Today’s post involves a little passion of mine: working with felt and then to produce this awesome DIY Felt Vegetable Garden. I enjoy sewing with felt because it’s really not that difficult and the results are cute play things that my children can enjoy. They are certain satisfactions to be derived from watching my kids treasure and play with the things handmade by myself much like seeing my kids savour the food that I cooked. Handmade toys also reminds me of the happy memories when my parents took the time to make toys for my siblings and I in our younger days.
Still, in the reality of the modern-day, it is hard enough for us mommies to set aside time for ourselves much less setting aside time to sew. That’s why I have tried to make in easier for you by providing templates and printables so that you can set up your own felt vegetable garden in the shortest time possible. The templates for ALL the felt vegetables shown in the picture are available for download at the end of this post.
It took me about 2 1/2 hours to sew two carrots, two radishes, two potatoes and one lettuce. How much time you ultimately need will depend on your speed and experience. If you use a sewing machine, you can speed up time tremendously as sewing is the most time-consuming part of the whole process.
Still, feel free to substitute the felt vegetables with other play vegetables. Ikea do carry some really awesome play vegetables too. You can still assemble this play garden set by using your own play vegetables or even flowers.
Craft Felt Basics
Craft felt usually refers to felt made from synthetic materials such as polyester, acrylic and combination of wool and synthetic fibres. These felt are not suitable for children’s clothing because they are not as comfortable as 100% wool felt. The greatest advantage of working with felt is that you do not need to finish off the edges. That is because felt would not fray at the edges since its fibres are bound together instead of woven like normal textiles.
If you are new to felt crafts, these vegetables are great way to start because they are very simple and relatively faster to make.
Materials and Tools for Felt Vegetables
You will need the following materials and tools:
- Craft felt (approximately 1mm thick) in orange (for the carrot), white (for radish), brown (for potatoes) and at least two shades of green (for the carrot, radish and lettuce).
- Poly-fil as stuffing for the felt toys. I usually took out these from my children’s old baby pillows and bolsters.
- Embroidery (cross-stitch) threads in matching colours and needle for sewing. Alternatively, you may also use sewing machine.
- Scissors, stapler and staples.
- Optional: craft glue to speed up works if you do not wish to sew everything.
Tutorial for Felt Carrot
Here I am going to show you a step-by-step tutorial for making a felt carrot and the same principles would apply for the radish and potatoes.
- First, download and print the felt templates at the end of this blog post.
- You can adjust the size on your printer settings to enlarge or reduce the printable to obtain the size you like. Bear in mind that the stuffing would reduce the overall size of the vegetable.
- Cut out the felt template for the carrot head with approximately 2-3mm offset from the border as per the picture below.
- Staple the template to two pieces of felt. Tip: If you are working with a very large piece of felt, it is easier to trim them down to smaller size before cutting the actual shape.
- Then, trim the paper template and felt pieces together along the carrot shape. After that, remove the staples carefully.
- Repeat Steps 3 to 5 for the carrot leaves using light and dark green felt.
- I glue two pieces of carrot leaves together to speed up works. You may opt to lightly sew over with some leave patterns for more durability.
- Place the orange pieces together to form the body. I like to use blanket stitch for the “homemade look” but you may opt for sewing machine or other type of stitches to your preference. For hand-sew, use double embroidery threads for best results.
- Remember to sew in the carrot leaves at the top and leave a small opening for the Poly-fil stuffing.
The method for making felt radish (daikon) is the same as the carrot but I rolled up the leaves instead.
The method for making felt potatoes are the same as the carrot but I sew tiny crosses all over to form little sprouts.
Download the felt templates from below. Then, follow the excellent tutorial from this website on how to sew the felt lettuce. The website is in French but the photos are pretty much self-explanatory.
Felt Vegetable Garden Template
You may download the free templates by clicking on the image below:
Do check out the Second Part of this Felt Vegetable Series here on how to assemble your own sensory vegetable play garden plus download the beautiful fencing and label printables to dress up your garden planter box.
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