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Felt play food

If only my real-life fried eggs turned out like that…

It started with eggs. My son is obsessed with scrambling the eggs we have each Sunday for breakfast. He likes to sit up on the counter right beside the stove and use the spatula to mix and scrape. I think he thinks Sunday breakfast is pretty awesome. And tasty. So I found a tutorial from Wee Folk Art for two sweet little felt fried eggs and it seemed like an achievable little project. And I was right! I even won the crafty inspiration lottery in that I already had all the things.

I didn’t print off the pattern, but instead just eyeballed something egg-ish shaped, which ended up fine.

My freehand blob shapes worked out alright. Rather eggy.

Then the eggs looked lonely. And the second half of that egg tutorial? Yup, a felt bacon tutorial. Had to go for it. I love how these ones use hidden pipe cleaners to achieve authentic bacon crinkles. Genius.

These bacon strips and “fat” strips were also more or less eyeballed. How hard can it be to cut bacon-sized rectangles and some squiggly bits? Not hard.

Bacon!

And then? Then I wanted to make a whole box of play/felt food. I am both blessed and cursed to work for a child development centre that is pretty well stocked with an amazing selection of toys, which means I have all this inspiration that turns into big dreams for what I could make or put together for home. Dress up boxes, kitchen/food boxes, music boxes, sensory boxes (okay, I did that one), craft boxes, nature boxes… my imagination has gotten a bit carried away, really. I do not have the space for several huge bins of toys on various themes. My 2-bedroom condo does not need to resemble a well-stocked child development centre to meet my one kid’s needs.

…But I could at least round out the play food collection with some fruit. Make it a proper breakfast and all.

Strawberries!

So I made some strawberries! For these I mooshed together two tutorials I found. One was from While She Naps, which helped me do the main red part, and the other was from While Wearing Heels, which gave me the idea for the subtle ‘seeds’ done with thread. Only difference is I used black thread and didn’t make them as sticky-outy. Then I freestyled the green leafy stems and tacked them on.

I told him to smile; this is what I got.

Anyway, this is as far as I got with my MAKE ALL THE THINGS endeavour. I love the look of hand-sewn felt food. I just need to pin down what else my son would like to play with next. And it has to be doable. Garlic? Delicious breakfast staple that it is…

He actually played with it. Win.

Toddler action shots are always blurry. Because of all the action. Action breakfast!

(Never again to be this lacking in cat hair. Treasure it.)

So there’s the little breakfast plate I’ve made so far. What else would you make next? Bonus points if it’s an easy one. I’m trying to go for foods that my son is familiar with and would eat. Lettuce looks easy but leafy greens aren’t exactly his favourite food (he will very carefully pick them off any other food they might be touching, hand them to me with a disgusted look on his face and simply say “THIS.” as in, get this filth off my food stat!), so I imagine he might not know what to do with lettuce.

What should I make, guys?