I’m very fond of felt and fleece as fabrics, because they are easy to work with and fairly forgiving. I designed this felt bread to fit into the children’s bread pan sold at Ikea when the felt food patterns is printed full scale to fill up an 8.5×11″ sheet of regular paper. You can download my free pattern here.
The loaf of bread can be made using a single square of felt, sold for 20-30 cents in most craft stores. I bought a bag of stuffing for $3, and I barely used any.
You can use the pattern piece for the end of the loaf to make slices of bread (just cut out a 1/2″ strip of felt to sew around the edge) and to make “jam” and “peanut butter” fillings. Yellow rectangles make pretend cheese, and a brown circle works as a hamburger (sew two together and stuff them if you want it to be more realistic).
Peanut butter and jelly sandwich:
I sewed everything together using a blanket stitch. Both of my kids love their play food, and I don’t have to worry about lead paint!
MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.