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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.

DIY felt food- Basil Leaves10

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

Felt Food Template- Print at full size.

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Need a little more spice?

How to make Felt food - Salt and Pepper Shakers

Shake up some fun with our free retro styled salt and pepper shaker tutorial.

Room for dessert?

Finish off any play meal with everyone’s favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies. cookieheader

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Felt Finger Puppet Theater

17 Aug

Check out the latest free pattern from the insanely talented Stephanie at Imagine Our Life!

What a fun and amazing work of art not to mention a great toy for all those holiday car trips!

Finger Puppets and puppet theater DIY Copyright Imagine Our Life.

The whole piece is supported on folding struts which allow it to fold flat to fit in quiet books or just for easy storage and travel!

I just love the flying dragon!

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Check out the full and stunningly detailed tutorial over at Imagine Our Life

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Happy Crafting

~Andie

Felt from American Felt and Craft - over 140 colors!

* All images via Imagine Our Life.

Felt Camping Quiet Book Page and Giveaway!

19 Jul

Photo courtesy of Imagine Our Life

If you haven’t seen the felt quiet book pages created by Stephanie over at Imagine our Life you’re in for a treat.

Her work is extremely interactive and imaginative . Check out this little glowing LED lantern on her latest camping page.

You can see the full interactive page layout and get the FREE pattern to make your own over on her blog: Imagine our Life.

Felt Camping quiet book page

The sleeping bag unzips and this little guy is can be posed!

So much fun!

 But you haven’t even heard the best part you can win all the felt and crinkle material needed for the camping page, plus a mini LED light and a piece of clear vinyl!

For details on how to win this giveaway visit Imagine Our Life 

Also be sure to visit the Facebook page where you can watch each page as they come together!

Happy Crafting!

~Andie

C is for cookie- Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Felt Food Tutorial

11 Jun

Felt Chocolate Chip Cookie Tutorial - Lots more felt food patterns too

I’ve received a few emails asking me for a starter felt food project so here it is, the chocolate chip cookie this one is an absolute basic felt food tutorial but it’s a great starter project if your new to sewing it’s also great for kids since it really couldn’t be easier. I also threw a few variations in at the end for you overachievers! Oh and the milk carton is from our Picnic Lunch pattern.

Here’s what I used:

1 sheet wool blend felt in Camel (will make at least 3 cookies)

Scraps of chocolate brown felt.

Thread to match Camel colored felt

Thread to match  Chocolate colored felt

A small amount of batting, I prefer wool batting.

OPTIONAL: Stuffing beads (these add a small about of weight to the cookie which makes them more fun to play with and can help a child develop a sense of balance when picking them up with a toy spatula.)

Felt and batting can be purchased at American Felt and Craft.

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For each cookie:

Cut light brown colored felt into 2  3″  circles

Cut Chocolate colored felt in 1/4″ circles (as many chips as desired)

Cut Batting into a slightly smaller than 3″ circle.

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Step 1 Sew chips onto outside of one of the cookie rounds, since you are using felt your only goal is to affix them firmly so a simple X stitch on top will do.  I used light green here for illustration.

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Step 2 Check batting size by sandwiching between the two cookie halves, now is the easiest time to trim it if you need to.

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Step 3 with batting removed whip stitch around outer perimeter until your a little more than halfway done, stop and place your batting and stuffing beads (if using) into cookie. Whip stitch the rest of the way around and your cookie is complete!

Varations on the theme:

Cookie Counters:

felt counting cookies from American Felt and Craft Make the desired number of cookies using 1 chocolate chip on the first, 2 on the second and so on. Before sewing the pieces together using cross stitch thread back stitch numbers onto cookie bottoms before sewing matching cookie tops and bottoms together.

You and your little one can practice basic math skills by counting the number of chocolate chips and then turning the cookie over to see the corresponding number. They can also be used to learn the numbers by asking questions like, Which cookie has the number 4 on it and then turning them over and counting to see if the child is right. These are a big hit at my house!

Gifted with love

Felt food chocolate chip cookies

Your felt cookies are sure to last a lifetime or two so why not help history out a bit by marking their beginning.  Here I used Orchid colored felt to cut a small heart shape followed by the giver and the year.

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Chocolate and white chip cookies

By using the same process you can make a white chocolate chip cookie. Here I used Chocolate and Buttercream felt.  Perhaps you live in a magical house where cookies are pink and purple, the combinations are endless… have fun and send pictures!

Andie
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