Yesterday was one of those days where I woke up determined to start one of the many sewing projects I had been meaning to start for months. So I got out my bag of much neglected felt and began making one of the cutest things ever- play felt food! Months earlier I had found this website with a big huge list of play felt food tutorials, so that’s where I began.
This is really a great project if you haven’t been sewing in a while and you need something quick that will give you the motivation and satisfaction to go ahead on other sewing projects. I was happy to find that each piece of felt food came together in just a matter of minutes.
I started with lettuce because it seemed very simple and straightforward. I used this felt lettuce tutorial. One word here about the way the I sew- I really don’t do things “correctly”. I don’t like using patterns, and tracing things and drawing them out before hand. So for the felt food that I made, I used the patterns from the tutorials, but free handed everything. I think it goes much faster and I like how I can get it done quicker, for me it makes sewing not such a daunting task.
For the veins, or ribs in the lettuce, first I sewed the middle main rib, using one continuous topstitch. Next I did the veins that come out from the middle, again starting at the top and going down to the bottom using one continuous stitch so as to reduce the messiness of the look. Remember, lettuce comes in all colors! With the second leaf I used light green felt and red thread for more of a swiss chard look.
Next I went on to eggs, sunny side up, or some know them as fried eggs. Again, so easy! Just a reminder (because I did it wrong the first time) Cut out the egg whites, next cut out the yolk, sew it and stuff it, then the very last step is the topstitch the second layer of the egg white to the bottom, so to hide the stitches from the yolk.
Of course, you can’t have eggs without bacon, so I made those next. I was so happy to find this GENIUS bacon tutorial at Wee Folk Art. The secret? Hide a pipe cleaner inside the bacon so you can make it wavy!
(I didn’t sew the pipe cleaner inside- too much work! It works just fine without doing that, although it does have a tiny bit of wiggle room). I quickly learned it IS important to secure the pipe cleaner inside by sewing! The pipe cleaner becomes too bent to find and ends up in one far corner of the piece of bacon. Lesson learned on trying to skip steps!
With a toddler to watch and play, and the everyday things that go on, that was as far as I got, but next I plan on making:
Felt sliced cheese (seems really easy)
Felt Sandwich and chips (to go with the lettuce and cheese)
And perhaps some adorable felt tea bags!
Feel free to post your favorite felt food tutorials or pictures from your creations!