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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!
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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!
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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.

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Thanks eepster, that will be great for fruit! Sounds too easy!
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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!

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Great ides Goldfinch!
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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
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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
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that japanese site is INCREDIBLE... i could sit here all day staring at it!! SERIOUSLY!
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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.
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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
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those are all so incredible! i needle felt and have recently gotten into sewing with felt...such endless possibilities! wow.

 

 

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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.
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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
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what is the difference between felting and fulling?
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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.

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would the felted ball method work for objects that aren't completely spherical? say like a strawberry?
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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.

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oops! posted on wrong thread.
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If I could read Japanese, I would buy this felt food pattern book. It looks *so* incredible, but being a relative novice, I have a feeling I'd need more than just patterns... some English directions would be nice. I'm sure some of you more talented Mama's wouldn't have any trouble at all.
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It might be too late for the OP as a few months have passed now, but I just used premanufactured toy foods as the starting point for my felt toys.

I used them as templates for size and detail and drafted paper patterns from them.

Pics:

Cookies (these I used real cookie cutters as the pattern)
http://tinyurl.com/3y4wtt
http://tinyurl.com/3yjjbd


Breakfast - 2 fried eggs, 2 slices of toast, 2 pancakes, and 2 slices of bacon
http://tinyurl.com/2r8gev


Cheeseburger - Top & bottom bun, slice of cheese, lettuce, pickles, tomato, onion, burger patty
http://tinyurl.com/3xun64
http://tinyurl.com/2r9sjd
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subbing so I can come back and find this...great thread
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It might be too late for the OP as a few months have passed now, but I just used premanufactured toy foods as the starting point for my felt toys.

I used them as templates for size and detail and drafted paper patterns from them.

Pics:

Cookies (these I used real cookie cutters as the pattern)
http://www.retroragswi.com/auctions/Chip.jpg
http://www.retroragswi.com/auctions/Heart.jpg

Breakfast - 2 fried eggs, 2 slices of toast, 2 pancakes, and 2 slices of bacon
http://www.retroragswi.com/auctions/Breakfast.jpg

Cheeseburger - Top & bottom bun, slice of cheese, lettuce, pickles, tomato, onion, burger patty
http://www.retroragswi.com/auctions/Cheeseburger1.jpg
http://www.retroragswi.com/auctions/Cheeseburger2.jpg


I had such fun creating these that I did go ahead and buy two of the Japanese felt books.
Oooh! Great job! I'm inspired!
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Well, I haven't made any food, but I did make the pieces on this mobile out of felt and it was easy. I didn't use a pattern or anything- just kind of drew the shapes on with a marker and cut them out, then sewed them together and stuffed them with a little polyester fluff. I used ordinary, acrylic craft felt sheets from the craft store, about $.20 each. I can't afford to buy anything natural or organic.
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I just joined this play food photo group, it is sooo incredible, just check out the pastries and all the other stuff:

Flickr Play Food Group
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I just joined this play food photo group, it is sooo incredible, just check out the pastries and all the other stuff:

Flickr Play Food Group
Ok, I just spent like an hour browsing through all those photos. Yummy!
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There is an old McCall's holiday pattern from 1980's that has a cornucopia with fruits and vegetables - apple, pear, grapes, ear of corn, pumpkin, squash, peas in a pod, string beans, beet.

It's McCall's holiday pattern 7274

It's very rare, but if you keep your eyes open, you might be able to find the pattern at a garage sale like I did. Or ask family members/neighbors. After I found the pattern, my neighbor remembered helping out her mom stuff the fruits and veggies when she was a girl and was positive she still had the pattern (because she never through anything out).

Sometimes it comes up on ebay too, so that might be a possibility.

And you don't have to lock yourself into just using felt. I've gotten creative and used simple cotton (quilt squares) and textured fabrics (like brown corderoy for hamburger meat) for variety.

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I finally have some pix to show of some of the food I've made. I am ordering some wool batting to use instead of the polyfill since overstuffing them can make some of the fibers pop out of the fabric.

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t...vegetables.jpg

http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t.../hamburger.jpg

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