I have heard how people become addicted to making felt food for their kids. I’m afraid I understand why. It’s much more fun than I had expected! I actually bought everything for these felt cut out cookies over a year ago, but have put off making them for fear it would take days. I was able to whip them out in one evening and now I have the perfect present for my birthday girl. She can roll them out, then use the cookie cutter to cut them out and bake. She can even frost them herself. That’s the most fun part, it would be a shame to take it from her :).
I came up with a great way to conceal the stitches on the back of the frosting and even made up a label for the box to store everything in. If you have any little baker’s in your life you’d like to make a batch for, catch me after the jump for the full tutorial on how to make them!
Felt Cut Out Sugar Cookies With Frosting Tutorial
It all started with that little cookie cutter. I found it at an antique store last year and thought it would be perfect for felt cut out cookies. I have seen them in antique stores everywhere, but any cookie cutter would do the job. I was worried that the scalloped edges would be a bear to work with, but they were a cinch. I used a nice thick and strong felt for the dough, and a soft bamboo felt for the frosting, but any felt would work. Let’s get started!
- Felt for “dough” – I cut one large piece of feeling in half or you could use two smaller sheets
- Felt for “frosting” – I used three different colors
- Embroidery floss and needle – one color similar to the dough, and multiple colors for sprinkles
- Cookie cutter
- Marker – I used yellow to be similar to the color of the dough
- Batting and fusible batting
Optional: Rolling pin (you can buy those little ones at hobby lobby for $1), a box to store them in. I bought mine at Micheal’s for $1.79.
I cut my large piece of felt in half then placed one on top of the other. You need two layers of felt. Then trace the shape of the cookie cutter onto the felt where you want the cut-outs to be. I had room for six.
Cut out all the cookies with the felt still layered. I thought this would take forever, but it only took about twenty minutes. The felt sticks to itself so it doesn’t shift much. I just left it on a flat surface and used little scissors to pierce the felt, then cut around my shape.
Now take one cookie piece and lay it marker side up, then lay a piece of batting cut out to be a little smaller than the cookie on top, then add another cookie piece on top with the marker side down.
Thread the needle with the floss (I used three threads of floss) that matches the dough and then tie a knot at the end. Take the needle through the inside edge of a cookie piece like shown, this will ensure you can conceal the knot.
Now take the needle back up through the top, then through all the layers to make a whip stitch. Continue all around the cookie right along the edge.
When you reach the first stitch, you can just tie a double knot there, or make an interior knot like you did to begin with. Repeat on the rest of the cookies. I promise, it goes pretty quick 🙂
Next, the frosting. Just trace the cookie cutter shape onto the felt and then cut on the inside of line like shown. That way you can see the cookie once it’s frosted, it’s all in the details!
Now just sew on some little sprinkles. Make sure that you tie a knot at the end of your floss, starting and ending near the center. This will make securing the knots easy. I used the full thread of floss for my sprinkles. Keep your stitches loose so the felt doesn’t pucker.
Now, you see that mess? Let’s cover it up. You don’t want to skip this step, floss tends to untie itself ;).
Just cut a little circle from the fusible backing to cover the back. Iron it until the batting is secure. It may seem bulky, but after you iron it on…
it will be nice and flat.
Plus it will still “stick” to the felt. See how cute?! Now try not to play with them :).
Now all that is left to do is stitch around the cutout dough. I just did a whip stitch around the cookie part, with interior knots. When I was finished with that, my outside edges where not quite straight, so I cut them to square them off, they sewed a zigzag stitch with my sewing machine around the outside. If you don’t have a sewing machine, just sew a running stitch around the outside.
Now make like your four again and play bakery!
I have seen that half the fun with felt food is the packaging. I decided on a simple white box. Then printed it off and glued to the top of the box.
Everything fits just right inside which was a happy surprise. Now let’s see if I can make sure that is where it is all put-away! The odds are better if it has its own box, right?
I plan on making a little apron and oven mitts to finish off her gift and will make a tutorial up for those too.
I hope this little project makes it’s way onto your handmade gift list this year, it really was a lot easier than I thought it would be. Quite relaxing actually, I forget how much I like hand work.
Now, don’t be surprised if you see more felt food pop up around here, I think I just got the bug. I found an entire gallery of Felt Food Tutorials on The Crafty Crow that should keep me entertained 🙂