Making felt food for kids is very gratifying. With simple and inexpensive materials you can create realistic looking play food that will last for years and promote open-ended, imaginative play. Three years ago when I was bit by the felt food bug, I compiled this list of free online tutorials to make a huge variety of play food. Now, I've updated it with twice as many links to help and inspire you.
If you don't consider yourself a strong sewer, I recommend starting with fried eggs, cookies and strawberries. With each food you make you will gain confidence and learn little tips and tricks. Soon, you may be coming up with your own patterns.
I use a mix of hand and machine sewing when I make felt food, but rest assured that it all can be made by hand if you don't have a machine. It's a great craft for doing in front of the television or listening to music.
Here are all the tutorial links in my collection, but feel free to add others in the comments and I'll update this list. You'll notice that some foods have multiple tutorials listed for the same food. Sometimes they are look slightly different or use a different process - pick which one appeals to you.
And, remember, packaging them up (and here) is half the fun!
Need some help with basic hand stitching? → Lit'l Brown Bird's Ideas
A bowl of ravioli and bow tie pasta I made for a young friend.
A platter of sweets I made for my niece last year.
Eggs I made for my son. Eggs are a great start for beginners.
Sunnyside Up Fried Eggs - One Crafty Mumma
Whole Eggs (felt version here) - Lola Nova
Scrambled Eggs - Helping Little Hands
Brown paper bag - Skip To My Lou
Chinese takeout box - Lit'l Brown Bird
Berry Container - Mega Crafty
Woven Basket - Factory Direct Craft
Misc (not felt):
Play Oven Mitts - Craftiness Is Not Optional
A big SHOUT OUT of GRATITUDE to the generous bloggers above who have shared these tutorials online!
French macarons - my fanciest play food to date, made for my son's friend on her 4th birthday.
(Image: Carrie McBride)
Re-edited from a post originally published 12.17.10-NT