We are going to make yummy cheese slices from felt today. Sliced cheese is perfect for felt sandwiches and easy peasy to make. It is actually THE IDEAL project for any felt food newbie, because it does not require a single sewing step. The tutorial comes in 8 steps, and 2 slices of cheese can be done in a single 15-minute crafting session. As I said, super fast but still super cute!
Here is a list of the materials I used:
- Yellow felt
- Scissors (ideally one standard and one embroidery scissors)
- This pattern (or create a pattern you like more)
- Pin needles
- Magic marker pen (or colored tailor’s chalk)
Useful Note: Felt is a textile where natural (woollen) or synthetic (acrylic) fibres have been pressed together. Some felts are very soft but others are strong enough to be used as a construction material (e.g., some nomadic people still use felt to build yurts). In this tutorial I am using acrylic felt of a thickness of 2 mm. I never had issues with shrinking or bleeding while washing them.
But now: Let’s start with the tutorial and happy making!
STEP 1: Children have such a vivid imagination; some of them really bite into felt food and especially small children might suck on it. For sure we do not want our little ones to swallow the leftovers of industrial production. Thus, wash the felt before starting this project.
STEP 2: Print the pattern (see above) or create a pattern you like more and cut it. If you are using my pattern, the sliced cheese will perfectly fit onto the felt sandwich bread that I recently made. Keep the size in mind when making your very own cheese slice pattern. There are two ways to continue now with step 3. Just choose the one way you feel more comfortable with.
STEP 3a: Place the pattern on top of the felt and trace the basic shape of the pattern (a square) onto the felt using a magic marker or colored tailor’s chalk. If you are using chalk, I recommend blue one, because it gives a nice contrast. However, it will be difficult to see white chalk on yellow felt. Remove the pattern.
STEP 3b: Fix the pattern in place on top of the felt by using pin needles.
STEP 4: Cut along the markings (for step 3a) or along the pattern (for step 3b) by using standard scissors. You will end up with one or a bunch (how many are you going to make?) of yellow squares.
STEP 5: Trace outer holes from the pattern using a magic marker (or chalk; see above) or draw your own holes.
STEP 6: Use embroidery scissors to cut out the outer holes.
STEP 7: Draw inner holes as you like (10 variations for inspiration are given in the picture below). Alternatively, you can cut holes freehand without any markings at all. Improvisation might be very helpful at this point. 😉 However, I prefer to judge the overall look at this point before I reach for my embroidery scissors.
STEP 8: Use embroidery scissors to cut out the inner holes. I like to fold a cheese slice in half exactly in the middle of a particular hole and then to cut along the half circle. This gives usually nice natural looking holes when the cheese slice is unfolded again. Do not try to make each hole symmetric and perfect. As with any human being, cheese holes are imperfect but unique!
And now smile and say CHEESE! You are done! *applause, applause* You have made super-realistic felt cheese slices and I hope you had a lot of fun.
Please note that you can also use two pieces of felt to make a double-layered cheese slice exactly as Polly did from Pieces by Polly. However, this requires a sewing step.
I will publish more felt food tutorials soon. The Felt Salad Leaves tutorial is
currently in the making available now here. So please stop by again.
All the slice …umm… best,
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