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sewmagic
02-02-2011, 11:27 AM
Thinking out loud. Hey there, I've been touring ETSY again and I came across a few people that make felt foods and they are almost realistic looking! I never knew how much creativity is in here within us, and out there. Every time I see something it gives me more idea's and I have to jot them down.

thecraftycpa
02-02-2011, 08:10 PM
I've always wanted to try this myself. It all looks so cute. I found this tutorial on Martha Stewart.com.

http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/sewing-projects#slide_52

This one is definately not as cute as the ones on Etsy, but I thought it might be a good place to start before I started imagining and creating my own.

Of course, so far it's still filed away as inspiration!

kocho
02-05-2011, 12:30 PM
I made some felt food for my daughter for Christmas one year. Mine were kind of basic, but I made bacon and eggs and a banana and a few other things. I'll see if I can find the pics.

karen12
02-11-2011, 08:29 PM
For anyone looking for felt food tutorials (or if you just want to look at the adorable pictures), you can find links to some on this page:

Thanks Karen, but we would prefer that you post tutorials on this forum rather than directing members to other websites. Link removed.

Karen

mamaslittlemonkeys
02-15-2011, 10:24 AM
I had bought some patterns for felt food, I want to say by simiplicity or mccall? They have a 'craft' section of patterns that are not clothing but all sorts of 'crafty' type sewing...the felt food was one. I have not had the chance to make many but I do use felt some for my toys....i like morning glory fiberfill to stuff them with :)

Christyl03
07-18-2011, 11:14 AM
I've made a lot of felt play food. Can I suggest something though? The felt does not last long. It pills up and looks nasty after a little while. I love using fleece! I make little cookies and tea bags for my shop and I use fleece. It looks really nice, lasts a lot longer and is machine washable!

Christyl03
07-21-2011, 10:56 AM
I made my own pattern for this cute little tea set. It's made out of fleece and is washable. My kids just love playing with these!

AmandaDacus
07-21-2011, 08:11 PM
I have been thinking about trying felt food too. I needle felt and was wondering if anyone has seen any good needle felted play food. Also, what age group is this safe for?

Christyl03
07-22-2011, 09:51 AM
I have been thinking about trying felt food too. I needle felt and was wondering if anyone has seen any good needle felted play food. Also, what age group is this safe for?
There are people on Etsy who needle felt play food. A lot of the play foods are ages 3+. I put a warning on mine that they are not recommended for children who still put things in their mouths. I have 2 3 year olds and they play with all of the play food I make and have never had an issue with it:)

Trud
07-22-2011, 12:34 PM
Awwww those cookies and teabags are so cute.

AmandaDacus
07-22-2011, 06:21 PM
There are people on Etsy who needle felt play food. A lot of the play foods are ages 3+. I put a warning on mine that they are not recommended for children who still put things in their mouths. I have 2 3 year olds and they play with all of the play food I make and have never had an issue with it:)

Thanks, Christy I will check them out. 3+ makes sense, I just wanted to hear from someone with personal experience. Sounds like your the right person for that. I will try it with my 2 year old, supervised of course!

weareborgswife
07-27-2011, 09:11 PM
To help avoid the pilling - go with a wool or wool blend felt- it really holds up well... But I love the fleece idea also! I found a book called Big Little Felt Universe at the library- very detailed and amazing things- the author uses cardboard inside some of the bigger pieces and then stuffs them. She has patterns for camping set, dr. set, a cake topped with tons of fruit... a ton of amazing thing. She recommends Sunfelt made in Japan. There is an etsy shop that had it but she's on vacation right now and the shop is closed so not sure if she still has it. I used the sunfelt for some Christmas ornaments this year and they came out great.

mamaslittlemonkeys
07-31-2011, 10:36 AM
side note, you can also market felt food for pets!! :)

Christyl03
08-03-2011, 11:45 AM
To help avoid the pilling - go with a wool or wool blend felt- it really holds up well... But I love the fleece idea also! I found a book called Big Little Felt Universe at the library- very detailed and amazing things- the author uses cardboard inside some of the bigger pieces and then stuffs them. She has patterns for camping set, dr. set, a cake topped with tons of fruit... a ton of amazing thing. She recommends Sunfelt made in Japan. There is an etsy shop that had it but she's on vacation right now and the shop is closed so not sure if she still has it. I used the sunfelt for some Christmas ornaments this year and they came out great.

I don't use Cardboard because you cannot wash it. I have to be able to wash the play food:) Instead I use that Plastic Canvas you can get at the craft stores. You can wash it! Not dry it of course. I agree that the acrylic felt pills...badly actually! It looks terrible after just a short period of time. I love the wool felt. It's easy to work with. Get it wet and dry it on delicate before working with it though. It will shrink and if you make something and try to wash it later (without pre shrinking) you will have wasted your time because it will ruin. There are alot of great patterns for play food on Etsy also. Really though, all you have to do is think about what your kiddos normally like to eat. The shapes are easy to figure out. For my tea sets I just traced a tea bag. Kids love the donut fleece foods. They are so easy and fun to make! Just trace a circle and another circle in the center and you have a cute donut shape! So simple.

inspiredtocraft
08-03-2011, 05:51 PM
I made my own pattern for this cute little tea set. It's made out of fleece and is washable. My kids just love playing with these!


This is so cute! I love it!!