Completing my trifecta of felt food posts, today I want to point out some free online tutorials to help you make your own. How do I know you can do it? Because I am the sloppy, lazy, "where's the shortcut?" type of sewer so if I can do it, you can probably do it a thousand times better.
I made this food as a gift for a toddler friend who loves to cook alongside his mama and papa while they prepare meals. What I made:
Doughnuts. I used a great tutorial and pattern at Skip to my Lou and forced myself to buy (and eat) a few doughnuts at Dunkin' and ask for an extra bag. The things we do for art...
Eggs. I mostly followed this fab tutorial at One Crafty Mumma except I decided to turn the eggs inside out instead of topstitch them. Melissa kindly offers two egg shapes to download, but rather than walk 30 feet to the printer I sketched out my own.
Ravioli. (Mama mia this was fun to make!) Again, I went to Melissa of One Crafty Mumma for this excellent tutorial.
Farfalle. One Inch World walked me through making this simple bowtie pasta which was a perfect way to feel productive while watching television.
Marinara. This is not the way most (non slackers) make felt pasta sauce (see a typical example here), but I ran out of time and just cut red felt into strips. Toddlers tend not to get hung up on such things.
I used a sewing machine for most of these, but don't worry if you don't have one. Felt is an extremely forgiving fabric and perfect for hand sewing.
Other tutorials I found online that are next on my list:
- Sandwich and chips
- Avocado sushi
- Carrot (made here with chenille, but would work great with felt)
- Fortune cookies
- Orange slices
- Lemon/Tomato slices
- Whole eggs (felt version here)
- Brown paper bag
- Chinese takeout box
Can you add to my list?
p.s. Need remedial stitch lessons?
(Images: Carrie McBride)