Playing with your Needle Felted Food on Craftsy

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Needle felted Cheeseburger and Fries

Playing with your Food, is one of the needle felting projects that I’ve been working on for several months with the Craftsy website and it’s finally up and ready for registration! I’ve designed and wrote tutorials for needle felted foods, toys for children. The workshop contains step-by-step instructions and photos of how to make several different types of foods and deserts, things that I thought kids would identify with. The cool thing about this workshop is if a student has questions along the way, they can send me their questions and I’ll answer them and help them with their project.

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Needle felted Hamburger fixin's

I designed the projects at a beginner’s level and a needle felting basics section is also included. The basics of needle felting (the way I do it) are outlined and explained also with step-by-step photos and instructions.

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Needle felted Hotdog and Fries

As an imaginative toy for children, food is one of my favorites to sew and/or needle felt. Small children can use fruits and vegetables or their favorite foods to learn names, colors, shapes and counting. Older children can use the food you needle felt for them to “play market” or to “play restaurant.” With a little set-up help from an adult (providing paper bags, a basket, play plates, an apron, a pad of paper for taking restaurant orders, a table cloth or making a menu) playing market or restaurant can provide very creative situations for your children where their pretend games can also be a platform for them to learn social skills and math, using their needle felted food as tools.

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Needle Felted Desserts

Safety:  Please remember that not all needle felted foods, as natural and unbreakable as they are, are appropriate for children of all ages if they contain small pieces. If you have children that put things in their mouths and you make these needle felted foods, with a sewing needle and thread sew the small parts  onto the tart and cupcake or omit the small pieces (blue berries,  strawberries and cherry) completely.

Note: These needle felted items will be available on my Etsy site at the end of the summer:)

Sandwich or Needle felted Hanukkah Dreidel?

sandwich?

Hanukkah dreidels are usually made from clay, wood, plastic or metal; I decided to see how one would work made from wool.

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The needle felted sandwich dreidel is made up of many parts (tomato, lettuce, cheese, olive and 2 pieces of bread) balanced on top of each other and sewn together.

tomato, lettuce, cheese, bread (needle felted and felt)

The edges of the bread and tomatoes are covered with a strip with felt and sewn to the needle felted shape. The soft fluffy wool of the bread makes the slices feel and look real!

needle felted bread detail

A  low, flat shape shape spins the best (apple slice, sandwich, sufganiyot, egg). I cut a hole in the middle of these shapes and glued a piece of chop stick through the center for spinning.

Hanukkah apple slice dreidel (with real apple seeds), fried egg dreidel, jelly doughnut dreidel and sandwich dreidel

Now I’m hungry!