Felt Play Food - Bananas {And A Bit About Felt}

What about making some felt fruit today? Felt bananas to be used as play food, to be exact. They are crazy cute, and fun to make! And since felt is easier to sew with than fabrics, beginner sewing enthusiasts will love this too! 



Beginner sewing: how to sew felt bananas. Crazy cute and fun to make!


For the record, though you'll get your tutorial, this time it doesn't come from me. I didn't make one. Truth be told, you wouldn't benefit much even if I did. Why? There already exists a perfect one I cannot add much to. Come find out where I found it!




No need to say that I'm still crazy about felt. Last time, I got a few new suggestions about where to buy felt. I've tried out several new brands/qualities, and what better way than to do this by making more felt play food!

What about making some felt fruit today? Felt bananas to be used as play food, to be exact. They are crazy cute, and fun to make! And since felt is easier to sew with than fabrics, beginner sewing enthusiasts will love this too!


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*So far, I've made bananas, carrots, tomatoes and a bunch of other pretend food while checking out felt varieties. And off course I'm backlinking to each and every site from which I used the individual tutorials - because (1) that's only fair, and (2) I want you to find these fabulous tutorials too!


You can even check out all these links in my post on the 7 felt play food tutorials that were my favorites at the time. Some still are! And I'm about to make several of my own, too. I just prefer my email subscribers get the news first, so I'm not spilling the beans on that yet. (But you can subscribe here if you want to be among the first to find out about it ;)

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This time, I'd like to showcase felt bananas that I made using a terrific tutorial by Amy. Lights on, red carpet is ready, now- the feature!

So where is the tutorial?

I made these felt bananas using Amy's tutorial - it's one of my favorites and really easy to follow. Photos and step-by-step instructions and all! Now, head over to While Wearing Heels where Amy made this great felt banana tutorial. Thank you, Amy!


Now, to those who have not yet jumped through to the tutorial and have a bit of time to hear me out, here's a few tips on different felt materials that might be of use to you. Hope this helps!


What about making some felt fruit today? Felt bananas to be used as play food, to be exact. They are crazy cute, and fun to make! And since felt is easier to sew with than fabrics, beginner sewing enthusiasts will love this too!

What felt to use? 


How to choose the best materials for these felt cuties?

As for felt varieties, this post that I wrote on felt letters is what I still stand behind and recommend. There's even a visual presentation of various felt materials towards the end of post that will make things super easy for you.

However, it's a little different when sewing tiny details with felt, or long and narrow pieces (like these bananas, or carrots.). For those, you'll want to use soft felt since it is easier to work with.

But all in all, you'll se I've made bananas from two different felt materials: softer (smaller bananas) and stiffened (the bigger bananas with the topstitching).


Beginner sewing: how to sew felt bananas. Crazy cute and fun to make!


These bananas are all made out of craft (polyester) felt and these are good enough for toys that you expect to be thrown around a lot (and end up on the floor as often as these will have. But for presents, or baby toys, or anything you'd like to make more precious, I'd warmly recommend wool felt. It's better, though it's more expensive too (off course!).


Topstitching details YEY or NEY?

In the original tutorial, Amy added an embroidery stitch down the seams of each piece to give it a bit of dimension. Well, that I didn't manage to follow because the nap time of my baby was coming to an end and.. Well, you'll understand.

Which reminds me I can show you a photo and ask for a poll regarding the finishing touches on these felt beauties. Ready, steady, go!

What about making some felt fruit today? Felt bananas to be used as play food, to be exact. They are crazy cute, and fun to make! And since felt is easier to sew with than fabrics, beginner sewing enthusiasts will love this too!


What you see are two versions of felt bananas. On the left, I left the bananas without any additional touches. (These are made of soft felt.) On the right, I topstitched over the seams using my sewing machine. (These bananas are made out of stiffened felt. A bit more difficult to sew!) What do you think?

I prefer the left two bananas, but not only because they have no topstitches but more because they have a better form (also due to softer felt!)

Actually I'd say don't bother topstitching, it's better without... {But still, it's totally your decision how you make your felt fruit, off course!} What do you say?





What about making some felt fruit today? Felt bananas to be used as play food, to be exact. They are crazy cute, and fun to make! And since felt is easier to sew with than fabrics, beginner sewing enthusiasts will love this too!



Here, I probably need to note that I cheated a bit, too: I used beige fabric instead of brown felt for the stem to add to the difference in the feel (love that, and since I've got a lot of fabrics in this color I might continue doing so). And I didn't add the brown bits at the end of felt bananas (a time-saving gesture, and kids didn't notice!)

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And it's not all about details. Imagine the fun kids will have with pretend food! Try it out, honestly, your children will provide you with an excellent alibi, allowing you to play as much as you want! And bananas were easier to make than it looked like. Really, the most fun pieces to make! (Or maybe those felt pears? Cannot decide. Check out for yourself!)


Here's more play food, if you want to check out the 7 felt play food tutorials that were my favorites a while ago - some still are, and I hope to be adding new ones soon!

My favcorite 7 felt fruit and vegetables tutorials for beginners. Lots of fun!


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Happy crafting!

4 comments:

  1. When my daughters were younger they loved to play with felt food, what a shame I didn't have your tutorials then. The bananas look like real ones!

    Thanks for sharing with us at Sweet Inspiration, hope you have a lovely weekend!

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    1. Pili,

      I too wish I'd have these tutorials available when I was a teenager. I'd make tons of felt fruit, I'm sure about that :) Have a great day,

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  2. Kids just love felt play food, don't they, Damjana. Both sets of bananas look great, but I prefer the ones on the left without the topstitching.

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    1. I've featured your fab bananas today, Damjana.

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