So... A few months ago I discovered children's felt play food. I was instantly addicted. I made a few pieces in November, thinking I would give my girls an entire supermarket full of food for Christmas. Well... as December came around I found myself at my parents house working on the Barbie dream house that I was building. (That post is yet to come) Needless to say.... I never finished all the foods that I wanted to give them, so I put it all away under my desk for another time. Another time came this week. I decided to give the foods that I had made to my girls and see if they liked them enough for me to make more. Indeed they did!!! They immediately went about taking orders from whoever may be in the house at that moment. They also started to list off more things that I just “Had” to make. Over the past week I've added lots of fruit, veggies, breads and bags to store it all in. I still have a list as long as my arm of items to make.
I love how easily felt works up. It's very forgiving, and because these things are for my kids to play with, I'm not trying to make them “perfect”. They are fine with them being sewn on the machine. Which makes me happy, because when dealing with projects like felt foods I need instant gratification. I think these foods have been appealing to me because of the diversity of colors and items that I'm making. I've never been one to sit and make 20 of something in a row. I've always needed a change of scenery. That's definitely why my knitting basket has 5 things that I'm working on all at once. Anyways... I'm getting off track. Here's a list of the items that I've made so far. (no particular order)
6 Slices bread, 3 pancakes with syrup, 3 pieces butter, Bow tie pasta, Spaghetti sauce, 3 meatballs, hamburger patti, 2 strips bacon, 2 fried eggs, 2 slices mystery sandwich meat, 2 slices cheddar, 2 slices swiss, peanut butter & jelly glops, 1 bag doritos, 1 bag potato chips, 6 sprinkled sugar cookies, 4 tea bags, 4 slices of oranges, 4 slices of apple, 5 cherries, 1 stem of grapes, 4 slices banana, 2 slices kiwi, 5 beaded strawberries, 3 slices of lemons, 3 slices of limes, 6 soybeans, 3 slices cucumber, lots of lettuce, 4 slices pickles, 5 baby carrots, 2 whole carrots, 3 slices tomato, onion slices..... Whew.... and to think I still have lots to go!!! I also made up 6 lunch sack style bags to hold it all in. I cut out color full felt squares and free cut the letters. I then used free motion sewing to sew down all the letters using a rainbow thread.
I'm currently crocheting up some cupcakes to go with all this. Eventually I want them to have a whole bakery full of sweets.
Oh!! I forgot to mention that I didn't really use patterns for anything. I just sorta winged it.