Started Over A Year Ago
I originally started this felt grape project over a year ago, which was right before my son, Mr. Happy Feet, was born. I was in the height of a crafting frenzy. My intent at the time was to make some similar to these felt food grapes found on Etsy.
The moment I finished, my daughter, Mrs Sayuri, tried to pull off the grapes! However, these grapes were sewn to the center stalk and not meant to come off. In a matter of seconds, all the painstaking effort of sewing these together was undone. I set the clump of felt wanna-be grapes aside to repair at a later time.
Finished With A Twist
I recently picked up the remains of the grape project gone wrong and brainstormed/researched a new game plan.
I came across the felt grape tutorial on MADE and almost decided to follow it exactly. I ended up making my own altered version to incorporate what I had started before. In my version, each grape is an individually stuffed ball backed with touch tape so that it can attach to the flat base and fill out the cluster. I sewed on a grape leaf and stem between the two layers of purple felt. I also sandwiched [wikipop]interfacing[/wikipop] in between the two felt layers of the base to give it more structure.
My son gets a thrill from pulling the Velcro grapes off.
More felt food is definitely in our future – it’s such fun to make.
As a side note, the strawberry in the photo with the grapes was made using this Felt Cuisine PDF free pattern for strawberries. Mrs. Sayuri insisted that the color of the seeds be PINK as it is her current favorite color. Felt strawberries are easy enough to figure out how to make just by looking at one, but there are some helpful tips in the pattern. It is clear and easy to follow.