Making felt food for my kids when they were toddlers was one of my favorite craft projects. Since felt doesn’t fray, I could focus on creating the food rather than spending time on the details of sewing. While I used a sewing machine to make my felt food, you could also make these by hand, though you’ll need to make sure the stitches hold the felt together just as well as a machine-sewn stitch.
When I made the felt food, my kids were into pretend play with a china set I picked up in the kids department at Ikea. The felt food extended their play, plus they had fun helping me come up with new food ideas. Because the food was so easy to make, I could whip up several in less than an hour. Adding details will add only a little bit of time to the project.
These chocolate chunk cookies were my first felt food project. I cut out 2 circles of oatmeal-colored felt and sewed them together with a fun zig zag type stitch on the sewing machine. My 5 year old cut out the “chips” for me, and I hot-glued them onto the cookies.
After the chocolate chip cookies, we decided to try a sandwich and the more complicated orange slices. The peanut butter and grape jelly moved a little while I was sewing the layers together, but I like the effect.
The orange slices came from a tutorial on One Crafty Mamma. I cut my own shapes instead of using her template. Next time I’ll cut the inside circle a little bigger for folding over the outside circle. I kept the stitching simple for both projects.
Using the orange slice food as a guide, I tried making apple slices. I found it easier and nicer to wrap the white piece over the double layer of felt instead of stitching one piece to each side of the slice.
Inspired one Thanksgiving Day, the kids and I made turkey drumsticks, a slice of pizza, and ingredients for a meat sandwich. I kept the sandwich ingredients simple and flat as possible to allow the kids to build the sandwich. For the pizza slice and the drumsticks, I added some stuffing to make the felt food 3-dimensional.
Have you tried making felt food for your kids?
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