Project: Felt Play Food (Strawberries)
I’ve been wanting to make play food for Shane out of felt ever since stumbling across listings on etsy.com a while back. After browsing around on the site and bookmarking various sellers and items, I started to wonder if I could possibly make some myself. Thank goodness for Google, which lead me to countless patterns and tutorials for making an incredible variety of felt play food.
I decided to create strawberries, using this tutorial, for my first project. This seemed like the best choice for me to start off with, partly because the tutorial seemed relatively straight-forward, and partly because strawberries — or “stubbies,” as Shane calls them — are his absolute favorite food. Seriously, this kid could easily put away a pint of strawberries in one sitting.
It really was incredibly easy to make these strawberries. Easy, and suprisingly relaxing as well. I won’t go over the steps, because if you’re interested it’s all there in the tutorial I linked to above. I was able to make a dozen strawberries using felt scraps and poly-fil that I had on hand, left over from one craft or another when I was still teaching preschool. I’d like to pick up wool felt at some point, rather than continue using the polyester craft felt, just because I think that would be more durable for a longer period of time. In order to save money, though, I’m going to use up the craft felt I have on hand first.
Shane loves his new “stubbies.” He’s been playing with them all morning: mixing them up carefully in a pot and “cooking” them, pretending to feed them to his teddy bear, his stuffed wolf, and himself, and using them to fill and dump from containers he’s raided from the tupperware drawer.