|My first sale: A set of felt food eggs, sunny side up!|
I love sewing felt food but I also have a love of sewing clothes & accessories for children & babies so late January I decided to open a second shop devoted entirely to felt food & Felt Food Kids (http://www.etsy.com/shop/FeltFoodKids) was born!
Jenny came up with the slogan for my shop: Where Fun Meets Felt & it is so fitting! I really do want my food to provide hours of fun for kids. As I add to my daughter's kitchen & pantry, I hope to add to other children's kitchens along the way.
Designing felt food is the hardest part. Once I've perfected my pattern, sewing items over & over may take patience and attention to detail but at least I'm past making prototype after prototype.
All my felt foods need to fit my requirements:
1. Quality & Durability: if it isn't going to last--why am I making it? Grace is an excellent tester of my prototypes. I try to use double layers of felt when possible because I want my felt food to last. I double stitch items or hand stitch certain features, too, for the same reason.
|Salsa & sour cream are double layered for better durability.|
2. Encourage Imaginary Play--HOURS of it: I want my food to inspire kids to play all day long. While some of Grace's creations may not appear that appetizing in real life, I love that she's a risk taker in her felt food filled kitchen! A lot of my food can also be used to play garden and I'm always amazed at the ideas Grace has for the food. For example, did you know a slice of bacon can also be a knife? lol!
|I add options like 2 jellies to foods to increase the fun & variety!|
3. Adorable & Representative: I want my creations to be cute as can be & to look like the foods they are supposed to be. Most foods are real life sized & all are adorable!
|Adorable green eggs & ham set!|
4. Affordable: There's a balance I'm walking when I create felt food. I try to include enough details that the item looks realistic but not so many details that I'd have to charge too much to cover the hours spent making it. Sometimes I have to remind myself I am creating toys not art! :)
|Apples with adorable leaf detail.|