When brainstorming for something to get Little One for Easter, I wanted something that was springy and educational. Obviously I didn’t want to give my 10 month old common Easter treats like candy. Then I stumbled upon a picture of a felt garden and I thought, “I could make that!”. It’s the cutest little felt vegetable garden and he loves harvesting the vegetables and munching on them!
For this project I got all my supplies at JOANN Fabrics. The felt is made from recycled materials, which is a great thing. I would have preferred natural materials, but recycled materials is way better than nothing. This project took me a couple of mornings and a lot less time to make than I originally projected. I would estimate that it took me about 3 hours total.
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- 6 pieces of brown felt
- 1 piece each of colors needed for the vegetables ( I got 1 purple, 3 different shades of green, 1 orange, 1 tan, and 1 burgundy) (Amazon does have big pack you can find them here.)
- Wooden create
- Sewing machine
- Hand sewing needle
Making the Garden Bed
The first step of this project is to create the garden dirt for “planting” the vegetables. Use the brown felt for this. I used 4 of the pieces for the rows and one piece for the bottom. The last piece is to create the sides of the rows, cutting 8 shapes that are flat on one end and curved on the other. Sew each of these pieces to the ends of the rows, creating 4 tube like rows. Then sew them to the bottom piece, leaving opening to stuff with poly-fill. I finished this up by sewing up the holes.
It took a bit of maneuvering to get it all lined up, but the end result turned out great!
Making the Vegetables
The felt vegetables were very easy to make. I cut out two pieces of felt in each shape I needed for the vegetables. In the end I made 1 eggplant, 2 potatoes, 2 zucchini, 2 cucumbers, 4 carrots, and 2 beets. Use your best judgement to create the vegetables shapes. Using the sewing machine, I stitched around each of the vegetables, leaving a hole for the vegetable to be turned right side out.
I then stuffed the vegetable with poly-fill and used a hand sewing needle to stitch up the hole that was left. Using varying shades of greens to create leaves, I cut out basic leaf shapes and hand stitched them to the tops of the vegetables. Little One likes to munch on the tops…and they have held so far!
This is where you can get really creative with the types of vegetables or fruit. I plan on creating more when I get some free time (yeah, I know, like that will happen!).
Plant the Vegetables
Finally, plant the vegetables in the garden bed. I paired the felt vegetable garden with this TY bunny named Hopper, because every garden needs a bunny, right?
I’m happy to report it has been a little over a month since we gave this to Little One and he is still enjoying playing with it!
What do you think of this project? I thought it would take much more time so I was surprised at how easy and quick it turned out to be. Let me know your thoughts and/or results about the felt vegetable garden in the comments below!