How to… make Felt “Strawberries & Cream” & Gingerbread Men!

With the Wimbledon Tennis on at the moment, you may want to indulge in some “Strawberries & Cream”, or if that isn’t quite your thing, why not take a chomp out of this Gingerbread man – after Sunday’s World Cup performance, maybe the “England” shirt needs to come of very quickly – why not replace it with a Stars & Stripe one in type for 4th July?!

The lovely Aly from Life’s Laundry shows us how (hop over to see how to make felt cream!). If you like what you see, do go for other craftiness – e.g. she has a great door stop owl or just visit for a great read!

Scroll down to the bottom to see my, erm, attempt. I didn’t actually have any felt in the house….. Recycle away! Now to Aly!

Hi!

I’m Aly from LIFE’S LAUNDRY.Maggy approached me to ask if I would fancy doing a guest post tutorial on felt food for Wimbledon and the World cup.I designed a gingerbread man myself.The strawberries are a smaller version of the large one I did for Get Crafty May 2010.

Strawberries & Cream

You will need:

  • Red, green and white felt.
  •  3 or 4 circle templates (an egg cup, a mug or a pair of compasses and pencil, anything with a circle).
  • Red and yellow thread.
  • Fibre fil (or felt off cuts if you want to cut down cost and waste).
  • Pins.
  • A sharp needle.

Optional:

  • Buttons.
  • Beads.

1. Cut out as many circles of different shapes as you want.Each circle makes 2 strawberries.Cut the circles in half to make a semi circle.

2.Take a semi-circle and fold in half.Sew along the straight edge using red thread.

3.Repeat with the others.Then turn inside out.

4. Using yellow thread, sew little lines intermittently to represent the seeds.You could use beads, remember not to give the strawberry to a child under 3.

5. Sew a running stitch a little way in around the circle edge.Make sure the knot from the thread is the inside.Repeat with others.

6. Now gently pull the thread until it starts to gather.Stuff with fibre fill/ cloth.Repeat with others.

7. Pull the thread tightly and over sew around the edge.Repeat with others.

8. Now cut out a rough star shape from the green felt to make the leaf on top.Sew on using a large cross.Over sew underneath the leaf to keep it neat.

Repeat until you have done all the strawberries. Click here for how to make felt cream.

Gingerbread man mascot

You will need:

  • Mid-brown felt.
  • White felt.
  • Red felt.
  • Brown thread.
  • Red thread.
  • White thread.
  • Buttons or beads for eyes.
  • Pins.
  • A sharp needle.
  • A pen.

1. Using a gingerbread man cutter as a template, cut two bodies out of brown felt.

2. I hand drew the shirt on to tracing paper first using the gingerbread man template underneath to judge how long to have the sleeves and the T-shirt length.I cut out a front and a back, drawing a yoke on the front shirt and a rounded neck on the back shirt.The cross I drew free hand, tidying up with a ruler. 

3. Pin the two body shapes together.Sew all around, except the head using brown thread with a blanket stitch.Draw on where you want the eyes and mouth to be.I stitched the mouth and used buttons fro the eyes.You could use beads if use wish or felt.Lightly stuff the gingerbread man with fibre fill or material off cuts.I used a chop stick to push the stuffing into the arms and legs.Blanket stitch (see drawing) around the head. 

4. Now to make the England T-shirt.Pin on the cross.Using red thread neatly sew a back stitch around the cross. 

5. Now pin the back on top of the front, so the cross is sandwich in between the two body shapes.Neatly sew around using a running stitch with white thread.Do not sew the neck,body and arm openings. 

6. Turn the T-shirt back the right way.Now put it on your gingerbread man mascot. 

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial, and I hope have fun making your own. 

Aly of  

LIFE’S LAUNDRY.

I really do hope that these inspire you to have a go, it is so much fun and so simple. As always, I try (!) to have a go at my Guest Post’s crafts. I didn’t have any felt, so I, erm decided to recycle an old pair of Red Ted’s jogging bottoms (already with holes and splattered in paint). It actually came out quite well (after I decided to sew on the eyes, as buttons made our gingerbread man look like a voodoo doll!). Interestingly, Red Ted LOVED watching, “had a go himself” (I vigilantly watched over him as he “played” with the needle) and ADORED the final product – but I believe only because he watched it being made… Oh and I filled mine with old carrier bags (2.5 to be exact!).  I love it when you combine recycling with craft.

 Ok… and then my felt arrived! So I had a quick go at the strawberry too. My only comment is, that I used a glass as a measure, out comes a lovely strawberry, but a little small for Pip Squeak, so will prob try something bigger next! I do LOVE how tactile mine turned out, I used embroidery thread for the seeds and it feels lovely!!

Now go and Get Crafty!

Previous How Tos:

How to make a No Sew Tea Towel Kid’s Apron

Easy & effective Fish Pinata

Simple but effective paper frames (vlog) 

– How to make a Flower Pom Pom (guest post) – simply gorgeous – use as wedding decor! 

How to make a Paper Envelope  

How to make a No Sew Bib (out of an old shirt)  

How to make a Fabric Mâché Bowl (from old scraps of fabric!)  

How to make a Paper Flower (from newspapers)  (guest post)  

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28 responses to this post.

  1. OMG-how does anyone ever have any patience for that? I guess if I was good at sewing I would think differently though.

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    • Posted by Red Ted Art on July 2, 2010 at 7:11 am

      I bet you are better than you think!!!! Give it a go… I am sure you want to (kind of secretly…) x

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  2. They look fab!!

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  3. Never made felt food, but I feel the need to try!

    Thanks.

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  4. How adorable! I love the strawberry seeds. I wonder if I’d have the patience to stitch them all in. 🙂

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  5. These turned out soooo cute. Great job.

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  6. I LOVE the St. George’s Cross Tee! The strawberries are cute too. Thanks for the tutorials!

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    • Posted by Red Ted Art on July 3, 2010 at 6:12 pm

      Oh the Tee really is the icing on the cake!!! Go an check out the fab little dollops of cream too!

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  7. Those are so cute – I need to go make a whole team of gingerbread players!

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  8. I am going to make a whole bowl of strawberries today. LOVE these! Off to see the cream recipe too. Thanks for linking up to Finished for Friday!

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  9. You have such wonderful ideas! I love the strawberries. Thanks for the great tutorial. I’m visiting with MMM, hope you visit me too.

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  10. Those strawberries are so fun!

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  11. Oh how sweet! Wouldn’t they look darling in a little bowl in the kitchen! Thanks for the great tutorial. 🙂

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  12. They turned out cute!! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch’s “Sew Cute Tuesday”!

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    • Posted by Red Ted Art on July 6, 2010 at 6:27 pm

      been wanting to take part for sooooo long, but most of my crafts are “no sew” 😉

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  13. WOW, you even did the seeds. Perfect!

    I love for you to stop by and link up to Socialize with me Monday til Sunday. Going on now! 🙂

    http://simpsonizedcraftsandthensome.blogspot.com/2010/07/socialize-with-me-monday-til-sunday.html

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  14. I think felt food is so FUN! Yours are CUTE! Thanks for joining us for Anything Related #14! ~Bridgette

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    • Posted by Red Ted Art on July 7, 2010 at 6:01 pm

      I can’t wait to present the “lot” to Red Ted at Xmas. Currently working some donuts!

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  15. wowwww those strawberries look delicious!! yum yum yum! your felting is very cute and clever! im in awe!

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    • Posted by Red Ted Art on July 8, 2010 at 9:01 am

      Yes, I am totally addicted to making strawberries now! Love the “texture” of the seeds 🙂

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  16. Super cute!! If you could please link back to TILT so everyone knows how to find us. Also I added a giveaway!!

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  17. That is so cute! I Your patience to make all these things amazes me! Great job and thanks for linkin to It’s Stinkin Cute Craft Thursday!

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