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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