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Felt Food: bacon and eggs

It's Craptacular Craft time again, the occasional craft tutorial extravaganza for which I originally intended to think of a better name but then didn't bother. I wrote these posts after making my daughter a metric ton of felt food for her play kitchen over two years ago, and believe it or not, she still loves the stuff. There's hope for the imaginations of America's youth, after all! Probably. Now get crafting!
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Here's another entry in the Felt Food series - bacon and eggs. No set of felt food is complete until the Little Chef in your life can add breakfast foods to their menu - and getting them ready for the play kitchen only takes a few minutes!

Felt food bacon and eggs tutorial by Robyn Welling @RobynHTV


What you'll need:
  • Craft felt: dark brown, light brown, white, yellow
  • Sewing machine, or needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Small amount of stuffing, such as cotton or polyfill

What to do:

Bacon
  1. For each strip of bacon, cut a strip of dark brown felt 6" x 1.5" and a strip of light brown felt 6" x 1".
  2. Stack the light brown strip on top of the dark brown, and stitch down the middle of them lengthwise, securing them together. I zig-zag stitched with white thread on my machine, but you could hand-sew and/or use any stitch you like. My daughter liked the zig-zag stitch because it made the piece a little bit stiff, like real bacon.
    • Tip: You could run a few loose basting stitches down the length of each piece before doing your final sewing. When you pull them tight or "gather" them, they'll make your strips wavy - like real bacon! Do your final stitching from step 2, which will hold the wavy shape in place, then remove your basting threads. Keep in mind that doing this will make your finished bacon strips a little shorter, so you might want to start with longer felt strips.

Egg
  1. For each egg cut a piece of white felt roughly in a kidney-bean shape or similar (see photo) - mine is about 5" long and 3" wide at the widest point (by the yolk). Each egg will also need a 2.5" diameter yellow circle for the yolk.
  2. Place the yellow circle at one end of the white shape, with at least some white showing on all sides.
  3. Top-stitch, by machine or hand, around the edge of the circle to secure it onto the white shape; when you get close to getting all the way around the circle, stop sewing and tuck a pinch of stuffing under the yolk circle to make it puff up a little. Then complete your top-stitching.
That's all! If you want a really "finished" look, you can cut one extra dark brown strip and a duplicate white shape, and sew them onto the back of the bacon and egg, respectively, to hide your stitching. This can be done with top-stitching, or a decorative stitch like the blanket stitch, all the way around the shapes. Have fun!


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