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
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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
DIY felt food- Pasta Sauce
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
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 Leaves
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.
DIY felt food- Meatballs
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
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.
Mangia and Happy Crafting!
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