Let's Buddy Up! Apartment Therapy's Play Food Felt-a-Long

Let's Buddy Up! Apartment Therapy's Play Food Felt-a-Long

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Carrie McBride
Nov 3, 2014
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Have you wanted to make play food for your child but just never got around to it? Now's your chance to get on board the felt food train and do it together alongside me and other readers!

The Plan:

We make one meal a week for four weeks: breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. Tag photos of your creations on Instagram or Twitter with #atfeltalong (or email them to me) and I'll share them in a post as a way to pat each other on the back and keep us motivated.

Week #1 (this week!): Choose what you're going to make from our Gigantic List of Free Felt Food Tutorials & Patterns and buy your materials.
Week #2: Breakfast
Week #3: Lunch
Week #4: Dinner
Week #5: Dessert

By the time the holidays roll around you'll have wonderful homemade gifts for your child or another child you love!

Let me know in the comments if you're in! See you next week!

I'm intimidated - I don't know how to sew.

  • Felt food is relatively easy to make and I'll suggest some of the easiest tutorials each week. I am a fairly novice sewer yet I've tackled a lot of play food over the years. If you really don't want to sew, fabric glue will work in many cases.

I don't have a sewing machine.

  • All felt food can be made by hand without a machine. There are some foods that I have found quicker to make using a combination of a machine and hands, but rest assured none of it requires a machine.

I don't think I'll have the time.

  • You can always start and do as much as you can. I won't tell.

I'm afraid it's not going to look good.

  • It might not. I've had some failures. I have several abandoned felt cupcakes in my closet, not to mention an obscene doughnut that I couldn't in good conscience gift to a child. But you learn from your mistakes and get better.

Online Sources for Felt:

Felt quality ranges from the inexpensive arts and crafts store kind to thick wool. You can use any felt to make felt play food. I repeat - any felt. If all that's in the budget is the least expensive kind, it will work. I've used it myself. In fact, I find the highest quality wool felts to be too thick for my preference. My favorite to use is eco-felt.

Learning to Hand Sew Felt Food:

These four stitches are the most important to know to make felt food: straight stitch, whip stitch, blanket stitch and hidden stitch. I've linked to a good tutorial for each below:

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