Thursday, April 22, 2010

calling all felt foodies: felt "frozen" treats

I've decided that I love felt . . . not like I love my kids, but felt comes in fun colors, it's easy to work with, and it's possibilities seem endless when it comes to making fake food.  The other great thing about felt is that is doesn't whine, complain or pout when you say "no".  (It was one of those nights at our house.)  

 
I feel like I don't have much to show for three weeks of felt food crafting, but I blame that on the bread.  Oh bread . . . how you almost beat me!  But I persevered.  And while it took me a while to get the hang of those silly slices of bread, tonight I managed to make these sweet treats . . . two frozen fruit popsicles, complete with actual popsicle sticks.  Hopefully, my girls think they are just as delicious looking when they open them next Christmas in the dead of winter.  Hmmm . . . maybe I should have made felt hot chocolate instead!

 
If you are a felt foodie, these are so easy to make that you can definitely figure it out for yourself, but here's my process:

 
1) Grab the following stuff
  • 2 felt pieces in preferred popsicle size - We usually eat Edy's Fruit Bars with giant-sized chunks of fruit in every bar . . . delicious!  So, I took one out of the freezer and traced it for the perfect shape. 
  • long strip of felt about 1/2 inch wide in same color long enough to fit around perimeter of the popsicle pieces plus an extra inch
  • embroidery thread in similar or contrasting color
  • quilt batting - 4 layers cut in similar shape and size of felt popsicle pieces 
  • craft clue
  • popsicle stick
 
2) Using embroidery thread, sew the long strip all the way around one of the popsicle pieces.  Make sure you leave a tale of the felt strip at the beginning and the end because you will need to sew the two together.  I used the blanket stitch . . . frankly, because I used this stitch on the bread and I think it's all my hand knows how to do at this point.  When the end of the long strip meets up with the beginning, fold ends up into body of popsicle and sew these two ends together.

 
 
3) Snip a very tiny slit in the bottom of the long strip about right where a popsicle stick would be on a real popsicle. 

 
4) Put craft glue on both sides of the top third of popsicle stick.  Sandwich the stick between batting with two layers of batting on top of stick and two on bottom.

 
5) Gently wiggle popsicle stick through tiny slit.  The slit should be small enough that the stick doesn't slid in too easily.  The bottom two-thirds of stick will jut out of the bottom, and the batting should fit into the felt popsicle piece.  

 
6) Sew second popsicle shape to the 1/2 inch strip using the blanket stitch.  Adding this final piece will cover up the batting.
 

 
Just try to resist licking this tasty-looking frozen treat and . . .

 
craft on!

18 comments:

Polly said...

Great job with these!

cate said...

they look good enough to eat! great job!

elizabeth @ twelvecrafts said...

Thanks for your encouraging words gals!

Sheri@childmade.com said...

Yummy! Thanks for posting a shared link! I've moved it to the front page.

Katy David said...

It occurred to me that these would make a cute boo-boo ice pack if you could sew a pocket on one side to accommodate a small cold pack. But they are sufficiently cute on their own, too!

elizabeth @ twelvecrafts said...

Thanks Sheri for the front page spot! Your site childmade.com rocks.

Katy - Good idea. I will have to put some thought into that. I'm thinking that the "frozen" treat would have to be made out of something different than quilt batting and felt though. I wonder if it would work to make the frozen treat out of oilcloth?

casserole said...

That is so cute!! And they don't melt like the actual frozen versions...

I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-felt-popsicle/2010/05/23/
--Anne

KJ said...

Visiting via Craft Gossip. This is a great tutorial. Love the flavours you chose!

MJ said...

well done, these are so cute!! its a shame adults cant have felt food LOL

Misty said...

Cute!!

Janna said...

Oh for the day when we could "play house". I would have loved to have these.

Shop Without Money Sisters said...

These are adorable! Love them!

The Activity Mom said...

So cool! All of your felt food is amazing. Clicking over to look a the bread post next...=)

janimal said...

They look terrific and I love you took their pic in the freezer! I have been making felt food for my little girl and these would make a lovely addition. Thanks for the terrific idea.

Marla said...

Love this!! i have just recently started making some felt food for my daughter. I will add this to my "to make" list! Thank you for sharing your ideas!

Heather said...

These are really cute I featured them check it out and grab a button!!!
http://soverycreative.blogspot.com/2010/07/felt-popsicle.html

Jill said...

If you have a sec to reply about your felt popsicles, I have polyfil not quilt batting, so I can't glue the stick in between the layers. Would it be better to sew it all together first and then slit a hole in the fabric and pushed the glued stick in? Or another option? Thanks.

jill dot shoemaker at gmail dot com

Heidi@OneCreativeMommy.com said...

Thanks for this fantastic tutorial! I'd love for you to link this (and any other felt projects you'd like to share) up at my Felt Food Roundup on OneCreativeMommy.com. I hope to see you there!

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