Make play food out of felt for an inexpensive craft with vast rewards. Adding thin wire to felt food allows play foods, such as bacon and tortillas, to hold their shape -- bacon will curl and tortillas will turn to shells. Supply your child with a bendable felt grocery bag full of felt food for her play kitchen or create a collection of felt food, such as bendable chocolate bars and fruit on a bending vine, to give to loved ones as interesting gifts.
Things You'll Need
- 22-gauge wire
- Wire cutters
- Sewing needle
- Sewing thread
- Polyfil (optional)
Cut the shape for your felt food object, such as round for a tortilla or square for a slice of bread, out of a sheet of felt. Cut a second shape that is identical to the first.
Place the felt shapes on a flat surface. Bend a piece of 22-gauge wire into the shape of the felt but so that it is 1/4 of an inch smaller in perimeter.
Cut the wire so that it's overlapping by 1 inch. Twist the ends of the wire around one another to secure the shape.
Position the shape evenly on the center on one of the felt shapes so that the wire is equally spaced from each side of the felt. Stack the other felt shape on top so that the edges of both pieces of felt are even.
Sew around the edge of the felt inside the perimeter of the wire. Leave a 3-inch space unsewn if you're going to stuff the food. Stuff the food with polyfil to the desired fullness, if desired. Continue sewing around the food.
Tips & Warnings
- You can also add a piece of wire into the center of felt foods, such as bananas or popsicles, along with the stuffing.
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