large. In fact the one in the picture I included in that post is nearly as tall as the little girl holding it! According to my grandmother (and Wikipedia), they are filled with candy and sometimes, especially as kids get older, school supplies like pencils, erasers, and markers.

I spent part of an afternoon last week making a cone that could be reused. I chose, however, to make it relatively small. Cam certainly doesn’t need tons more stuff and she doesn’t really need a lot of candy either. The size limits what can fit and I got a few fun, little things that are also practical. I even stuffed a few fruit snack packs in there, a big treat in our house.

IMG_2454The cone was simple enough to make: I cut two outer triangles out of a laminated canvas and two inner triangles out of muslin. I stitched both pairs together at the sides. and turned the outer cone right side out. Then I stuffed the liner cone inside. I folded the tops down and topstitched them together. While sewing the tops I added a ribbon that loops over the top. It isn’t perfectly sewn, but I think it looks fine and doubt Cam will notice or care. There isn’t exactly a pattern, just a size for the triangle and a few tips and tricks to making it come together. If anyone is interested, I would be happy to post a more detailed list of instructions and a pattern.

Traditions Banner*It appears that you can spell the word two different ways. I can’t say definitively that this is true as I don’t speak German, but one way has an umlaut and the other has substituted a “uf” for the umlauted “u”. Since I don’t have an easy way to include the umlaut I’m going for the “ue” spelling of the word. If anyone who speaks German and knows this is incorrect, please let me know and I will change it.

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