How to Make Fruit & Vegetable-Shaped Toys Using Fabric

By Emily Brown King
Use felt to make fun play food.

Children constantly use their imaginations and love to pretend. Pretend play can teach children problem-solving and social skills as well as other important lessons. Both boys and girls love to play in a pretend kitchen, cooking up their favorite meals and desserts. Instead of spending a lot of money on plastic play food, make your own play food out of soft fabrics. All you need is some imagination and basic sewing skills to make play food that is safe for your little one.

Find a pattern. When you become more comfortable making felt food, then you design your own patterns. However, you should start with a pattern to avoid frustration. You can find free patterns or for-sale patterns on the Internet by doing a basic search.

Trace the pattern pieces on the corresponding colors of felt. Use sharp sewing scissors to cut out the shapes. Save any scrap material because you can use it for small details in future sewing projects. Lay the pieces out in front of you.

Sew the pattern pieces together. Don’t forget to leave an opening so you can stuff the toy.

Stuff your fabric food with fiberfill or wool stuffing. Close up the opening with a few stitches.

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Embroider details onto your work or draw the lines on with permanent marker.

About the Author

Emily King holds a dual Bachelor's degree in English writing and business, along with a minor in studio arts from the University of Pittsburgh. She has written for a printed monthly magazine, has experience in the financial and health care industries and has published numerous online articles.