Felt Peelable Banana with Printable Pattern- Felt Food Cook-Along Day 23
My kids love, LOVE, LOVE bananas, so they were pretty high on my list of felt food to make. I thought a pealable one would be a lot of fun. I found a great tutorial on Just Stuff via Felt-O-Rama's felt food tutorials links (on the left sidebar of her blog.) While you're at Just Stuff be sure to check out the way she modifies this pattern for a corn in it's husk, and she also has some other great looking felt food to inspire you.
I started by making my pattern. I just guessed, made sure it was symmetrical and hoped it would come out right. I had to tweak the directions from Just Stuff based of my shape, but if you use my printable it should take some of the guess work out of figuring out your own.
Materials: yellow felt, cream felt, and all the typical sewing stuff including a sewing machine (although I imagine you could also make these by hand.)
I started by cutting out four yellow pieces and 8 cream pieces. This is what you'll need to follow the directions on Just stuff. Because I modified the design, I ended up only using 3 yellow pieces and 7 cream pieces, and you could actually get away with just 6 cream pieces as you'll see later on.
Then I started sewing the banana first. Sew the cream pieces together by pinning first and sewing with a seam allowance of about 1/4 inch. (I used the edge of my presser foot, which I think is just a tiny bit bigger than 1/4 inch.)
I sewed four pieces together this way, leaving an opening in the middle of one side for turning it right side out.
NOTE: When I got to this point though, I didn't like the shape of my banana. It looked way to fat in the middle and also too symmetrical.
To fix it, I went back and resewed the last seam (the one with the opening) as you can see here. It's an almost straight seem that cuts off about half of two of the sides. (You could also just sew three sections together. This would look a little more symmetrical than what I did, but would take any guess work out about where to sew the final seam.
You could trim the extra...I just left it there to act as some of the stuffing and turned it right side out. I didn't bother trimming any of the seam allowances for the banana because I think it actually made the ends look more banana-like. Then I stuffed the banana with chopped up felt (lighter colors, so dark pieces wouldn't show through).
Then onto the peal...
Since my banana was a lot slimmer than four sections, I just sewed three sections together to make the peal. I sewed three yellow sections about half way up and then three cream sections together half way up. You want to be careful to use the same seam allowance or just slightly smaller than for the yellow part since it will be on the outside.
For the peal I DID trim the same allowances (especially the tips) because they needed to fit inside each other.
Turn the yellow part of the peal right-side-out and put the cream part inside the yellow. Pin it carefully and sew around the open parts of the peal with a whip stitch with regular thread. (Or you can use embroidery thread and do a prettier stitch like she did on Just Stuff (link at top.)
And you're done!
All closed up...
And a view from behind...
...And you can see my kids' super ugly (but free and well built!) dresser nicely in this picture. Stay tuned to see this featured in a repainting/facelift post...but not until the summer...when there's no school and it doesn't rain.