How to Make Felt Sliced Bread {+ Free Template}

Who's up for some cute little play food? Actually, for sliced French loaf bread made out of felt. I promise, it's totally easy, these bread slices can be made really fast and look how adorable they've turned out! It's time to play sew! Scroll down to the tutorial and a few practical tips on working with felt and on stuffing. 

And there's a free PDF felt bread template waiting for you!


How to sew cute felt slices of French loaf bread. Easy to make, really fast - and totally adorable! You also get tips on working with felt and on stuffing - and there's a free PDF felt bread template to make your sewing even quicker!


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When I was making felt food {Yes, this crazy mom has made an entire collection of play food for herself her kids!}, I wanted to make the kind of bread we regularly eat, and the toast form is just not so common where I live. :) So there was again room for some good old improvisation {Don't you just love new little projects like this one?}


How to sew cute felt slices of French loaf bread. Easy to make, really fast - and totally adorable! You also get tips on working with felt and on stuffing - and there's a felt bread template to make your sewing even quicker!


Actually, these French loaf slices turned out to be even easier to sew than those toast slices, and I love love love that! {No need for precision!}


How to sew cute felt slices of French loaf bread. Easy to make, really fast - and totally adorable! You also get tips on working with felt and on stuffing - and there's a felt bread template to make your sewing even quicker!


You can combine these bread slices with some other felt food, like sunny-side-up eggs, cheese, carrots, broccoli and tons of other felt food. Wouldn't this make a wonderful DIY present for a child? {A collection of my favorite free felt food tutorials is here!} But first things first, let's make some bread!


YOU'LL NEED


- 2 pieces of light brown or beige felt
- 1 strip of dark brown felt (I used an inch wide strip)
- matching thread
- sewing machine or a needle
- pins



BONUS HINT:

Don't repeat my mistake. Use the right thickness of felt: the darker felt you use for the crust part should be stiff, while the lighter color felt should be soft. It's easier to sew this way! For more felt tips, you can visit my post on felt play food or how-to make simple felt letters. It's important you use just the right type for your project. If you scroll down the post about felt, you'll find a simple explanation of what type of felt exactly you need for your project.


How to sew cute felt slices of French loaf bread. Easy to make, really fast - and totally adorable! You also get tips on working with felt and on stuffing - and there's a felt bread template to make your sewing even quicker!




Sliced French Loaf Bread

TUTORIAL



1) Get or make a template. You could also cut pieces without one, off course (and it can be fun!), but using a template might save you quite a lot of drafting, making the project waaay faster. Get the free template in my Craftsy store:


http://shrsl.com/?e6e3





How to sew cute felt slices of French loaf bread. Easy to make, really fast - and totally adorable! You also get tips on working with felt and on stuffing - and there's a felt bread template to make your sewing even quicker!


1) So after you've cut out the pieces, start by sewing the dark brown strip of felt around one of the bread pieces. All the way around. You've probably noticed I had to sew together two of them to make the 'crust' long enough. It's OK.

How to sew cute felt slices of French loaf bread. Easy to make, really fast - and totally adorable! You also get tips on working with felt and on stuffing - and there's a felt bread template to make your sewing even quicker!


2) When you get back to the start, let the ends overlap a bit. Even a quarter of an inch will do. Trim the excess strip.

How to sew cute felt slices of French loaf bread. Easy to make, really fast - and totally adorable! You also get tips on working with felt and on stuffing - and there's a felt bread template to make your sewing even quicker!



2) Then start sewing the dark strip to the other light brown piece of felt. This looks tricky at the start, but you'll manage. Start exactly where you started with the first piece:


How to sew cute felt slices of French loaf bread. Easy to make, really fast - and totally adorable! You also get tips on working with felt and on stuffing - and there's a felt bread template to make your sewing even quicker!



3) Then sew until you have 3-5 inches left, backstitch to secure. You are about to leave an opening for turning the bread.

How to sew cute felt slices of French loaf bread. Easy to make, really fast - and totally adorable! You also get tips on working with felt and on stuffing - and there's a felt bread template to make your sewing even quicker!



4) Turn right side out. Go slowly to avoid any seam ripping, right? (Don't ask...)

How to sew cute felt slices of French loaf bread. Easy to make, really fast - and totally adorable! You also get tips on working with felt and on stuffing - and there's a felt bread template to make your sewing even quicker!



5) Stuff it really modestly with a few scraps of soft fabrics (minky or whatever is at hand), but make sure you just add as much as is necessary to get a nice 'flat' piece. Not empty, but still quite flat. (Read on, this post covers several tips on which materials to use for stuffing - applicable only to felt bread!)

How to sew cute felt slices of French loaf bread. Easy to make, really fast - and totally adorable! You also get tips on working with felt and on stuffing - and there's a felt bread template to make your sewing even quicker!

6) Topstitch the opening closed. Done!


How to sew cute felt slices of French loaf bread. Easy to make, really fast - and totally adorable! You also get tips on working with felt and on stuffing - and there's a felt bread template to make your sewing even quicker!

 

You can sew the pieces together using a blanket stitch (oh that would turn out so lovely!), but I was running out of time (my baby's nap time was nearly up!) and I just used my sewing machine (again). It was made so quickly! So it's up to you: 

machine stitching = really quick!
blanket stitch = really cute!
Whatever you choose.
How to sew cute felt slices of French loaf bread. Easy to make, really fast - and totally adorable! You also get tips on working with felt and on stuffing - and there's a felt bread template to make your sewing even quicker!



And one more thing: there's no need for the crust to be sewn totally straight. I played with a minimal seam allowance, and then again with a wider one, hence so some of the slices are thicker and some are thinner. It will look like the chef has cut a bit uneven slices of bread when cutting them from a loaf. This happens more often than not, when cutting a real French loaf bread, right?


How to sew cute felt slices of French loaf bread. Easy to make, really fast - and totally adorable! You also get tips on working with felt and on stuffing - and there's a felt bread template to make your sewing even quicker!


BONUS TIP: WHICH STUFFING MATERIAL?

At my first attempt, I overstuffed the bread piece with soft toy stuffing, and it looked nothing like what I wanted.

So if this happens to you too, just remember:
  • No soft, fluffy stuffing, that's for a soft baby toy like this one. Use scraps of soft fabric instead. Think terry cloth, minky, or felt. These can be folded nicely and will stay put - nice and flat.
  • If it gets too bulky, take out half of the stuffing and check if it's ok.
How to sew cute felt slices of French loaf bread. Easy to make, really fast - and totally adorable! You also get tips on working with felt and on stuffing - and there's a felt bread template to make your sewing even quicker!




YOUR FREE PDF TEMPLATE


Yep, totally free - this is the free PDF pattern for felt sliced bread. Download it for free from Craftsy HERE.


http://shrsl.com/?e6e3




MORE BONUS HINTS:
Now, if you'd like to make your own template, I'd like to give you a few hints that should help you make your own size of felt sliced bread pieces:

  • When choosing the size of these felt bread slices, it's best to make it fit into what you've already got sewn. You'll want to make a sandwich now and then, won't you? So you'll need matching sizes (if you've already made some felt cheese or bacon slices for example!).
  • But if bread is your first felt item to sew, great! You're free to choose! 
  • Anyway, if you're making a toy for a child, you'll want to think of the size of a child's palm. You want to make it just the right size to fit into a child's hand.

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How to sew cute felt slices of French loaf bread. Easy to make, really fast - and totally adorable! You also get tips on working with felt and on stuffing - and there's a free PDF felt bread template to make your sewing even quicker!


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