Busy Bag Inspiration

I’m joining in on the Busy Bag Idea Swap Tour with some fun felt food patterns and a zippered plate pouch!

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There are three pages of food that can be combined in a ton of different ways!

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Sandwiches, salads, fries…

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Bacon cheeseburgers…

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Pizza and Caesar salad…. I think I had more fun coming up with combinations than John did!

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He loves the play food, but was not in a picture mood….

And when the kids are done playing, the food goes right into the “plate” to keep it all in one place!

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Let’s get started:

You’ll need

  • Various colors of felt
  • 1/2 yard of white fabric (something sturdy like canvas or denim is best)
  • A zipper at least 9″ long
  • Fabric glue
  • Freezer paper
  • Felt Food Pattern

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Start by cutting out the plate and zipper templates on the last two pages. Cut out one circle half first and tape it onto the other, then finish cutting out. Cut out the center of the zipper piece. Cut two plates and one zipper facing from the white canvas.

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This post was getting ridiculously long – the method for adding the zipper is exactly the same as making a zippered welt pocket, which I have a tutorial for here. The zipper facing acts as the first pocket piece – you can trace the cut-out rectangle instead of measuring your own – and you’ll do everything up to sewing on the back piece of the pocket. Center the zipper on one of the plates.

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Make sure the zipper is partially open and place the two plates, right side facing. Sew around the edge, using whatever seam allowance you prefer. Finish the edges if you want.

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Turn right side out through the zipper, press, and topstitch close to the edge if you want.

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Trace your desired food pieces onto the matte side of the freezer paper. It works best if you group foods that are going to be cut from the same color and be sure to label the shapes so you remember what they all are! For the shapes that have straight edges and are going to be cut from the same color, you can trace them so the edges are touching, like the fries in the picture below – this way you only have to cut those edges once.

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Iron the shiny side of the freezer paper onto the felt. Even on my hottest setting, I’ve never had the felt melt, but you may want to try it on an unused corner first to be on the safe side.

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And then cut. Forever. Seriously. I made the whole set in one day and my wrists were sooo sore after! If the freezer paper starts peeling off, you can just re-iron it back on and continue.

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For some of the pieces, you’ll need to re-assemble them after you cut them out. When you’re tracing, be sure to trace each piece separately and label them so you remember which color they need to be. Use the fabric glue to put them back together again.

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For the sesame seeds on the bun, I just cut tiny pieces of the white felt and glued them on. I sewed the white lines on the bacon, about 1/4″ from each edge.

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And you’re done!

This is the last day of the swap tour, so be sure to check out what all these other talented ladies have come up with!

Check out what they’ve made each day:

Monday – Felt with Love Designs & Swoodson Says

Tuesday- Muse of the Morning

Wednesday – Hugs are Fun

Thursday- Lulu & Celeste & Phat Quarters

Friday – Friends Stitched Together

11 comments

  1. Kelly J says:

    I’ve thought about making my toddler felt food, but always figured it would end up scattered around the house–great idea to keep in contained in the zip plate!

    • Amy and Tasha says:

      Hi Kimberly! If you scroll up to the section that says “Let’s get started” and click on the link for the “Felt Food Pattern” it should automatically download :) If it doesn’t work, please email me at pins.n.needles.2013 (at) gmail (dot) com and I’ll send it to you that way. I hope you and your littles have as much fun with it as we do! You might want to check out our Make Believe Oven as well – my boys play with it every day :) http://friendsstitchedtogether.com/the-chair-oven/

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