I am taking a little time offline this week to spend with family and to try and kick the final symptoms of my recent illness. Fortunately, I have some great blogging friends who have offered to help me out with a series of fabulous guest posts. Today the wonderful Amanda of Not Just Cute inspires us with her plans for a touch of handmade this Christmas.
My children love to play with their food. That is, they love to play with toy food. We have a small set of inexpensive plastic food, but lately I’ve felt like it’s time to expand the menu. In my search for new cuisine, I’ve decided that making some felt pieces might be a great route to take. Felt food pieces offer a different sensory experience than the typical plastic pieces. They can be both realistic and charming. Avoiding paints and other aspects of manufacturing can also contribute to the piece’s safety.
I began scanning the internet for a few ideas and was bowled over with inspiration! I thought I’d share a bit with you as well.
On the Fiskars website (incidentally, my go-to brand for sewing scissors), I found instructions for this hearty breakfast, as well as for pizza and pasta, all of which look simple enough for my basic sewing skills, and good enough to eat (or at least pretend to)!
Skip to My Lou offers an unintimidating tutoral for this darling doughnut, perfect for my boys who are slightly obsessed with the odd story of Arnie the Doughnut. Simple circles. I think I can handle this!
Then, I stumbled upon the motherload! Ohdeedoh has a HUGE felt food roundup, featuring tutorials for the darling farmer’s market basket from Shelley Inspired, pictured at the top of this post, as well as an amazingly simple no-sew cinnamon roll and an irresistible slice of pumpkin pie, complete with whipped cream on top, both from Smashed Peas and Carrots.
So I think I’ll be busy with a few felt projects between now and Christmas. We’ll see if I stick to simple circles of pancakes, donuts, and cookies, or if I get really ambitious and branch out to the farmer’s market basket!
Have you made felt food? Do you have a favorite felt food tutorial? Please share your experiences and helpful hints!
Amanda Morgan is a mom, an educator, a consultant, a writer, and a chocolate fiend. Her blogs, Not Just Cute, focuses on the education and development of the whole child.
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