For the past few weeks, I’ve been tinkering with felt food for at least a few minutes every day. I’ve had a few projects (like a banana with a removable peel – picture coming soon) that took over an hour to make, but most of the items have come together much faster than that. Our son’s play kitchen is going to be fully stocked by Christmas morning, and I’m having so much fun making the food for him. I even made a felt pizza for one of his friends, and a bunch of felt cookie tree ornaments for friends and family. My felt pizza inspiration came from this site, although I made all of the toppings double layer to make them a bit more durable and easier to handle. For green pepper rings, I tried several methods and ended up liking this one the best. They come together in about five minutes and look really cute. Our son was watching me make the pizza for his friend (he has no idea that I’m making another one for him) and he liked to line up the pepper rings as if they’re a pepper and then “slice” them apart using a butter knife. The 3-D structure of this pepper ring style makes it more realistic for that sort of play.
So now for some pictures of what I’ve been up to.
An ice cream cone, inspired by this site:
A plate of pancakes that I thought of after finding a huge chunk of tan felt at a thrift store for a dollar. I only had a few minutes to sew that day, and wanted something that would come together fast. I stuffed them with some leftover felt scraps to give them a bit of dimension, although I’ve found that understuffing is much better than overstuffing with felt food.
The plate was 50 cents at a thrift store. The strawberries were inspired by this tutorial and are actually pretty quick and easy to make. They’re just a half circle of red felt sewn into a cone shape, stuffed, and gathered at the top using a running stitch. Then you add little yellow stitches for seeds and sew a leaf-shaped piece of green felt on top.
A few days ago I found this site and loved all the pictures of food she’s made. The tea bags were so cute I had to whip some up – they literally take about three minutes, although I spent about another three minutes embroidering the word “Tea” on the first one I made:
I also really liked her “infinity bread.” I had been thinking of making tortillas, but I loved the idea of wraps that would hold their shape when you roll or fold them. She said she was keeping her trick a secret, but just seeing the finished product got me thinking about how I could make a tortilla that would hold it’s shape when you bend it. I looked in my craft supplies and found a wad of craft wire that had come in a box of thrift store embroidery floss. It was pretty thin, so I twisted two lengths of it together to make a thicker strand. I cut two circles out of felt using a medium size plate as a template. Then I sewed them together with a seam that was about an inch in from the edge. Next, I bent the ends of the craft wire (don’t want it poking through the fabric) and then tucked it in next to the seam I had made, so that it was hidden inside the one-inch flap at the edge of the tortilla. Then, holding the craft wire in place as I sewed, I made another seam around the edge of the tortilla, just on the outside of the craft wire. When I was finished, the craft wire was encased in the felt, with a seam on each side. All that was left to do was trim off the excess felt to even up the edges, and viola! A tortilla that holds its shape!
You can roll it up with a bunch of veggies inside (still have to make those…) and it will stay rolled. Very cool.
I think the picture makes it pretty easy to understand how I did it. You can see the two seams – the craft wire is in between them. This project took about 15 minutes. You probably have some flexible wire lying around somewhere (that junk bucket in the garage, maybe?). You want it to be pretty flexible – I think a coat hanger would be too stiff, for example – so that little hands can bend and roll it.
I have lots more food and ideas that I’ll share with you over the next few days. And as always, I’d love to hear about your creative Christmas gift ideas – things you’re making or doing or re-purposing for other people, instead of wading through crowds at the mall.
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