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Thank you for the cupcake tutorial! I am also excited that Joann's has 100% wool. I have been making my food out of some felt that was leftover at my grandmother's house, but I need to buy a couple of colors, and I would prefer to buy the wool. By the way, any one of know of any hot-pink foods besides watermelon and cookie/cupcake icing? Grandma had a lot of hot pink felt. As to why, I really have no idea. I have a very difficult time imagining a scenario in which someone would buy a couple of yards of hot pink felt.

And now off to finish what will be either corn or a banana, depending on how it turns out.
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Some food I made for a school fundraiser. These were actually my 'test' samples, and I'm going to make similar ones for my DS for Christmas.

Eggs and Bacon

Sandwich with tomato, cheese and lettuce

Pizza with removable toppings
I love the toppings, especially the tomato sauce which I enhanced by sewing around in a swirl pattern. But I didn't particularly like my crust. It was kind of difficult to make. I'm going to have to play with that a bit.

I also made DS the cutest little oreo cookie. Haven't taken a good pic of that one though.
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just curious - anyone know if the felt at joann's comes in anything but wool? DD and myself are both allergic to wool : and I really really want to make her a bunch of play food.

bonus if anyone can find no wool no china felt - you'd have my eternal thanks.
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just curious - anyone know if the felt at joann's comes in anything but wool? DD and myself are both allergic to wool : and I really really want to make her a bunch of play food.

bonus if anyone can find no wool no china felt - you'd have my eternal thanks.
Well, you can just use acrylic felt, is that what you mean? It's certainly a lot cheaper than wool! The food I posted above is made with acrylic. Or were you looking for acrylic felt, not made in China?
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just curious - anyone know if the felt at joann's comes in anything but wool? DD and myself are both allergic to wool : and I really really want to make her a bunch of play food.

bonus if anyone can find no wool no china felt - you'd have my eternal thanks.
Kunin Felt's Ecospun acrylic felt is made in the USA out of recycled plastic. Is that what you were asking about? Check out the marketing sheet on Ecospun.

http://www.kuninfelt.com/cfiles/about.cfm
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Well, you can just use acrylic felt, is that what you mean? It's certainly a lot cheaper than wool! The food I posted above is made with acrylic. Or were you looking for acrylic felt, not made in China?
acrylic felt - not made in china.
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I just purchased a bunch of different colors of acrylic felt at Joanns and was thrilled to read on the end of each bolt "made in the USA" !!!!!
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Of course now we know that some stuff made in China is not so great-but my kids love the home made toys-just because I made them. I use both acrylic and wool felt. Even without the philosophy of natural materials being better-the wool felt last longer-and is stronger. you can hand wash the felt food-but the wool colors sometimes run so I surface wipe mine.

this pattern makes a cake and strawberries that are 3 dimensional. I found the strawberries super easy. I haven't made the cake yet. I am focusing more on fruits and sandwiches,pancakes etc. stuff he actually eats often.

http://apple-pai.deviantart.com/art/...-cake-54251766

this tutorial is for a donut
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=46368.0

I am making a sandwich set for ds and some strawberries and maybe some other stuff. It gets addicting. We made some cake slices that came out awesome-my 7 yo even made one with my sewing machine. its sort of like sewing a stuffed animal-except its cake shaped.


oh and for a veggie pita you could do lettuce, cucumber, red pepper strips and some onion ring slices.

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Of course now we know that some stuff made in China is not so great-but my kids love the home made toys-just because I made them. I use both acrylic and wool felt. Even without the philosophy of natural materials being better-the wool felt last longer-and is stronger. you can hand wash the felt food-but the wool colors sometimes run so I surface wipe mine.

this pattern makes a cake and strawberries that are 3 dimensional. I found the strawberries super easy. I haven't made the cake yet. I am focusing more on fruits and sandwiches,pancakes etc. stuff he actually eats often.

http://apple-pai.deviantart.com/art/...-cake-54251766

this tutorial is for a donut
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=46368.0

I am making a sandwich set for ds and some strawberries and maybe some other stuff. It gets addicting. We made some cake slices that came out awesome-my 7 yo even made one with my sewing machine. its sort of like sewing a stuffed animal-except its cake shaped.


oh and for a veggie pita you could do lettuce, cucumber, red pepper strips and some onion ring slices.
Oh, my goodness these are so adorable. Thanks so much for the links.

Last night I was working on breakfast foods. I made an egg, partially finished a pancake, and cut out some pieces for some bacon. As soon as I can get them finished, I was going to take a pic.

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Kunin Felt's Ecospun acrylic felt is made in the USA out of recycled plastic. Is that what you were asking about? Check out the marketing sheet on Ecospun.

http://www.kuninfelt.com/cfiles/about.cfm

Thank you! This is exactly what I was looking for! I wanted something cruelty free and something that was helping the environment!

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Thank you! This is exactly what I was looking for! I wanted something cruelty free and something that was helping the environment!

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Me too! How in the world did I miss this before? Thank you so much!

And it looks like this stuff is available at JoAnn's! How very cool.
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That was nice to see that Joann's carries it. Very handy!

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Hmmm, I must be losing my mind because I could have sworn that I already posted a reply to this thread but I don't see it...well, I recently made DD some cute play food using a felted wool sweater and wool batting. I also spent waaaay too much time putting together a play food resource with lots of (hopefully) helpful links, patterns, etc. on my blog here There's a picture of the wool spaghetti and meatballs that I made there too.
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You have posted that somewhere -- maybe in the homemade holiday thread?
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i just made my first felt foods! it is as fun and easy as you all said! yay!

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Thank you for the cupcake tutorial! I am also excited that Joann's has 100% wool. I have been making my food out of some felt that was leftover at my grandmother's house, but I need to buy a couple of colors, and I would prefer to buy the wool. By the way, any one of know of any hot-pink foods besides watermelon and cookie/cupcake icing? Grandma had a lot of hot pink felt. As to why, I really have no idea. I have a very difficult time imagining a scenario in which someone would buy a couple of yards of hot pink felt.
maybe your gramma used it for poodle skirts...anyways i made a felt popsicle (was going to do an ice cream cone but DS is allergic to dairy so he loves popsicles) and you could do that with hot pink....or you could do an ice cream cone....hot pink could also be icing on a donut although that's pretty similar to cookie/cupcake...
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I made the cupcakes from the tutorial the other day! Very cute! I made two pink ones (done) and two chocolate ones (just need to sew up the bottom). I didn't quite like the size of the first one that I did based on her measurements. I made it a bit wider/squatter and it was much better IMO. I think hers says it should be 5" and 5-3/4" or something for the length of the side piece. I made mine 6" on one length and 7" on the other length. Then of course, you have to make the top and bottom circles a bit bigger as well. I think I made my top circle a 3" diameter if I remember correctly.

I hand sewed the first one and I didn't like how you could see my stitches as it pulled. So, I machine sewed the remaining ones and it was much better. I did it in a different order when I used the machine though. You sew the top closed on the cupcake top first. Then, sew the top to the side (takes a little manuevering as you go around the circle). Then sew closed the side. Then, I'm hand-sewing the bottom on with a blanket stitch and 2 threads of embroidery floss. I also used 2 threads of embroidery floss to sew on my beads and that seems more durable to me than when I just used regular 100% polyester (gutterman) thread.

Hope I didn't confuse anyone! They turned out very cute and as soon as I finish the chocolate cupcakes, I'll post a picture.

I made pancakes, bacon, eggs, an oreo cookie, and a carrot for DS for xmas and they have been a hit! I bought 100% and 70/30 wool felt from Weirs Dolls and used wool batting for the stuffing. It really is a lot nicer than the acrylic (but also a lot more $$). I also bought the hen egg sized wooden eggs from Casey's Wood Products and put them in a 6-egg carton, and those are cute too. We pulled out Casey's acorns today, and they loved those too!

I bought the Haba farfalle and DS has really liked that. It is so easy to make though, I'm bummed that I actually bought them instead of making them myself! I might have to make some additional ones using the Haba ones as a pattern.

ETA: I forgot I had already taken pics of the pancakes, bacon, and carrot.

Pancakes and bacon

Carrot
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i just made my first felt foods! it is as fun and easy as you all said! yay!



maybe your gramma used it for poodle skirts...anyways i made a felt popsicle (was going to do an ice cream cone but DS is allergic to dairy so he loves popsicles) and you could do that with hot pink....or you could do an ice cream cone....hot pink could also be icing on a donut although that's pretty similar to cookie/cupcake...

Thanks for the ideas! I have some cookies with pink icing, but ds would probably love an ice cream cone.

My nephew got some of my play food for his birthday today, and word is that he is enjoying it!
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After reading all about it in these play food threads, I made DD some stuff to go with her Plan Toys kitchen she got for Christmas.

So far I have made only a few things. Next I am going to try the pizza. I finally have enough colors, and the right color for mozzarella cheese!

Here are some pictures:
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I used wool sweaters I found at Goodwill (washed and dried on hot), stuffing was wool sweater scraps (like the cuffs), and I used the blanket stitch with some floss from JoAnns.

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^ The orange slices are my favorite. Lovely work.
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I'd love to switch to the recycled felt!! Any clue where to get it? I am emailing them now but I do not see a list of retailers.
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I'd love to switch to the recycled felt!! Any clue where to get it? I am emailing them now but I do not see a list of retailers.
This recycled felt? Here.

There's also a pattern for making cute felt baby shoes on the site.
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^ The orange slices are my favorite. Lovely work.
Thanks so much! I made some more this week: mushrooms, a cucumber slice, apple slices, pizza, watermelon slices, whole banana. Here are some more pictures:

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For the cucumber slice, I took 2 white circles and one green strip long enough to cover the outer edges. The green strip was as wide as the 2 pieces of white were thick. Then I just blanket stitched the circles together, with the green strip ending up inbetween the circles and the stitch. Its not actually stitched down. Man that is hard to explain.

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Man that is hard to explain.
It made sense, at least!

Cute!! I love the cucumber & mushrooms!!
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for me i dis-like plastic just because, it is pastic. if you can make only not, for those can, do and for those how can not, buy walmart. i take great pride in the toys my mother made me and still have all of them.
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I just stumbled upon this thread and my hands are literally twitchy with an urge to go buy some felt and make some of those adorable toys for my son....cousins...friends' kids!

But I have a few questions...I'm wondering what are your reasons for being anti-plastic? How do you wash these felt toys....wouldn't they get soaked with drool? (My ds is just 5 mo.) Why is wool felt better than the stuff you can buy at Wal-mart...acrylic?

Based on what I've read briefly here, it sounds like you have a great philosophy. Is there a link you can direct me to? I'd like to be educated! Thanks so much!
i have been watching this site for a while and learning a lot. i would read back there are some great tips that some of the other mommy's have found that will anwer alot of question.
about plactic vs. home made: those how can make, those how can not walmart.
i think also that felt can be washed just like clothes??? but not dryed
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All so cute!!! Wow!
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I just bought some of the ecospun recycled felt at Walmart for $3.77/yard. It's pretty nice actually. Not wool, but that's not always practical for things.
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Don't have time to read the thread right now but i've always wanted to do this so I'm :

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We have an all natural play food swap going right now in the swap boards. Come join us! Most of the stuff is made of wool, so far.

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We have an all natural play food swap going right now in the swap boards. Come join us! Most of the stuff is made of wool, so far.
Ummm...where are the swap boards?

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