Remember this picnic basket from way back when? Well, my cute cousin asked how it finally turned out and I got to thinking that you might want to know, too. I was having a mental block with how to pull it into a package gift until I did a little online shopping for some games by the company, eeBoo. Have you met any of eeBoo’s things yet? I could seriously buy all of them. The pictures and quality are unparalleled, in my opinion, and no one’s paying me off to say that. Some of my girls’ favorite games are made by eeBoo .
In the midst of the holiday chaos, I decided that I would just purchase some felt food and I did a quick search on etsy to see what I could find. Immediately, I found some felt food caught my eye. When I went to UmeCrafts’ etsy shop, I discovered about a thousand different sets of food that were so strikingly beautiful, I wondered how I would choose one to go in the basket. Except that they weren’t for sale. The patterns were for sale. And so I bought the patterns for this fruit set (as well as several other irresistable patterns). The instructions were very clear and very simple, but I’m NOT a hand-stitch kind of girl, so I actually just sewed as much as I could on my machine. I had to hand-stitch the openings closed after stuffing, but other than that, it went pretty quickly. And since i hate hand-stitching THAT much, I took out my trusty hot glue gun and just glued on the little accents, like the seeds and watermelon rind, etc. My favorite part is the cute banana that actually comes out of the peel. LOVE it.
I added a little canister and the food and packaged it all in the basket, just like this. I wrapped the whole thing in cellophane and tied the top with some fluffy red tulle. I will definitely be using cellophane again next year – it had a big WOW factor when the kids discovered it. I did two other “package deals” that I will share soon, too. These turned out to be some of my favorite gifts to give this year.
There were quite a few suggestions in the comments for the original post for felt food tutorials and patterns, so check those out, too, if you’re looking for more felt food inspiration!