That sounds delicious, doesn’t it??
I treated myself to a pair of pinking shears this week, and thought that some play food for the kids would be a great way to break them in.
- Rotary cutter, cutting mat, acrylic quilting ruler
- Pinking shears
- 3 – 9″ x 12″ pieces of brown felt
- 9″ x 12″ piece of off-white felt
- 9″ x 12″ piece of red felt
- 9″ x 12″ piece of green felt
- 9″ x 12″ piece of pink felt
- 9″ x 12″ piece of orange felt
I started with the bread – for each slice, you’ll need 2 – 4.5″ square pieces of off-white felt, and at least 18″ of 1″-wide brown felt (as you can see, I didn’t have one large piece, so I just sewed them together).
Sew the “crust” onto one side of the bread, pivoting at the corners. Overlap the beginning and end by an inch or so, just to keep the stuffing from falling out. Trim excess crust off.
Attach the 2nd off-white square likewise, making sure to line up the corners. Leave an opening for turning.
Turn right-side-out and ladder stitch to close! (For a great ladder stitch tutorial, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CjOXMuTFXo – that’s how I learned!)
Repeat for the 2nd piece of bread. I promise, the rest of the sandwich is easier!
For the insides of the sandwich, I went with meat, lettuce, tomato, and cheese. For the non-square pieces, find a pattern here: Sandwich Pattern
For the lettuce, cut 2 of the pattern pieces (use pinking shears for a ruffled effect), sew around the edges, then sew ribs in the middle. I did a straight stitch for the edge, but thought the ribs would be a good opportunity to use one of the 8241279 fancy stitches my machine does (OK, so that’s an exaggeration, but I’m always looking to try something new!). Be sure to test on a scrap piece of felt before you do it on your project!
For the tomato, cut a large and small circle (included in the pattern above). Then I used a zigzag stitch to attach the two, but if you’re more comfortable, you can use a straight stitch (I will say, practicing a zigzag on something like this is a good way to ease into applique if you’ve never done it). Use a straight stitch to add the insides of the tomato.
For the cheese, cut 2 – 4″ squares from orange felt, place them back to back, and straight stitch around the edges. Trim any uneven edges (felt is stretchy and often shifts while you work).
The meat is similar to the cheese: cut 2 – 4.25″ squares, and straight stitch them together. I rounded the edges to make it more lifelike, and again, trimmed after sewing.
For the bag, use 2 whole 9″ x 12″ sheets of brown felt. Cut one of the short ends with pinking shears, then put the sheets back to back and sew around the other 3 sides, backstitching at the beginning and end.
Cut a 1.5″ square out of each of the bottom (sewn shut) corners. Open them up, and pinch the seams together; sew.
And you’ll end up with a flat-bottomed bag!
To make it look more like a paper bag, you need to add “creases” to the felt. Pin a straight line up from the bottom of each of the 4 corners, and sew as close to the fold as possible. This will give your bag the appearance of folds. The two pictures are the same bag, just different lighting.
And there you have it! A felt play sandwich and paper bag to put it in!