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Friday, April 20, 2018

Easy Circular Felt Food with Patterns

Easy Circular Felt Food with Patterns // In Our Pond // free printable // pretend play // kids play // play kitchen // crafting // diy // sewing

Continuing my celebration of this blog's fifth birthday, I've made a bunch of felt food!  And, I'm offering the patterns to you for FREE!

(fun fact- did you know that the first felt food I ever posted was on this blog's 1st birthday?)

The items in these pictures are quick mock-ups of the patterns that I made in a day.  They're put together with hot glue mostly and some machine sewing and hand sewing.  I used simple, cheap craft felt.

If I was going to make these pattern for long-term use or a gift, I would use a nice wool blend felt from Prairie Woolens.  They have over 150 colors, and give you the option of buying the felt in sheets (9" x 12") and double sheets (12" x 18"), and by the yardage (36" x 9/18/27/36" AKA 1/4 yard, 1/2 yard, 3/4 yard, and 1 yard).  At less than $10 a yard, it's a great option for the felt crafter.

My absolute favorite part of buying from Prairie Woolens is that they include the DMC floss color right on the felt buying page.  It takes all the guesswork out of it.  It's even more awesome for a country crafter like myself since the nearest craft store is more than two hours away.


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Easy Circular Felt Food with Patterns // In Our Pond // free printable // pretend play // kids play // play kitchen // crafting // diy // sewing // restaurant // Mexican food

2 Colors of Yellow Scraps
2 Sheets of Cream
1 Sheet of Dark Brown

Use the pattern to cut out one circle from the cream felt.  Sew the circle onto the second piece of cream and cut out to make the tortilla.  With the brown, cut out a long oval, stack it on the brown felt the same way we did with the tortilla, and sew all the way around it.  Cut a slit in the middle of the brown, through only one layer, longways.  Turn the piece inside out through the middle, and stuff.

With the hot glue gun, attach the brown "beans" to the middle of the cream "tortilla."  Cut the yellow "cheese" felts into half inch by six inch strips.  Arrange them and glue on top of the meat.  I chose to hot glue the tortilla shut so that it would be easier for the kids to hold, but you can also leave it open.  You could also cut the parts of the yellow strips that hang off the tortilla into smaller fringes to make it look more like shredded cheese.




Easy Circular Felt Food with Patterns // In Our Pond // free printable // pretend play // kids play // play kitchen // crafting // diy // sewing // Mexican food // restaurant pretend play

1 Sheet of Cream
Scrap of Red
Scrap of Dark Brown

I added this second tortilla pattern to provide a larger wrap for sandwiches, enchiladas, and soft tacos.  For my sample, I cut out one circle in cream and added stuffing to the middle.  Then, I hot glued the wrap like a enchilada and added a red blob of sauce that I cut freehand out of red felt.  The beans are not exactly right, but it works.  I think it looks a bit like ice cream- so maybe it's a dessert burrito and chocolate ice cream.




Easy Circular Felt Food with Patterns // In Our Pond // free printable // pretend play // kids play // play kitchen // crafting // diy // sewing // breakfast // pancakes // eggs // pretend baking

2 Sheets of Cream
1 Sheet of Brown
1 Sheet of Dark Brown
Scrap of White
Scrap of Yellow

For the pancake, cut two circles of cream and two circles of brown.  I hot glued the brown pieces to the cream ones separately and then glued them together.  When I made the pancakes for Christmas, I added a third brown circle in between the two cream ones and hand-sewed the outside shut with a ladder stitch.  I think that added a nice realness to it, since it gave the middle a bit of thickness.

The syrup is free-hand cut from dark brown felt and then hot glued in place.  The drip of sweetness could be done in other colors to show a fruit-based syrup instead.

The egg was made by cutting a blog out of white felt.  Then, I hot glued the piece to another piece of white felt, and cut it out.  For the yoke, I cut the small circle with yellow felt and sewed a running stitch along the edge.  I gathered it, stuffed it, and hot glued it onto the white felt.  When I made these eggs at Christmas, I sewed the entire thing with embroidery floss, which looked very nice.




Easy Circular Felt Food with Patterns // In Our Pond // free printable // pretend play // kids play // play kitchen // crafting // diy // sewing // felt pizza // pizzeria pretend play // restaurant pretend play
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2 Sheets of Brown
1 Sheet of Red
1 Sheet of White
Scraps of Dark Brown

I have made felt pizza on this blog before, but my kids really wanted to see a sliced version with a stuffed crust.  I feel like the sewing machine is very helpful for this pattern, but the whole thing could be done by hand if you wanted.

To start, cut out the crust pattern (outside line) and tape the pattern to the brown felt.  Cut out the circle, but do not take off the pattern piece.  Set the cut out circle onto the other sheet of brown felt with the pattern facing up.  Machine sew around the inside crust line with a close stitch.  Do not take the pattern off now either.  Cut out the circle you just sewed on the outside line, so you have two circles, connected with a line of sewing about one inch from the edge.  Finally, cut the crust into fourths (this is the scariest part).

For the toppings, cut out a wiggly circle out of red and another out of white.  Cut them into fourths and attach them to the pizza slices (I hot glued them).  Next, free-hand cut out the meat circles (or use the pattern) and put them on the pizza.  You could also add other toppings, but I ended up leaving some with plain cheese to make them more appealing to my kids.

And now to stuff the crust.  I discovered that it was easier to sew about an inch at a time along the crust and leave the ends for last.  I stuffed it very firmly, using a pencil to fill the narrow gap.  For the ends of the crust, free-hand cut two small circles and stitch them onto the ends, adding more stuffing as needed to finish the crust.

This seems very challenging, but the pizza is also very rewarding.  Pair it with a pizza pan or a clean box from your favorite pizzeria to enhance the pretend play.




Happy Crafting!




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