We are going to make yummy salad leaves from felt today. For this tutorial I mainly followed the instructions given by Katherine from One Inch World, so all the credit goes to her. Just check out her super adorable felt armchairs or wooden twig chairs. S-O-O-O C-U-U-U-T-E! Similarly, I fell in love with her felt salad leaves the first time I saw them. Here, I just slightly modified the ribs. As is true for my sliced cheese, salad leaves are perfect for sandwiches and easy peasy to make. This project is great for any felt food newbie, because it requires only one sewing step that is best done by hand. The tutorial comes in 8 steps, and 2 salad leaves can be done in about two to three 15-minute crafting sessions. As I said, super fast but still super cute!
Here is a list of the materials I used:
- Green 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)
- Green embroidery floss and embroidery needle
- Green standard thread and standard needle
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 salad leaves will perfectly fit onto the felt sandwich bread I made recently. Keep the size in mind when making your very own salad leave pattern.
STEP 3: Place one piece of felt onto a second one and fix in place by using pin needles. Place the pattern on top of the felt and trace the basic shape of the pattern onto the felt using a magic marker or colored tailor’s chalk. If you are using chalk, I recommend white one, because it gives a nice contrast. Remove the pattern.
STEP 4: Cut along the markings by using standard scissors. You will end up with two blank salad leaves (in my case one in light and the other in dark green).
STEP 5: Embroider the main rib using green embroidery floss. This is actually the trickiest part of this tutorial, because both sides of each leaf should look nice and clean. Thus, to better show how I did this by hand I took white thread in the pictures below. First, make a knot and stitch into the felt at the lower end of the main rib (see A in picture below). Stitch towards the other side of the felt at an interval of about 0.4 inches (i.e., 1 cm) (see B). Stitch back to the front side again at the same interval. This creates an empty part on your front side (see C). Repeat this as often as you wish (I did it twice here; see D and E). Finally, you should end up with the needle being at the back side of your salad leaf.
STEP 6: Turn the salad leaf and repeat exactly what you did before in step 5 (see A and B in picture below). Thereby, you will fill up all the empty spaces while moving along the main rib towards the starting point where the knot sits (see C). Now, the main rib should look nice and neat (see D).
STEP 7: In order to not create a second knot (that we can hardly hide in a 2D salad leaf), we are going to knot the end of the embroidery floss and the starting knot together. To do so straighten the starting knot by pulling at its end and loop the thread around the knot (see A in picture below). Move the needle through the noose from top to bottom and tighten to secure (see B). The side of your salad leaf with the knot will at this stage look something like what is shown in C.
STEP 8: Repeat this as described in steps 5-7 for all side ribs as well. Here, you can use either standard thinner thread or alternatively also embroidery. I used standard thread, because the side ribs of a salad leaf are thinning towards the edges. Just arrange the side ribs as you like. 10 variations for inspiration are given in the picture below. Honestly, all of them were done by my dad who was helping me last week and is a salad-leaf-rib expert now. (Thank you, dad!)
And now LETTUCE all smile! You are done! *applause, applause* You have made super-realistic felt salad leaves and I hope you had a lot of fun.
I will publish more felt food tutorials soon. The Felt Sandwich Bread tutorial is
currently in the making available now here. So please stop by again.
All the leaves …umm… best,
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