2 skeins Bernat Softee Chunky in black
1 skein Bernat Softee Chunky in gray
Size US 10 straight needles
1 piece of 2 inch thick chair foam cushion
Assorted pieces of craft felt
12 stitches and 16 rows over 4 inches using 2 strands of yarn on US 10 needles over stockinette stitch.
Using 2 strands of black yarn and size 10 needles, CO 30.
Knit 9 rows in stockinette stitch. At end of 9th row, CO 6. 36 sts.
Next row: P36, CO 6. 42 sts.
Complete 65 rows in stockinette.
Next row: Bind off 6, p36. 36 sts.
Next row: Bind off 6, k30. 30 sts.
Complete 9 rows in stockinette. Bind off.
Lightly press both pieces. Seam together corners of the back piece to form an open box. Using front of calculator as a guide, trace onto piece of foam or quilt backing. Cut out the foam, subtracting a ¼ inch from each side for seam allowance. (Note: the foam is a little thick to cut with scissors, but it can still easily be done by cutting through a few layers at a time, and working your way through.) If you are using quilt backing, you will need to cut out 3 or 4 layers to create the thickness of the calculator. Put the foam or backing into the back of calculator. Seam top to back using ladder stitch, being careful to evenly match corners.
Using the button template, cut 20 buttons from felt in desired colors. Use a running stitch to embroider the letters and numbers. It might be easier to trace the letters with a fabric marker first, or to use sticker numbers as a guide. Use a blanket stitch to sew the numbers to the front of the calculator. Use the stitches on the front as a guide to evenly space and enter the buttons. For the calculator display, use the template to cut the felt pieces, and attach them to the front using a blanket stitch. You can enter whatever numbers you desire into the display. If you rather not enter 5,319,009 (boobies) then perhaps 01,134 (hello). Happy calculating!!
Templates for felt pieces:
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