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Handmade Holidays #4 ~ Fun with Felt

Only a few more days until we get to “officially” celebrate the birth of Christ, but why wait?   I love to pray over the people I’ll be gifting to, and, of course, for those I know and love who need a prayer. Ready for the last week of Handmade Holidays #4?  Let’s go! (You can find the links to the previous 3 weeks below)

Next to wood, my favorite sewing/stitching/crafting medium is felt, particularly wool felt. It’s so scrumptiously soft and is very forgiving.  My focus is mainly for children today (why not, I have 6 of them), with some simple ideas for the young at heart.

Handmade Holidays #4: Fun with Felt, Gift Ideas for Kids & Adults by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
One of my all-time favorite craft blogs is Ikatbag. Lorraine is a witty, creative, crafting, sewing nut much like myself. I have used her tutorials over the years to create, but her work has also stimulated me to come up with creations of my own.

BAKE IT

Need a cake to celebrate Christ’s birth?  How about a felt one?!

Handmade Holidays #4: Wool Felt Triple Layer Cake Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Triple-decker with a 6-slice chocolate layer and a 8-slice strawberry layer….yum!
Wool Felt Tripe Layer Cake by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com
 Dainty candles that make the celebration special.
Pretend Play Cake Made from Felt by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com
Super Fun Felt Layer Cake by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com
Need to change the occasion?  Just take off the frosting and embellish to suit the holiday.Decorate & Play with this Triple Layer Felt Cake by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

GARDEN

 For a healthier treat, how about a garden?
Handmade Holidays #4: Plantable Garden Vegetables & Fruits Pretend Play Set by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 You can use any veggie you like or flowers if you prefer.  We have cabbage, carrots, beets, beans, and strawberries…
Pretend Play Felt Garden by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com
Handmade Felt Garden Vegetables & Fruits Pretend Play Set by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Pickable Strawberries by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com …perfect for picking!
Handmade Wool Felt Pickaable Peas by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com
Pretend Play Plantable Garden Vegetables & Fruits Pretend Play Set by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Thanks to ikatbag, she’s got a tutorial all ready for you to create your own garden, including produce.  I just took it up a notch and made it bigger because we have several children who’d love to have a row of their own.
I used two cushions my mother had bought to reupholster her bench, but changed her mind and passed them on to me.  Some hot glue between the 2′ x 2′ square cushions, cut with a hacksaw, glue fabric on to the “rows” and cinch the ends with needle and thread.  I covered my cardboard with fabric, but you could leave it as is.

GO SHOPPING

Once you get your produce, you need a stand to sell it at right?  Again, thank you Lier, for the inspiration.
Handmade Holidays #4: Cardboard & Wool Felt Farmers Market & Sweet Shoppe Play Set by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
This vegetable stand used to be a Craisins display at my local supermarket. They were more than happy to give it to me, so don’t be shy and ask!
Wool Felt Farmers Market Vegetables & Fruit Play Set by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Also, plenty of choices to be had, including some homemade pasta.
Handmade Felt Pretend Play Pasta by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com
Handmade Market Tote Bags for Pretend Play by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
For the side shelf units, I took boxes that held spinach from Aldi, and wrapped them in wrapping paper. The shelves are cardboard hot-glued to the sides, and the pull-out drawers are the cardboard flats that canned beans come in (also from Aldi) wrapped in white contact paper.  I couldn’t believe they fit in the spinach boxes perfectly!!
Handmade Market & Sweet Shoppe Pretend Play | prodigalpieces.com

Seriously, I thrifted most of the cups and plasticware. The stand is made of cardboard covered in thrifted sheets, so outside of purchasing some wool felt off of Etsy, along with the synthetic felt – the cost was so minimal. All you need is a hot-glue gun and a utility knife.

What better than a sweet shoppe located right next to a produce stand?
Handmade Wood & Felt Pretend Play Set by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com
Pretend Play Food by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com
Pretend Play Felt Food by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com
 Don’t they look delish?  I wish I had a set like this as a kid.
Painted Wooden Wheels by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

FEEL THE BURN

After a day out shopping, who wouldn’t want to relax by a warm fire? Next part of Handmade Holidays #4.
Handmade Holidays #4 : Felt Campfire with Marshmallows Pretend Play Set by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Wooden dowel covered in a textured paint with a felt marshmallow roasting over a felt fire.  Perfect!
Felt Campfire with Marshmallows Play Set by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
No pattern for this one, just created my own, but I do believe there are patterns on Pinterest and Etsy.
Handmade Felt Play Set by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

BULLSEYE

For my little guy, this fun slingshot set made from scrap wood, rubber bands, a piece of an old leather purse.  More details on this set from this post here.
Handmade Holidays #4 : Wool Felt Balls with Wooden Toy Slingshot Pretend Play Set by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 I have done oodles of other felt projects, but the last I’ll mention are for the older (younger at heart) group.
My smartphone covers are perfect for most anyone – I wrote about them in this post.
Wool Felt Handmade Embroidered Cell Phone Cases by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Everyone could use a journal or notebook, and what could be better than one made from a felted wool sweater found at a thrift store?
Wool Felt Handmade Repurposed Sweater Embroidered Journal Cover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
The pattern for this journal is found in Warm Fuzzies – cute and easy wool projects.
Inside Wool Felt Handmade Repurposed Sweater Embroidered Journal Cover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Using the same sweater I used on the journal, I made the beaded cupcakes shown above in the sweet shoppe.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the Handmade Holidays series and are able to make some wonderful creations! In addition, please feel free to email me with questions. 
Merry Christmas!!!
Handmade Holidays #4 : Gift Ideas & Resources, Dolls by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com
Also, more Handmade Holidays #4 for you!
Get your Christmas DIY on with these fun wooden gift ideas from the Handmade Holidays gift ideas by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesCreate your own Handmade Holidays with these easy and natural Bath & Body gift ideas by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesGet your Christmas gifts done DIY style with these Handmade Holidays gift ideas using felt by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 

Comments

  1. LiEr says

    Larissa, I just found this post today and it made my day! What a treat to see your little girl enjoying her slice of felt cake. It brought back so many memories of when my kids were little(r) and adored their homemade play food. Such happy years. It was so much fun seeing all the felt and wooden food items you made from my tutorials. And the greengrocer stand! Yeah, cardboard! Thank you for the lovely trip down memory lane, and the shoutout!

    • Larissa says

      How fun is that?! I have admired your work for ages and your sense of humor. I read your blog before I started mine and you inspired me to give it a try. What a whirlwind I’ve been on since then! Thank you for your inspiration and support. Yes, these days fly by and I miss my free days with time to create for my littles. Thank you so much. 🙂

  2. Cindy says

    I can’t tell how the peas and strawberries stick to the plants. Is it velcro on the plant?

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