Easy Felt Food Tutorial: Bow Tie Pasta

What’s cool among the 11-month-old crowd? Snacks, milk, naps…all good stuff. But if you ask my little girl, she’ll tell you: It’s all about the wooden kitchen.

She will knock around in that kitchen with her brother or by herself for what seems like hours. We have pots, pans, plates, a toaster…but what we’re really missing is the food. We have some felt food, but a bigger variety would definitely make playtime more fun. So I’m putting my grandmother’s old box of felt and sewing box to use for baby girl’s upcoming birthday! Handmade, FTW!

We’re starting with bow-ties! (Or, as we call them, felt farfalle!)

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Cute and crafty? Ain’t nobody got time for that. And you’re right. Pinterest does nothing but plant the seeds of DIY dreams and artsy aspirations, and then mock me when they end up neglected in a corner while I’m off doing laundry and changing diapers.

That’s why you’ll love this one. You can finish it in one sitting, an hour or two at most. Start it one night after the kids go to bed and surprise them in the morning. I guarantee you will get that “I finished a project!” feeling!

Start with one sheet of pasta-colored white, ivory or yellow felt. Maybe two. I’ve seen these as low as .29 in the craft store, so thrift moms rejoice! There’s nothing spendy about this craft. The only thing you might need is a pair of pinking shears to get the nice crimpy edge (the signature of a bow-tie noodle.)

Cut one piece of felt for each noodle you want to make. Each should be about 1 1/2″ wide and 2 1/2″ long.  (I got about 20 out of my sheet of felt.) Cut the short sides with pinking shears, as shown below.

Fold your first piece into a small accordian shape in the middle and pinch, like this:

Once you get that classic bow-tie shape, stitch through it to hold.

Just knot a matching thread and pull the stitch through about halfway up the fold. I’m not a pro here, so it might be better to just let you look at the photos. My sewing terminology is probably not the best.

Stitch through 2 or 3 times so it’s nice and sturdy, then knot the thread and cut.

Voila! You’ve made a noodle! And a pretty fancy noodle, at that. You’ll be surprised how quick it is, and how much they look like real farfalle! Now make about 20 more, and find a container for them. You can use a real pasta box if you’re child is past the destroyer age. Mine is not, so we’re using a mesh produce bag for now. Or, you can take your project one step further and decorate a cardboard can (think Pringles, oats or bread crumbs.) Those plastic lids are easy for the little ones to take on and off.

What do you think? Super cute, right? Bow-tie Primavera for everyone! :)



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  1. That is really easy. Love the idea!
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  2. this.is.awesome. i love it. pinning.
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  3. What a super cute…and easy idea!! My kids would love it!
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  4. This is just plain adorable!!!!
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  5. I love this! This is awesome!

  6. I am absolutely loving this! I think I’ll start making some felt food as a gift for my youngest niece.
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  7. Wow! I didn’t even think about how easy this could be! Looks so real!

  8. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    Really cute! I am generally craft-challenged, but maybe I can actually do this one!

  9. How adorable is this? This makes such cute fun, soft play food! My toddler would love to play with these.
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  10. Wow, what a great idea. This would be an inexpensive way to make food for kitchen pretend play. Awesome tip.
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  11. This is such a cute craft. My daughter loved playing house when she was younger.
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  12. Thanks for this very detailed tutorial. Most tutorials I see are hard to follow. However, this looks like something I could actually do.
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  13. Love these! what great homemade play food!
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  14. I am in love with these little pastas! My daughter is too old for this, so I think I will need to go out and find a little one to make these for!
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  15. What a cute idea! Those would be cute on girls hairclips!
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  16. Too Cute. My daughter would love these.
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  17. Oh my goodness! Why isn’t this pinned already like a 100 times. This is so cool. I love it! Thanks for sharing. I will have to try this one day. :)
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  18. Super cute and so much easier to make than I would have thought. Kids will love this!
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  19. Thank you so much for this, I must show my daughter. She will love it!
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  20. I have to agree it is cute and easy! I know Isa would love making pasta! :)

  21. This is so creative and fun, and thanks for sharing, would make an awesome gift as well!

  22. This is really cute! My toddler would actually try to eat this as well. She still thinks that all food no matter what it’s made of can be eaten lol
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  23. These are gorgeous!! I even thought they were really pasta at first. You’re so talented <3

  24. This is so cute. What a great idea to make play food out of felt for kids.
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  25. How cute! This is one DIY that I think everyone can do!

  26. I think the felt foods are great. And this one looks like one I could actually do.
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  27. Popping over via the #SITSSharefest link up. What a great idea! I’ve made basic linguine style pasta for my son’s kitchen, but never thought to try bow tie. Thanks for sharing!
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  28. I love how you make your own food items for the kitchen. Homemade is so much better than the cheap plastic toys, plus the kids get more use out of them! I never even thought to make pasta this way!
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  29. that is super adorable!
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