Welcome to my first ever Tutorial Tuesday!! Yaaaaaay! I used to have Turkey Tuesday… but now that we don’t live near the WTG anymore *sadness* I needed something else to fill the spot.
I decided since I don’t really make felt food for Etsy anymore (and I am trying to get rid of what stock I DO have…) I might as well just do a tutorials for free of the items I know how to make, as well as make items I haven’t tried before in order to spread the love of felt food and DIYing stuff. So here goes!
I used to make lots of felt food and felt (heh) that I was pretty good at it. Felt Banana’s were one of my absolute favorite things to make, because despite my allergy to Banana’s in real life… I absolutely love the smell, and taste of them. So Felt Banana’s were an easy love right off the bat, that and they came out so cute on my first go!
I designed a pattern in photoshop, printed it out, and voila! Felt Banana!
I’ve included step by step pictures to help you make your own felt banana’s for the enjoyment of you, your kids, or someone else’s kids. I’ll do apples next! Lots of these sorts of things are pretty easy once you see them done and have a template. ^_^
Now, this requires being able to or willing to hand sew. If you don’t want to sew by hand, then cut about 1/4 away from the lines of the patterns all around, so you can use your sewing machine. I will link to pages on how to do the stitches I talk about. ^_^
You will need:
- Off white Felt
- Yellow Felt
- White thread
- Needle or sewing machine
- Polyfil/fiber fluff
- Banana and Peel pattern -this link is my pattern you can use!~
Three pieces of off white for the inside of the peel and three yellow for the outside of the peel.
With the soft sides touching, sew around the edge of the Banana using a back stitch, which can be done more than one way, but this page explains how to do it fairly well.
If you cut out the banana bigger to use your sewing machine, just sew around the edge carefully using a straight stitch. Leave a sizable opening at the bottom as you’ll need to turn your banana right-side-out and stuff it shortly.
Turn the banana right-side-out so you may stuff it. Be careful, as this can be a little tricky if you didn’t leave yourself a good sized opening at the bottom. Don’t worry, I’ll link you to a video to show you how to close it up.
Stuff it full, now sadly for this tutorial banana I did not have the proper polyfil I wanted. I had the flat stuff that could be used in a blanket (I use for felt cakes, poptarts, etc!) so my banana is a little funky looking here. D:
After the banana is properly stuffed full, you’ll want to close off the end carefully using a whip stitch. Clicking that link will take you to a video that shows you how to do a whip stitch, it’s really easy! ^_^
Now for the peel parts! Whew and YAY!
Hold two pieces of yellow peel together and sew up along one side using your back stitch or sewing machine. Only go about half way to two-thirds of the way up, depending on how open you want your peel.
Please do not sew all the way up the side, you’ll end up with a closed banana and that’d be no fun! D:
Sew your third piece on to the side of the middle piece using the back stitch or your machine just like you sewed the first two pieces together. So that what you get looks like what you see at the side when it is laid out flat.
This is much faster with a sewing machine I will fully admit, but there is something somewhat soothing about just sitting and sewing by hand while listening/half watching tv that makes me still do it.
Err, well sorta half way there, not exactly. Half way done with the harder part for sure!
Now here’s something you don’t want to forget! You’ll have an opening at the bottom of your banana. Now you can sew this up however you want and it doesn’t matter too much anyway, since this will be turned right-side-out in just a second.
I just do a bit of a crisscross of stitches between the sides so that the bottom ends up looking like this. It doesn’t matter exactly how it looks, since it will be turned right-side-out in just a moment anyway, but you’ll want to make sure it’s sewn up however you want to do it.
Now, repeat the steps you did for your yellow peel with your off white peel. But you aren’t going to turn this one right-side-out, you’re just going to leave it inside-out. Since you’ll be slipping this part of the peel right inside the yellow part.
Make sure that the sewn edges line up, so that everything sits well.
You’ll then have something like this on the inside. See, you don’t see the sewing, but rather a smooth edge. Granted, I didn’t take a picture with it lined up properly, but you get the general idea. Very nice <3
Now you’ll want to blanket stitch the white and yellow peel pieces together around all the open ends.
A blanket stitch is a pretty, and easy stitch to use that is perfect for this part of the project. I wouldn’t recommend machine sewing here, unless you want to really… but I honestly prefer the blanket stitch on here and use it often for felt food.
I really hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial and found it helpful! Enjoy making your Banana’s!