Asian Inspired Appetizers – Felt Food

22 Sep

Felt Food- Crab ragoon, spring rolls, edamame

Every felt chef needs a good selection of appetizers on his or her menu. Help fill out the menu with these Asian inspired felt food starters. All of these are super fast and easy to make and add a global influence to your child’s cooking repertoire.

I’ve broken down the steps for crab rangoon, spring rolls, edamame, sweet and sour and soy sauces and dishes. I love how these came out and I am sure you will too.

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9″ x 12″ felt sheet in spring roll color, I used Pastry – This will make 4 spring rolls *

7″ x 7″  felt in ragnoon color, I used Toffee* – makes 2 rangoons

9″x 12″ felt in edamame color, I used Granny Smith* – makes over a dozen edamame

-please note these are small and aren’t safe toys for babies and very young children –

9″ x 6″ felt  for dishes I used white* – for one of each size, double if this amount if you want a sturdier dish

2″ square sweet and sour color, I used watermelon

2″ square black felt *

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*matching thread

Pattern at the end of post

Felt Edamame

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Begin by cutting the edamame keeping the mirror sides connected at the backs for easy fold and go. You can also cut these on a fold.

Roll quarter sized amount of stuffing until it is the size of a soy bean. Repeat to fill all soybeans.

Overcast stitch along the outside of each soybean. Stuff with rolled stuffing pieces before closing. Repeat with each bean.

Felt Crab Rangoon

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Hold square as shown, fold straight sides inward.

Add a small amount of stuffing to help ragoons sit flat.

Stitch center together with matching thread.

 

Felt Spring Rolls

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Lay square with one corner pointing down.  Fold bottom corner up.

Fold sides in as shown.

Stitch once or twice to hold.

Stuff lightly.

Roll spring roll from the base up and stitch down remaining corner to hold.

Felt Dishes – DIY

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Bring diagonal cut edges together and overcast stitch. Repeat with all sides.

For a sturdier dish double the dish and overcast stitch around the edges to connect.

Sweet and Sour and Soy Sauce

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Place in the sauce dish.

Happy Crafting!

Andie

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Felt Empanadas (hand pies)

14 Sep

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Popular in Spain and many Latin American countries an empanada prounounced (Em-pan-ah-dah) is a kind of stuffed bread or pastry which is either baked or fried. Fruit empanadas are made by folding dough over a fruit filling and are basically identical to hand pies in that they are both made of deliciousness.

Empanadas can be stuffed with any filling, our felt versions sport an apple, pineapple, cherry and strawberry for variety.

Felt foods don’t get too much easier than this. The most difficult part will be cutting the fruit shapes for your felt empanada for some tips see our post on Cutting Small Shapes. This play food craft is so super easy and is a great for the felt food beginner.

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You will need: per pie

 5.5″ x 5.5″ square of crust colored felt I used Pastry

2″ scrap slightly darker than crust covered felt* I used Toffee

Embroidery thread

Stuffing.

*Matching thread

Template at the end of post

felt food hand piesAttach your shape to the upper part of your felt circle with a running stitch and matching thread. Because you are sewing on a circle you don’t need to center it since you can fold it in any direction.

diy felt food easyFold circle over so the felt fruit shape is in the center. Using a full strand of embroidery thread doubled over and  an over cast stitch, sew along the outside of the open portion of the pie. Stop to leave room to stuff.

felt hand pie empandada patternStuff lightly. finished hand pie felt food beginner felt foodSew Closed. Seriously that’s it!

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~Andie

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Felt Avocado Tutorial and Pattern

12 Sep

DIY Felt Avocado

You asked for it you got it! A bunch of people asked for a felt avocado pattern so here it is. I love these squishy felt avocados and I am smitten by the removable pit. You may think I’m crazy but come on…

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Sewing this fun felt food avo is much easier than it looks just follow our step-by-step photo tutorial and instructions. For even more felt food patterns, check out our tutorials for Broccoli and Cauliflower, Cut Apart Carrots and Fried Eggs. And keep up with us all September for felt food tutorials galore.

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You will need:

5″ x 6″ Dark green felt for Avocado Rind, I used Courtyard but Sushi or Cactus would also work well* This will make one whole avocado or two halves.

4″ 6″ Muted Green felt for Avocado inside I used Granny Smith   

4″ x 4″ Pale yellow or green for Avocado center I used Buttercream but Irish cream or Chartreuse would also work well. *

2″ x 4″ Pit color I used Penny*

Scrap of Stem colored felt I used Chocolate *

Stuffing

Template (at the end of post)

Whole Avocado

DIY felt avocadoCut 6 peel pieces from dark green felt. Sew sides of two of the pieces together with matching thread and an overcast stitch repeat with all sides.

felt avocado rindSew sides together. Turn inside out and stuff.

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Sew round stem scrap to the top, you can also glue it in place with a fabric or felt glue. Felt pattern avocado

Felt Avocado Halves

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Sew two center indents together along one of the curves using an over cast stitch. Stitch indent inside the hold in the center piece. IMG_6054

Repeat for other avocado center. Sew centers to the green base pieces using matching thread and a running stitch.

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Set centers aside and sew avocado rinds by sewing three peel pieces together along the side with an overcast stitch as you did for the whole felt avocado.

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Now it’s time to get ugly!

Place inner avocado on top of the rind with ugly stitches facing outward. (aka inside out)ugly avocado American Felt and CraftOvercast stitch along the outer edge leaving a 1″ space to turn the piece.

Turn the felt avocado the other way (right way aka pretty way) and stuff. IMG_6068Sew Closed. Repeat with other half

Make a pit.

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Sew all 4 pit pieces together along the rounded edges exactly the way you did for the center indent. Leave one side open, turn right side out, stuff and sew closed.

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Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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DIY Spaghetti and meatballs Italian dinner

7 Sep

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My first rule in designing felt food is to try to make it as interactive as possible. After all every little chef wants to do some serious cooking.

This DIY felt food meal will allow them to use every bit of the play kitchen. A budding chef can “bake” the meatballs and bread sticks, “cut” and “boil” the pasta noodles, “cook” the sauce and garnish the plate. I’ve kept the noodles connected to save sanity and to make them easy to “roll” out and “cut” I hope these small details make this a treasured menu item in your little ones’ restaurant.

This is a easy felt food set to make with really great results. If you are a newbie or just need a refresher I would encourage you to check out our Felt Food 101 series

Need a brush up on stitches? We got you. Check out our post on stitches. 

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Here’s everything you need to make felt Italian meal for two featuring; 2 plates of mess free pasta and sauce, 4 bread sticks and 6 meatballs. 

1- 9″ x 12″ felt sheet for Pasta Sauce (makes 2) I used Poinsettia *

2- 9″ x 12 felt sheets in a creamy pale yellow for bread stick bases and pasta. I used Buttercream*

1- 9″ x 12″ sheet felt light beige for bread stick tops I used Pastry*

1- 9″ x 12″ sheet brown felt for meatballs (makes 6 meatballs) I used Teddy Bear*

4 x3″ Scrap of green felt for basil leaf (Optional) I used Cilantro

Embroidery thread in a herby green and pale tan

Stuffing

*Matching thread

DIY felt food- Pasta Sauce
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To make the pasta sauce simply sew two of the sauce shapes together with an overcast stitch and matching thread.

DIY felt food- Pasta Noodles

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Fold 9″ x 12″ felt sheet in half lengthwise and cut down the center to create two long rectangles. Cut noodles at 1/2 inch intervals leaving the top 1/2″ attached. Fold top over and sew down with a running stitch and matching thread. This will keep the noodles together and make play “cutting” of the pasta dough way more fun, the fold and stitching along the top adds strength.

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Cut one smaller and one larger basil leaf from green felt, you can easily free hand this since the edges don’t need to be even. Pinch the small end together and stitch once or twice to get it to fold. Place one leaf behind the other and stitch together to make garnish.

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DIY felt food- Meatballs

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For each meatball you will need one larger and one smaller felt circle. Sew a gathering stitch along the outside of the larger circle. Stuff and pull leaving a small amount of the bottom open for the bottom. Knot.

Run the needle through the meatball creating tiny stitches to create texture. Sew smaller circle to cover exposed stuffing using an overcast stitch. This flat base will allow it to sit without rolling.

Round out the meatball by rolling in your hands to distribute the stuffing.

DIY felt food- Bread sticks

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Cut 2 bread stick bases and 2 bread stick tops per bread stick. (8 of each for all 4 sticks)

Set aside half of the beige tops. Embellish the other half of the tops with french knots from pale tan embroidery thread and create herbs with small stitches in pale green.

Stitch all tops to bases with a running stitch and matching thread.

Stack one embellished side with one plain side, over cast stitch sides together with matching thread.

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Mangia and Happy Crafting!

~Andie

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All September long we are featuring felt food tips, patterns and tutorials right here on The Blog. What felt foods are you dying to make? Let us know in the comments and you may see the free pattern and tutorial soon!

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Butterfly Felt Rings- no sew

24 Aug

nosewkidscraftIt doesn’t get too much easier than this craft. These felt butterfly rings take around 5 minutes each to make and require no sewing because they simply fold together. Consider adding sequins, cut designs, stitching or tiny pom poms to your ring for an even more impressive accessory.  Decorating felt butterfly rings also makes a great birthday party craft for even the least crafty kid in the group.

Surprisingly this size worked on people from 8- adult so it’s really a one size fits all situation. There’s a rounded cut along the back to make the ring more comfortable to wear. Be sure to use a quality felt for these since the flaps will need to hold some stress. You can also glue together for a more permanent hold.  For tips on accurate cuts see this POST

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You will need:

5″ x3″  Felt scrap per butterfly I used White, Amethyst Purple, Banana Cream, Hot Pink, Aqua and Pink Tutu.

Template at the end of this post

Felt glue and bits to decorate (optional)

cutoutringsCute ring from template including slits in the top of one end and the bottom of the other as shown on template. butterflycraftsfromfeltCurl ring together and hook the slits to form a ring.

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That’s it! butterflyringsHappy Crafting

~Andie

Magic Snow Globe Ornaments

21 Aug

20992829_10214172424048255_1162762613862058965_nRemember these snow globe Christmas ornaments from back in the day? I thought it would be fun to revisit them with a slightly more fabulous feel. I swapped out the traditional Christmas themes with some magical inspiration, traded the stuffing beads for sequins and jazzed up the bases with some glitter fabric. I love the way these turned out simple, sweet and full of magic. There is enough space on the base of the ornament to add year or a name to personalize the gift. If you decide to take on this idea this year please share pics I would love to see!

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You will need:

Felt remnants/scraps in:

Pale Yellow – Buttercream (Swan Globe)*

Water color- Aqua (Swan pond)

Black (Swan eyes)

White (Unicorn, Swans)

Purple- Amethyst Purple (Unicorn Globe) *

Pale Green-  Honeydew (Grass)

Orange – Satsuma Orange (Phoenix body)

Pale Blue – Sparrow (Phoenix Globe, Unicorn hair) *

Coral – Crushed Coral (Phoenix details)

Yellow- Lemon Meringue (Phoenix details)

Gold glitter non woven fabric

Felt Glue

Sequins (Coral, Red, Crystal, Snow White, Flower Garden)

Clear Vinyl  1/8 yard

Yellow, Brown, Coral and Red embroidery threads

Template (at bottom of post)

Rick Rack or Ribbon for hanging

* Matching Thread

Felt Ornament Tutorials 

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Swan Snow Globe

Cut one swan couple and one of each set of wings from white felt, one of each beak from black felt, one pond shape from aqua felt and two globe shapes from the pale yellow, one base, one of each crown from glitter felt and two 4″ lengths of ribbon to hang. 5″ square of vinyl.

20953701_10214172426008304_3104503687445000012_nAttach swans, wings, beaks and pond water to one of the snow globe pieces with felt or fabric glue as shown.20914626_10214172426208309_6047752748709317323_nStitch over the tips of the beaks with yellow embroidery thread and glue down crowns cut from glitter fabric.20915164_10214172426448315_4890425071020849131_nFold ribbon over to make a loop and sandwich ribbon between the two globe pieces and cover with a slightly larger vinyl piece. Using matching thread and a running stitch stitch around the outside and through the ribbon to connect it. Cut away extra vinyl.20953339_10214172426808324_6684691134728395328_nFill with a pinch of Snow White and Crystal sequins and sew shut along the bottom.20954061_10214172427088331_7866460746443848562_nGlue base to front and allow to dry.  Tie small cut of ribbon to the base of the ribbon. (optional)

Phoenix Snow Globe Ornament

Cut one Phoenix, fire shape and center chest feathers from orange felt, one beak and one claw from yellow felt, one of each of the chest feathers and inner wings from coral felt. Two felt globe shapes from the pale blue, one base from glitter felt and two 4″ lengths of ribbon to hang.  5″ square of vinyl.

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Lay felt phoenix out as shown and glue down feathers and wings. Glue the claw and beak into place. Accent fire shape with red embroidery thread in small free form shapes, this step is optional and truthfully you won’t really see it so it’s safe to skip it.

Place the felt phoenix above the flame and accent with a french knot for an eye. Add a few feathers along the face and chest with simple stitches and coordinating embroidery thread.  Place globe pieces together with ribbon hanger in the center. Stitch vinyl to cover, stuffing with a pinch of red and coral sequins. A little goes a long way you won’t need much. Stitch closed at the bottom and glue base into place the as shown in the steps for the swan ornament above.

Unicorn Snow Globe Ornament 

Cut one unicorn from white felt, one mane and one tail from plae blue felt. Two globe shapes from the purple, one base and horn from glitter felt and two 4″ lengths of ribbon to hang.  5″ square of vinyl.

20915186_10214172427848350_3771427656083751982_nGlue grass shape down onto one of the globe shapes place unicorn and accent with french knots for eye and spots. Glue horn into place. Place the tail and mane. Stitch a few lines in contrasting colors along them (optional) Stitch over the hooves with brown embroidery thread. Place globes together with ribbon in between, Place vinyl on top and sew down with a running stitch and matching thread. Fill with a pinch of flower shaped sequins and sew closed. Glue glitter base into place, tie a smaller cut of ribbon around the base of the hanger.

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Happy Crafting~

Andie

 

 

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