Play food is a great beginner’s sewing project and can be altered to make food as simple or as fancy as you’d like. These cookies are fantastic as a learning tool. You can embroidery or draw (with puff paint or fabric paint) letters and numbers on them. You can use them to teach colors, shapes, or even as coins. You are only limited by your creativity.
This tutorial will focus on creating the cookies with a sewing machine, but you could also hand sew the items. If you don’t sew, you could use felt fabric glue to glue the pieces together. When making felt foods please keep the age of the child you’re making the project for in mind. Children who still put things in their mouth should never be given small objects as these would pose a choking hazard. They also should not be given items with puff paint as they could pick the paint off.
When making felt food you can use whatever type of felt you desire. Craft felt is easy to work with, cheap and easily obtainable but it will not wear as well as wool felt. Craft felt may get pilly over time, but you can wash it with warm soapy water and use a lint shaver to get rid of pills. If the item doesn’t contain a pipe cleaner or glue, you could even run it through the washing machine. Wool felt will wear better and last longer. If you’re creating something that you’d like to pass down from child to child, wool felt is best. If you plan to use wool felt, you may want to first practice on craft felt so you don’t waste money on the more expensive stuff. I typically use eco-fi felt which is made of recycled plastic bottles.
Let’s get started! You will need the following to create your Felt Cookies:
- Felt in whatever colors you desire
- Thread in colors of your choice
- Sewing machine and/or hand sewing needle
- Start out by placing two pieces of felt wrong sides together and cutting out a circle. You can use any size circle you like, freehand it or trace a cup, etc. If you’re going to sew a plain cookie and don’t want to add any other design, then you’re ready to sew, go ahead to step 3! If you want to add a design, go on to the next step.
- Once your cookie is cut out, you can add a design to the cookie. Sometimes I like to add dainty stitches like the heart design pictured. Take one side of the cookie and add your design. You can put the same design on the other side, or do something different so you get more ‘activities’ or designs in one cookie.You could do numbers and letters to teach the alphabet or counting. You could do sprinkles, colors, shapes, etc. You really are only limited to your imagination with these and kids love to get in on the design.
- Once you’ve added a design to both sides, pin the cookie together, right sides both facing out.We’ll sew the cookie together using an overcast stitch. If you don’t have an overcast stitch on your machine, a wide zig zag stitch works great. Since the edges of the felt won’t fray, you could even use a straight stitch.
- If using an overcast stitch, make sure your right hand side stitch falls just over the edge of the cookie. You might need to sew a stitch and then adjust your cookie’s placement under the presser foot to get it just right. Sew all the way around the outer edge of the cookie making sure you back-stitch/reinforcement stitch at the beginning and end. Clip your threads when you’re done.
- That’s it! Easy peasy. You can make as many of these as you can crank out. They make lovely gifts and are great to have for any home school or home learning lesson plans.