Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Felt Food, Friends and Fun

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to get together with some fun ladies for a new adventure: craft night! Liz decided we would do some felt food, and I am glad she did, because now I am hooked. What an easy and rewarding little craft it is. You spend 25¢ per sheet on a myriad of colors at a craft store (and of course I did not go out and buy 50 sheets because I had to have every color!), get a needle and thread and you are set to go. The eggs, strawberry and orange above were only a nine hour investment (ok, ok, that is 4 hours of driving for me, an hour of gnoshing on some yummy potluck, and about 3 hours of Liz, Kameron and myself chattering away endlessly... sorry, Ariana, that you could not get a word in edgewise!) So, it was really only probably an hour of crafting- and probably half of that was me trying to summon my 8th grade self to figure out the geometry of an orange slice! (But it came out ok, right???)

It was so great that when I showed my little ladies the next day, they immediately asked me to show them how to make some- and I went to work researching on the internet... there are a TON of links out there, but here are a few...

Banana Tutorial
Doughnut Tutorial (this has a great printable template, which we used and it came out great!)
Or you can try this super-fancy doughnut tutorial- it looks like a lot of work.
Fried Eggs and Orange Slice Tutorial (like the ones I made- keep in mind that they use a sewing machine, but felt is so forgiving that you can easily sew everything by hand.)
Strawberry Tutorial (Not the way I made it, but cute.)
Pretty much the easiest felt food ever: ravioli. Start with this one if you are a beginner. You will feel accomplished when you can make 20 of them in half an hour!
And personal favorite that I can't wait to make: FELT SUSHI! How fun is that?
Sugar Cookies Tutorial: easy peasy.
Felt Carrot Tutorial
and, of course, felt pizza.
Try it... you'll be hooked.

Oh, wait, you didn't think you were getting away without photos of craft night, did you?

The lovely, Kameron, who was nice enough to host us:
Liz, working frantically:
Kameron, Ariana and Liz... see their super-fancy sewing machines? I totally need to upgrade mine!
And I stole a picture of me from Kameron so that you'd know I was really there!


  1. Ha! I never end up in any of my own pictures! I might have to snag one of yours to prove I was there! :o) I totally want to make that sushi now. Nate just started eating it and I think he'd get a kick out of using his "snips" (chopsticks) to play with them!

    I saw your tweet too about the making food to freeze. I totally want in if you guys do that! Maybe each person could bring enough to make 3 of their dish and we'd all end up with 3 dishes to freeze. Just a thought...I'll drive to NH!!

  2. What a fun night! None of my local friends are crafty. But even just an evening of hanging out with girlfriends would be a treat! I'm going to give some of those projects a try. My daughter would get a real kick out of them.

    Hey, we'd like to feature you next Tuesday at BlogTrotting! Can you have a post ready?

  3. What a fun playdate with girlfriends. The orange is picture perfect.

  4. Fun! Makes me wish I were craftier. These are great - will you be selling them?