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Anyone know how too sew felt food, Patterns?

post #1 of 100
Thread Starter 
I have seen awesome pictures of felt food online in expensive shops. I would like to make my own, before I embark on such a project I'm surious if there is a how to site somewhere? I'm looking to supply my 3 1/2 yo with some fake food for her kitchen. I'd like to make eggs, pancakes, muffins, bagles, pizza, fruits, veggies, anthing cute & do-able for a newbie! I can sew but from the looks of it most of this is done by hand? THanks for any links or info!
post #2 of 100

Wool felted fruits

Felting is so easy and fun try looking up wool felting in google . I just bought a kit off ebayand have made a ladybug and a dragon in two days! Fruits and food woulg be so simple!!Good luck! write me if you have more question!
post #3 of 100
I just took up needle felting. (really like last week) I've just been winging it.

It would be much easier to needle felt food then to sew it. How hard could a pancake be. maybe start with an orange and just follow directions for a felt ball. http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=555371

So far I've made a cute little gnome and I'm working on a car. I made the gnome completely from roving, but I'm recycling some moth eaten sweaters for the bulk of the car (I washed them first so they are clean and already semi-felted.)

BTW when I was done I popped the gnome in the wash he came out slightly shorter but firmer and I don't mind DS sticking it in his mouth.
post #4 of 100
Thread Starter 
Thanks eepster, that will be great for fruit! Sounds too easy!
post #5 of 100
I made my kids a felted sandwich set for christmas...

2 pieces of bread, made from pieces cut from an old felted/fulled sweater;
1 tomato slice, made from a piece cut out of a fulled sweater;
1 slice cheddar cheese, made from a piece of the "bread" sweater which I then dyed yellow using food coloring and vinegar...
1 swiss cheese slice, which I made by knitting up a rectangle of natural-color wool, felting it, and cutting holes in it...
1 lettuce leaf which I made by knitting some green yarn and then felting it... then I needle-felted the stem/veins into it...
2 pickle slices, made from the felted green piece (I needle-felted seeds onto them and cut the edges with pinking shears)
1 portabella mushroom, made from an old felted/fulled Irish wool sweater...

...It looks really cute, if I do say so myself, and I hadn't even heard of fulling, felting, needle-felting, or any of the rest of it before November. You can do it!
post #6 of 100
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Great ides Goldfinch!
post #7 of 100
oohhh.... this sounds too fun. ive seen it with fluffy, puffy wool but i didnt know it could be done from old sweaters. how do you do that??? i sew with alot of felted wool and always have scraps in cool colors.
any directions for a total newbie?? what tools do i need? can i improvise or do i have to buy stuff??
thanks mammas
post #8 of 100
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post #9 of 100
Here's some inspiration and a link to a tutorial for small cakes/toppings.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=139509.0

Here's a site in japanese, but the food is amazing!

http://5.pro.tok2.com/~mic/sub/gallery.html
post #10 of 100
that japanese site is INCREDIBLE... i could sit here all day staring at it!! SERIOUSLY!
post #11 of 100
Ok, so you just use regular felt and sew it together by hand - is that what needle felting is? You dont shrink it somehow? I'm confused by "felting" "needle felting" etc.
post #12 of 100
several different ways to describe "felt" i guess...

there's felt - like the thick wool stuff you see for crafts a lot....

then there's felted knitting or crochet work. basically it gets wet/mashed around and the fibers all work together to make it felted.... it still has the look of knitting/crochet, but also a more solid/fuzzy look too (am i making any sense/describing this right??)

and then the process of felting wool into an object is needle felting i believe... where you manipulate raw or died wool into shapes by wetting it and mashing it around. it then becomes a solid "felted" object
post #13 of 100
those are all so incredible! i needle felt and have recently gotten into sewing with felt...such endless possibilities! wow.
post #14 of 100
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Originally Posted by kandkrose View Post
several different ways to describe "felt" i guess...

there's felt - like the thick wool stuff you see for crafts a lot....

then there's felted knitting or crochet work. basically it gets wet/mashed around and the fibers all work together to make it felted.... it still has the look of knitting/crochet, but also a more solid/fuzzy look too (am i making any sense/describing this right??)

and then the process of felting wool into an object is needle felting i believe... where you manipulate raw or died wool into shapes by wetting it and mashing it around. it then becomes a solid "felted" object

Yes, you covered it.

*In regard to felt, there's synthetic, wool, and think that's it...? I usually use synthetic for the food I make.

*In regard to felting with finished crochet/knit - yes, and it's done so with finished products made with 100% wool. 100% the key word here.

*In regard to needle felting - yes again.
post #15 of 100
That makes me feel better that you use synthetic felt, lol. I have been looking for wool felt all over the place and its just too expensive for me to buy right now, but I have a box of regular craft felt in my basement, but I haven't wanted to sew any food with it because I wanted to do it right and make it nice. I guess my acrylic felt will work, sigh. lol
post #16 of 100
what is the difference between felting and fulling?
post #17 of 100
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Originally Posted by alisonsage View Post
what is the difference between felting and fulling?
The way terms are currently being used there isn't. However originally there was a difference.

Fulling refers to shrinking, fluffing and tangling together fibers (usually wool) that is already in fabric form, be that woven, knitted, crochet, etc.

Felting refers to taking loose fibers (usually wool) and forming them into a sheet, hat, toy, etc by shrinking, fluffing and tangling together.

Currently the term fulling is almost always used woven fabric.
post #18 of 100
would the felted ball method work for objects that aren't completely spherical? say like a strawberry?
post #19 of 100
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Originally Posted by alisonsage View Post
would the felted ball method work for objects that aren't completely spherical? say like a strawberry?
There are may different methods of making felt balls and most of them can be used to make food with only minor variation.
post #20 of 100
oops! posted on wrong thread.
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