The making of a motivational mini-wheat

According to our Hoops and Yoyo calendar, September is breakfast month! It is also back-to-school / end-of-vacation month! So! Mr. Mini-Wheat is here to help stick motivational messages on the fridge.

It is, as you might be able to tell, inspired by the talking frosted Mini-Wheats. I’m not a big fan of Mini-Wheat myself (a bit too fibery for me), but I’m extra fond of these talking Mini-Wheats because they remind me of the comic strips Mike used to draw.

I made a regular sugary one and a strawberry one :D It would be fun to also make the brown sugar one and the new blueberry muffin flavour.

Here’s what I used:

Heavy duty jute twine (I would like to use a thinner twine, but that was all I could find at the dollar store).

6mm and 5mm hooks.

A small square of white felt, and double layer of a bit of pink fabric cut from a retired t‑shirt (because I didn’t have pink felt).

Sewing thread in black, white, and pink.

Sewing needles.

Two magnets.

And here’s what I did:

Twine is very stiff and knots can become undone easily, leaving a longish tail in the beginning prevents the piece from coming apart. Also, I crocheted rather loosely throughout because the stitches are more tight when doing rows of slip stitches and, on top of that, twine doesn’t stretch.

Leaving a tail about 4″ long, ch 6.

Row 1: ch 1, sl st in each ch across through back loops only, ch 1, turn.

Row 2–4: sl st in each sl st across through back loops only, ch 1, turn.

Row 5: sl st in each sl st across through back loops only. Leaving a tail about 12″ long for sewing, fasten off.

Now I have a rectangle. It will be folded in half and the short sides sewn together.

crochet complete!

Then I cut out small pieces of the white and pink fabric and embroidered faces on them with black thread.

hello, world!

I then sewed the frosting faces onto the crocheted pieces before folding the pieces in half and sewing the side edges together.

fibery wheat…

I actually didn’t quite “sew” the edges together. Because I didn’t have a needle with a big enough eye, I used the smaller crochet hook to thread the tail through the loops down the edges.

I only “sewed” one side together, leaving the top and bottom seams open. I weaved all the loose ends into the top and bottom openings.

And then I attached a magnet on the back. And here they are, on the fridge! (They’re about 1″ tall.)

And a motivational message waiting to be found…

Happy September, everyone!

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