Monday, June 5, 2017

How to make felt pizza

All kids love pizza. Let's make one from felt. It will be an educational toy for them. Using this felt pizza you can do many activities:
1. count the slices
2. place them on the felt board (motor skills)
3. talk about healthy food and healthy pizza
4. talk about what kind of pizza you prefer - vote for one
5. invent a silly story about a giant pizza or a strange one

You need: green felt for board - A5 size, light brown felt for slices, red felt for the ketchup, salami and the pepper, a small piece of yellow felt for cheese and a small white one for the mushroom, a small light green felt for the pepper stem, stuffing, assorted thread, Velcro.

How to make: 
Download and print the pattern How to make felt pizza JPG format or How to make felt pizza PDF pattern . I put here the jpg and the PDF format too because you can not modify the PDF format, but you can enlarge the jpg format if you want a bigger pizza. 

Cut all the pieces: 2 pieces for every slice, the ketchup, the salami, the mushroom, the cheese, the pepper.
Sew the Velcro on the back of one part of the pizza. Sew the ketchup and the salami.  

Your pizza will look like this. Now, you have to sew the slices together. 

Fix the both part of each slice with a pin and sew them together using blanket stitches. Start sewing from the top, from the left corner.

After you have sewed two parts, stuff it lightly to be puffy. A puffy pizza! Continue to sew until the end.

Your slices are done. 
Sew the pepper, the cheese and the mushroom on the felt board. 

Completely done. Delicious puffy pizza. 

This felt board is a page from my 10 pages quiet book. You can see it or buy it in My Etsy Shop

Have fun sewing.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

How to make felt fish for counting

Help your kids to count and to recognize the colors with some colorful fish. You can make a quiet book page with them or a felt board and you can put as many as you want. This will be a fun way to learn something. The kids learn easily if they can touch the object and move them, if they can feel the textures and play with something real. 

You need: colorful felt for fish (the colors you want), ribbon, Velcro, a light blue felt - size A5, green felt for the weeds and dark blue felt for the wave, black thread for eyes, assorted thread for the other items, stuffing.

How to make: Download and print the pattern Fish pattern JPG format or Fish pattern PDF format. I put here the jpg and the PDF format too because you can not modify the PDF format, but you can enlarge the jpg format.

Cut the fish - 2 pieces for every fish. I make 5 fish with blue, yellow, orange, purple and pink, but if you want what color you want. Sew a little piece of Velcro on the back. 

Using a black thread, sew an eye - make a french knot for the eye.

Prepare the ribbon - make 2 knots at the ends, burn it a little to prevent unweaving. The ribbon could be 15 cm.

Sew the both parts of the fish using blanket stitch.

Stuff lightly.

Place one end of the ribbon inside the fish and sew the fish and the ribbon together. 

Do the same for the others.

The weeds - Cut some green felt for them - free form.

Sew them on the blue felt board.

Sew the ends of the ribbon on the felt board, together as a bouquet.

Place the wave (could be a stone if you want ) to hide the ends and sew it going around.

Your felt board is done. With five fish or more.

For a neat aspect, sew the felt board all around, using blanket stitches.

This felt board is a page from my 10 pages quiet book and you can see and buy it in My Etsy Shop


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