Ignore Melissa and Doug box- it's just a photo prop.
The kids have been watching The Great British Bakeoff recently. My lovely friend sent me recordings of the first season and we have become instant fans, albeit several years late. Particularly Jenna, who loves all things baking, and watches the episodes over and over again and, before she watched the finale, took polls among family members on whether Ed, Miranda or Ruth should win. Then all three girls held their own bakeoffs at home with all our felt food. I got to be the judge and walk around their tables, looking imperious and commenting on their novel flavor combinations (green beans and strawberries, anyone?) and congratulating them on avoiding the fatal "soggy bottoms" in their pastries and cakes.
Our felt food is so loved that it has been played with to death in our home. All kids should have felt food, I think. And wooden food, too. Unfortunately, wooden food takes skill to assemble and paint. Felt food, on the other hand, can be made by anyone who can cut circles out of fabric. Including exhausted and jetlagged anyones. And so, now that I'm back home and needing a low-intensity sewing project to ease myself back under the presser foot, I made some felt confections for Kate's upcoming school fundraiser.
Very similar to the old ones I made for the Donut-Shop-On-The-Go, but with revised designs and some glass beads. These were packed in a bakery box,
all ready to go.
Next, some cookies.
With frosting removable or permanent.
I don't remember ever sharing my recipe, so here it is now:
Two felt circles, RS together, layered on batting. I used two layers of low-loft.
Obviously, if you are making permanent frosting like this:
you'll want to applique the frosting on the RS of one of those felt circles BEFORE sewing both felt circles together.
Sew all around through all the layers, leaving an opening.
Peel back the top layer and baste the bottom layer onto the batting, within its SA. This is just to hold the batting to the felt when hand-stitching the opening closed later.
Trim the batting.
Turn RS out.
Ladder-stitch the opening shut.
Make a lot.
Cut out frosting shapes from felt.
Iron fusible fleece on the underside to cover up all the knots and thread.
Make a lot.
Add a piping bag.
Cut a quadrant of a circle from white fabric. And a small quadrant of a circle from fusible interfacing.
Iron interfacing to the corner of the WS of the fabric.
Fold fabric in half, WS out, so the straight edges line up and the shape is an eighth of a circle. Sew the long edges together and serge/zigzag.
Knot a double-length of thread and sew basting stitches partway down from the opening, all around the cone.
Stuff with polyfill
and pull thread to gather the basting stitches into a tight neck. Wrap thread around neck a couple of times, poke your needle through the neck and then secure with a knot.
Combine cookies, frosting and piping bag. Invite children to give comments. Panic when children run off with cookies, deaf to mother's feeble cries of, "But they're not for you. They're for the fundraiser! Please don't get chocolate all over them. Did you wash your hands? Go wash your hands! Please wash your hands!"
If you want a short cut, you can buy printed cookies and layer them on felt and batting to get the same puffy effect.
See - so cute, right? And totally should've been done for Valentine's Day except when am I ever in time to observe any holiday?
Throw in another piping bag.
In fact, make multiple piping bags and let your kids hold their own cookie-decorating version of the Great British Bakeoff. They're going to run off with the rest of your felt food anyway.
Questions I anticipate:
Q Where did you get that heart cookie fabric?
A Random fabric store. I think it was Mill End Textiles. Saw while looking for lycra for Emily's swimsuit, thought of Jenna, and bought.
Q Where did you get that checkered tray that's holding the heart cookies?
A In Singapore. I think Daiso, but it was about 6 years ago.
Q Do you have a pattern for the round cookies?
A Barf. They're circles. Make your own pattern.
Q Do you have a pattern for the donuts?
A Barf again. They're circles (again). Concentric circles, to be precise. Make your own pattern. Alternatively, you can go to the donut-shop-on-the-go post that I linked to, and find the link to the tutorial I used.
Q Do you have a pattern for the piping bag?
A BARF! It's a quarter of a (again) circle!
Q Yes, but how big was the circle? And the cookie circles? Can you tell me to the nearest eighth of an inch?
A I'm logging off now.
All three confection sets are going to Kate's fundraiser tomorrow, not my shop. However, if anyone is interested in the heart cookies, let me know and I may make some sets for the shop at some point in the future. But not the doughnuts or frosting cookies - too much hand-stitching to be a viable project at the moment.