Welcome to another post in the DIY Play Food Series. I have lots and lots of play food ideas to share, but it takes me a while to round them up and get them ready.
Today I bring you a Pan of Pasta. Felt pasta, of course.
Felt pasta is one of the easiest play foods to make, and also one the kids can easily relate to, so here's a small tutorial on how to make three types of pasta:
All you need are bits of felt in the right colors (scraps work wonderfully) and matching sewing thread (only for the rigatoni and the farfalle; the spaghetti is no sew).
Let's start with spaghetti, which is the easiest one. Pick a bit of felt with the right length (compare it with real spaghetti if you need) and just cut thin, long, strips of felt.
I used my cutting pad + rotary cutter but scissors work well too, just try to keep the cutting lines as straight as possible.
And that's it, you just need to cut enough strips to make the spaghetti look realistic enough.
Now onto the rigatoni. Cut rectangles of felt about 6 x 5 centimeters long.
Join the longest sides (without overlapping) and sew to form a tube.
Make lots more...
And finally, the farfalle. You need rectangles of felt similar to the ones used for the rigatoni (6 x 4 centimeters is what I used) but the short sides should be cut with pinking shears for the zig-zag effect.
In this case, because my kids love the colorful pasta, I decided to add two more colors, but it's really your choice.
To create the farfalle shape, fold the felt in half, as show below:
And then fold each of the edges down in the opposite direction:
Sew in place with matching thread:
Make as many as you want and as colorful as you like.
It's totally optional, but you can cut a bit of red felt to create something similar to tomato sauce. I freehanded two shapes, left one simple and glued bits of yellow felt over the other because my daughter wanted shredded cheese on top...
And now you are ready for your play pasta meal to start.
Set the table...
...pick you favorite...
...and just have fun!
I love playing with felt food too, can you tell?
PLEASE NOTE: the small size and the similarity to real food don't make these appropriate for toddlers, so take the recipient's age into account when making felt food either for your children or to give as a gift.
Like the idea of making felt play food? Check out the other posts in the series: