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Fake Felt Snacks

I hope you're still hungry, because after last week's felt chocolate chip cookies, this installment of Craptacular Crafts is all about snacks. Fake snacks. Felt snacks. Fake felt snacks that I wish I could eat.
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I've had these chips served to me at least a zillion times, as a side dish with a sandwich in Zoe's "restaurant," or as part of the sack lunches she makes for me to eat when we play school so she can write down how many demerits I've racked up for eating chips in class. The popcorn is cute and quick to make, too; I've always thought it would look great as part of the decorative packaging in a "movie night" gift basket with a DVD or movie theater tickets, a theory I'll be sure to test out if I ever make any friends and feel compelled to give them a gift for some reason.



What you'll need:
  • Craft felt: yellow for the chips (2 sheets), white or off-white for the popcorn (1 sheet), and two colors for the bag and lettering (I used 1 sheet of light blue and scraps of red)
  • thin, clear plastic if you want your chip bag to have a window (I used a page protector from a three-ring binder)
  • Small amount of stuffing for the popcorn (I just used scraps of the off-white felt)
  • white or off-white thread, embroidery floss to match the lettering on your bag, needle
  • sewing machine (optional)

What to do:


Chips
  1. Layer the two sheets of yellow felt on top of each other. Cut out as many ovals as you want - one matching set of two ovals for each chip. You can make them whatever size suits your needs; mine are about 2" long by 1.25" wide, but the sizes and shapes vary, just like real chips.
  2. Zig-zag stitch back and forth 3-4 times across the surface of each chip, securing the two ovals together. You can also hand stitch, and/or use a decorative stitch around the edges of each one.
    • Tip: Before sewing, you can sandwich a piece of your thin plastic between the pieces of felt. Make sure it's a little smaller than your yellow pieces so it doesn't show on the edges. This will give your finished chips a "crinkle" sound, catapulting your chips into a new level of awesome.

Chip Bag
  1. Cut a rectangle of felt (here, I used blue) that's 5.5" x 12". This will be folded in half to create a 5.5" x 6" bag, but you can use whatever dimensions suit your project (this makes closer to a snack-sized bag of chips).
  2. Yes, I strive to provide the
    crappiest photos possible.
    On the half of the rectangle that will be the front of the bag, cut an opening for the window (see photo). I made a triangle with rounded corners, but you could cut any shape.
  3. Cut a piece of thin, clear plastic that's the same shape as your window opening but larger - you should leave yourself about a 1/2" seam allowance. Layer the two pieces and top stitch around the edge of the opening to hold the plastic in place.
  4. Cut the word "chips" out of a contrasting color of felt (I used red). I cut mine freehand, but you could use a template or purchase iron-on decals. Using matching embroidery floss, sew the letters above your window on the outside of the bag.
  5. Fold the rectangle of felt in half, so that the folded edge is the bottom of the bag. Machine (or hand) stitch each side of the bag closed. You can do this with your lettering to the inside, so that when you turn the bag right-side-out your seam allowance is hidden inside the bag, or (as I did) simply top stitch along the edges. It's easier, and I think it looks more like the crimped edges of a real chip bag.
    • Tip: you can add Velcro along the top edge if you want to be able to seal and reopen the bag.

Popcorn
  1. Cut wavy-edged circles from the white/off-white felt, approximately 1.5" in diameter.
  2. Using white thread, sew a basting stitch in a circle in the middle of each piece of felt, leaving the ends loose (see photo).
  3. Put a small amount of stuffing in the center of your piece and pull the basting threads tight - the stuffing should get closed up in the pocket created by your basting stitches. Tie the threads off and snip the excess thread.
    • Tip: For extra realism, highlight a few spots on each kernel with yellow ink or chalk to mimic butter.

There you have it - some quick and incredibly cute snacks that will provide hours of entertainment for any little food lover!

I know, it's not as good as REAL food, but the low salt content will result in less water retention. Less water retention = sexier cankles. You're welcome. You can thank me by clicking that TMB banner down there.
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11 comments:

  1. I'm not even going to pretend these aren't the most adorable damn things I've ever seen. Makes me want to get out the glue gun and attack some felt.

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    1. Attacking felt is really the only way to beat it into submission. P.S. That cankle reference was for you. P.P.S. For anyone who might be reading this, that's not as mean as it sounds.

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  2. These are so clever it ALMOST makes me wish I had little kids again!!

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    1. You've done your time, fishducky! These are the years for real chips. And no sharing. You're living the dream!

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  3. Oh happy day! You are a talented crafter!
    It’s rainy here, the family is watching a Fringe dvd marathon and the crockpot is bubbling!
    Hope this finds you having an awesome day too!
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    Ciao ciao!
    Sincerely,
    Cherelynn
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  4. I have been trying to sexify my cankles for years. I never even considered felt snacks! I can't wait to pin this on my "Operation Smoking Hot Body" Pinterest board.

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    1. For a long time, I tried to sexify mine with fishnet socks and XXL anklets, but I've found these work much better. Also, OHMYGOD I have to go start an "Operation Smoking Hot Body" Pinterest board right this very second!

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  5. I'll be *starting* your operation really hot bod.

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  6. This is so stinkin cute! Maybe I will crack open my brand new sewing machine that my super sweet hubby got me 8 years ago and is still unopened. (not likely - it and the giant food processor are neck and neck for which has been in my home in a sealed box the longest, who am I to ruin that friendly competition?)
    New goal: use the word cankles more often, I don't know why I forget about it, it's such a lovely word! LOL!
    <3 Devan

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    1. I hate to disrupt such a long-standing rivalry between domestic tools - better hand sew them (haha). And yes, cankles is one of those words that's much lovelier as a word than the real deal actually is! :)

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