This week we have been working on throwing away broken and old toys to make room for Christmas. Several bags have been cleared out, but what we seem to have a lot of is the endless supply of plastic fake food. The only problem is they are hollow and over time get stepped on, sunken in, and then you have to throw them away. So why not make your own felt toy food? It is a lot easier than you think and all of the materials are affordable.
How to Make a Blanket Stitch
I am sure you can sew a lot of these projects on a sewing machine, however I quite like the look of the blanket stitch you do by hand when sewing edges that will be seen. It adds a very nice decorative look and really is relaxing to do. Here is a video on how to make a blanket stitch.
Felt Breakfast Food
- Colored Felt ( Brown, tan, off white, yellow, white, rust brown)
- Embroidery Floss to match each project- (I used what I had on hand. Feel free to use the correct colors like white floss on white felt , yellow on yellow, etc.)
- Poly Fill or Cotton Balls
- Embroidery Needle
- Printed Pattens
Felt Food Toys Patterns- Free
To print the felt food toy patterns, just click on the link you want to print. When the pattern opens in a new window, click the printer icon in the upper right hand corner. For the sake of saving paper, some of the patterns are on the same page as others, like cheese and bread.
Felt Bread Pattern
Step 1. Cut out 2 of the bread shapes for tan or off white felt, and 2 side pieces out of a brown. It can be a lighter brown or darker brown depending on your preferences.
Step 2. Start by sewing two ends together of the two side strips making it one long strip. Line up the piece you just joined to one of the corners on your bottom piece of felt.
Step 3. Starting from the corner, work your way around the edge of the bottom felt using the blanket stitch to sew them together. Be careful when you get to the divot in the side of the bread to make sure you follow the curve of the divot.
Step 4. When you reach the divot on the opposite side of the bread, tie off making sure your knot is hidden to the inside of your bread. Now, go back to the corner where you started and continue to attach you sides in the opposite direction.
Step 5. When you finish sewing your sides on, turn the excess felt inward like shown above.
Step 6. Sew together the two ends and trim the excess felt.
Step 7. Sew on the top piece of felt in the same way as you did the bottom, only continue all the way around instead of tying off at the divot. Leave an opening to stuff your bread before sewing it shut.
Step 8. Squish your bread around to make your stuffing lay flat. Note: You may want to make a second slice for sandwiches ( I will have sandwich items in a future post).
Felt Sunny Side Eggs
Step 1. Cut 2 pieces of white and one circle of yellow following the egg pattern.
Step 2. On one piece of the white felt, line of the yellow circle, then blanket stitch it in place. Be sure to add stuffing before sewing your circle closed. (A cotton ball would be the perfect size for stuffing).
Step 3. Sew the two white pieces of felt together using the blanket stitch with the “yolk” of the egg pointed outward.
Felt Bacon Pattern
Step 1. Cut one of each piece of the bacon pattern.
Step 2. Using a simple whip stitch in the same color thread as the main part of the bacon to attach the trips. The stiped should be lined up according to the grey lines on the pattern.
Felt Cheese Pattern
Step 1. Cut out 2 pieces of yellow / orange yellow felt following the pattern for the cheese.
Step 2. Using the blanket stitch, sew the outside edge of the two pieces of felt together.
Step 3. Sew the inside holes together, then tie off your thread and hide it between the layers.
Step 1. Cut the circles according to the pattern for pancakes.
Step 2. Sew a brown circle to an off white circle. Repeat this for the second set of circles.
Step 3. Face the two brown circles toward each other, then sew the edges of the off white circles together. Leave and opening to flip the circles right side out, then once flipped, sew the hole closed.
Step 4. If you like your pancakes fluffy, add stuffing before closing the hole.
Felt and embroidery thread are pretty cheap to buy, can be found in just about any store that has a craft section, and felt can be found in sheets or by the yard. Once you get started sewing these felt foods, you won’t be able to stop yourself. I think it has become my newest craft addiction. Be sure to look out for more felt food posts along with other upcoming felt crafts.