in this blog post you can find tipps & instructions on how to make felt toy food (with free template).
Christmas is just aroung the corner so the living room and dining room are cleaned until they are sparkling and there is great anticipation about spending a few days with the family. Then, the festive period arrives. This is famously a time for eating delicious food. While the adults spend longer at the festively decorated dining table, it is hard to keep smaller children in particular at the table for very long and they soon slip away, back to their toys. But maybe with the help of some felt toys, they can be persuaded to stay at the dining table for a bit longer. Felt food is quick to sew using only a few ingredients, so you can soon rustle up a gift or keepsake at short notice.
Today, I’m going to show you how. I have brought with me 4 different felt foods to show you. Once you’ve got started, you will probably have lots more ideas about other types of food that can be made from felt. I’m just warning you!
For the felt food for the table, play kitchen or shop, you will need:
- 2mm felt (in the typical colour of the food you are making)
- Matching sewing thread
- Stuffing if required
- Soft & Stable or StyleVil if required
In my instructions, I use measurements in inches and have provided rounded measurements in cm in brackets afterwards.
The typical pasta colour is beige or light yellow, or possibly light brown if you want to sew wholewheat pasta.
For farfalle, also known as butterfly pasta, you cut a strip of felt 1.5″ (4 cm) wide across the full width of the piece of felt. Using pinking shears, cut these felt strips into pasta pieces 2″ (5 cm) long, thus creating the typical edge of the farfalle.
With the help of a few Wonder Clips, the pasta pieces are now folded into farfalle:
Fold the piece of pasta so that the serrated edges are together to create a little concertina shape. In other words, you fold the piece of pasta in half and then fold the two halves in half again.
On your sewing machine, sew down the middle of the concertina using a wide zigzag stitch – for this, the zigzag stitch is set very wide (5.5 mm) and very short (0.1 mm).
For the penne, cut a strip 1 1/4″ (3 cm) wide as long as you want. Fold this strip in half and edgestitch the two long sides together. Secure the seam at regular intervals of 2″ (5 cm) with a few forward and backward stitches. It is important to secure the seam because you will later cut the penne tube at exactly these places. As soon as your penne tube is ready, cut it into pieces. Here, cut the penne on an angle, so they look like the popular Italian dish.
For the fried eggs, in addition to the felt, you will also need some stuffing.
The white felt is cut out in a typical fried egg shape. For this, I have drawn some fried eggs (download template) that you can use if you do not want to draw a fried egg shape yourself. You can put the egg yolk wherever you want on the egg white and sew it on using edgestitch, leaving a small opening. Push some stuffing through the small opening (1/2″) to give your egg yolk a great 3D effect. Then sew up the opening, also using edgestitch.
For the pepper rings, you use two colour shades, the slightly lighter felt representing the inside of your pepper and the darker shade being the skin.
Cut strips 9″ (23 cm) long and 3/8″‘ (1 cm) wide from the two felt colours. Lay the strips on top of each other and sew them together along the two long sides.
Then divide your pepper strip into thirds and put in 2 pins, one at 3″ and one at 6″.
At these markings, fold the strip so the right sides are facing – i.e. the “outer skin” is folded over onto itself – and topstitch close to the edge of the folds. Then place the open ends of the pepper strip with the right sides together and edgestitch them together.
This creates a triangle. If you turn the triangle the right way out, i.e. with the outer skin of the pepper on the outside, you have a pepper ring. As these pepper rings are really quick to sew, I’ve sewn several of them – after all, you always need more vitamins!
Finally, a Swiss speciality – chocolate, because you can always manage dessert no matter how full you are. For the chocolate you will also need some Soft & Stable or StyleVil so that the chocolate looks like chocolate.
For your chocolate bar, cut out 2 rectangles measuring 3″ x 5″ (7.5 cm x 12.5 cm). The Soft & Stable or StyleVil needs to be cut out 1/4″ (7 mm) smaller.
Then put the inside of your chocolate on one half of the chocolate bar (I attached the inside with a glue stick to prevent it from slipping) and turn it into a sandwich with the second half of the chocolate bar.
You can now edgestitch all four sides together. Then draw a tile pattern like a chocolate bar on the chocolate and topstitch along the lines. The foam wadding gives the chocolate bar a 3D effect and provides it with more shape than padding it with a layer of felt.
I hope you like my felt play food and you want to sew some yourself, either as a gift or keepsake for your little guests over the Christmas holidays or even as a joint sewing activity with your children one afternoon over the Christmas period.
I wish you all a lovely Advent and a happy Christmas surrounded by your loved ones!