So... A few months ago I discovered children's felt play food here on crafster. I was instantly addicted. I made a few pieces in November, thinking I would give my girls an entire supermarket full of food for Christmas. Well... as December came around I found myself extremely busy with other things and I didn't get a chance to finish these.Then, this week I decided to give the foods that I had made to my girls and see if they liked them enough for me to make more. Indeed they did!!! They immediately went about taking orders from whoever may be in the house at that moment. They also started to list off more things that I just “Had” to make. Over the past week I've added lots of fruit, veggies, breads and bags to store it all in. I still have a list as long as my arm of items to make.
I won't bore you with the long list of items. But, they are all pictured here. My favorites are the beaded strawberries, kiwis, lettuce and bags of chips. I had sooo much fun making these and I'm sure there will be lots more in the future. I did make 8 lunch sac style bags to hold everything in. I cut out colorfull squares of felt and free cut out the letters. I then used my free motion foot on my machine to stitch them down.
I've added some tuts below the pictures so you can try making some too!
As always, there are more pics on my blog.
Chips, Tea Bags, Fruit:
Edit: Better Pictures and New Foods!! (older pics still on blog)Newest Items!
Orange, Apple, Eggplant, Bell Pepper, Corn on the cob with removable husks, Mushrooms, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Whole fish, Fish filet (raw on one side and grilled on the other), and Waffle.
Cinnamon Currio sticks, Whole Pear, Meat loaf with gravy, Baked / Mashed Potato (skin comes off), Turkey and Roastbeef lunch meats, and Crackers with cheese.
Lemon & Lime on top and Tomatto and Onion on bottom (onion still needs its little hairs on top)
Egg Evolution and finished eggs on bottom. It took multipal tries to figure out a egg pattern. You can see from the pic just how many it took.
New "Infinity Bread" This thing is sooo cool!! It can be a Gyro (did I spell that right?), Crepe, Tortilla Shell, Pita Pocket, Pizza Crust... and anything else you may think of. It can bend and hold it's shape.
Fruit Snacks & Sugar Cookies
Quesadilla & Pasta w/ Meatballs
Fruits & Veggies
Breakfast Pancakes, Eggs, & Bacon
Lunch Meat Sandwich
General Directions for all foods:
I used my machine for about 75% of all the sewing. Detail stitching was done with embroidery floss. I used stuffing a few pieces and some thin quilt batting in things like, peanut butter & jelly blobs, bread (stacked a few layers) spaghetti sauce, pancakes, etc.
For the circles, I used a mason jar lid, small plate, small bowls.... things like that. And all non circled shapes were just free drawn into the desired shapes.
Bread: The bread is just two cream colored “bread” shapes. Then I cut 1.5” stripes of lt brown for the crust. I then sewed down the strip on one side of the bread, then attached the other side leaving a space for turning. (I left about 4” open so I could lay in batting) I then layed in about 4 thin layers of batting to make them full and hand stitched the opening closed.
Infinity Bread: I've decided to keep this one a mystery for the time being.
Meatballs & Hamburger Patti: Two brown circles sewn together and stuffed to desired shape. I added some fabric paint to add detail. (grill marks on patti and splotches on meatballs)
Bacon: Layer three free form cut pieces of felt into bacon shapes. (2 brown, 1 lt brown) Stitch “fat” blobs in center of bacon. Cut out just the top layer of felt to reveal lt. Brown “fat” underneath.
Eggs: Cut two free form white egg shapes. Cut one yellow circle. Attach yolk to one white egg shape and stuff the yolk full. Attach both egg whites together.
Bow Tie Noodles: I cut 1” wide strips of felt then used my pinking sheers to cut them down to 1” x 1.5” rectangles. Then I gathered the centers and ran them through my sewing machine
Flat Stuff Including: Lunch Meat, Cheese, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Pickles, Bananas, Pepperoni Pancakes, Butter, Tea Bags, Cookies, Chips, Sauces.... For these I cut out 2 layers of felt in the correct shape of that food. For most of these I just used a fancy stitch on my machine (you could also use a zig zag) and stitched the two layers together. Some needed additional detail stitching inside the piece. The tomatoes and pickles I sewed the two layers together (leaving a small opening) and then turned them right side out. Then I top stitched and did the detail stitching. The pancakes, butter, and tea bags have one layer of batting inside. Sauces are layered pieces of felt free stitched together.
Quesadilla: Three large circles (two cream one orange). I layed them on top of each other. Then used my rotary cutter to slice it into pieces (this was not measured, just cut. Just like we do with a real one) Stitch pieces together.
Cucumbers were just two green circles and two smaller cream circles all sewn together and detail stitched.
Onion slices: For these I cut out two large circles (maybe 5-6” round) and I cut the circles in half. I then started sewing a kinda rainbow (kinda hard to describe) so that I could cut the pieces apart to make it look like a sliced onion.
Kiwis, Lemons & Limes, were one circle folded in half. These have a bit of stuffing in them and were stitched closed. I detail stitched where necessary. The kiwis have an extra cream circle in the center and I added black seed beads as the seeds.
Apples & Oranges: These are made with two pieces. The top “flesh” part was a circle cut from a mason jar lid. The rind was a pointed oval (kinda hard to describe) I used the machine to attach the pieces. I won't do that next time as I think it distorted the shape. I'll hand stitch them. I used embroidery floss on the details in the center.
Strawberries: Cut out circles then cut the circles in half. I machine stitched the flat side together to make a cone. I stuffed the insides with fabric scraps and gathered up the top. I then used green yarn as the stem and attached it to a green square piece of felt. Then I stitched freehand the green square to the gathered top. After it was secure I cut off the access green felt into a wavy circle. Then I stitched on the yellow seed beads.
Carrots: For baby carrots cut two free form ovals (the more uneven the oval the better) Sew ovals together leaving an opening. Turn, stuff, hand stitch closed. For whole carrots, cut a triangle and stitch up side. Stuff and free stitch some green on top.
Needle felted items:
The grapes were needle felted into shape. I then took a piece of hand spun yarn (any chunky yarn would do) and knotted up the yarn a bit then sewed the grapes onto the yarn.
The cherries were needle felted circles. It then used brown embroidery floss that I pulled through the whole cherry and then knotted up the stem.
The fruit snacks were needle felted into oval shapes and I made them felt bags. The wool I used I had dyed using kool aid.