Make Your Own Felt Vegetables

Felt vegetables are a fun craft for older kids to hone their sewing skills or for crafty parents to create for younger children.  Perfect for a make believe kitchen and some imaginative play.

This step by step guide to creating felt vegetables has been put together by guest blogger, Laura Chapman.  Laura is the very talented local Mum who makes handmade children’s clothing and gifts for her startup, Mollie Moo Gifts.  Have a look at her range on Etsy.

Mollie Moo handmade children's clothes

Mollie Moo handmade children’s clothes

What You Will Need:

  • Felt (red, green, cream, orange)
  • Needle & thread
  • Glue gun (optional)
  • Toy stuffing

How To Make Felt Vegetables:

Tomato

felt, felt vegetables, make pretend food for imaginative play

  1. Cut a circle of red felt about 8cm wide.
  2. Tie a knot in some red thread and stitch a running stitch around the outside (about 5mm stitches), leaving the needle on the end
  3. Pull the stitches into a slight gather so you can stuff the tomato with a small amount of toy stuffing.
  4. Pull the thread tight and stitch a few stitches into the top of the tomato to secure the shape and the end of the thread.
  5. Cut out a leaf from green (template A) felt bigger than the gathered top of the tomato. Stick this on with a glue gun, or stitch on through the centre.

Cauliflower

felt, felt vegetables, make pretend food for imaginative play

  1. Cut a large circle of cream fabric about 20cm wide.
  2. Tie a knot in some cream thread and stitch a running stitch around the outside (about 5mm stitches), leaving the needle on the end
  3. Pull the stitches into a slight gather so you can stuff the cauliflower with a toy stuffing to make a ball shape.
  4.  Cut several leaves from green fabric, the number will depend on the size of the cauliflower. See below for a rough template (template B)
  5. Either glue or stitch the leaves around the base to look like a cauliflower.

Carrot

felt, felt vegetables, make pretend food for imaginative play

  1. Cut a 20cm circle of orange felt and cut it into 4 quarters.
  2. Join the straight edges of one quarter together using a sewing machine or a strong hand stitch to make a carrot shape.
  3. Fill the carrot with toy stuffing.
  4. Cut out 3 leaves from green felt (template C)
  5. Insert the stem of the leaf into the top of the carrot.
  6. Use running stitch to gather the top of the carrot, ensuring that the leaves are caught in the stitches to secure them. Finish stitches off by sewing several stitches in one place.

Leek

felt, felt vegetables, make pretend food for imaginative play

1. Cut a rectangle of cream felt, approximately 7cm x 12 cm
2. Hand stitch or machine sew the longer edges of the rectangle together to make a cylinder. Use running stitch to gather one end,
3. Stuff leek with toy stuffing.
4. Cut a rectangle of green felt approximately 20cm x 6 cm
5. Make several cut into the felt about 1cm apart part the way through.

template 4

 

 

6. Roll the ‘leaves’ into a cylinder and insert into the top of the leek.
7. Use running stitch to gather the top of the leek catching in the leaves. Finish off using several stitches on top of each other.

felt template 1felt template 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

felt template 2

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