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Lisa takes this Felt Bowtie Pasta tutorial to the next level with special PDF boxes you can download, print and prepare. Earlier this week we showed you how to make breakfast, and now you have a little something for dinner too!

Kids love imitating adults, and one way that nearly every child does is by pretend cooking. There are loads of gorgeous felt food out there, but they can sometimes get pretty complex to put together. There is one felt food that anyone can make, even a person who’s never held thread and needle before: bowtie farfalle pasta!

This felt pasta is so easy to put together and it’s hand-sewn; you can create bunches of pasta while watching a movie, or waiting for a doctor’s appointment. And to make the fun even more realistic for your kids, why not print out and assemble the special Italian farfalle pasta box? Let’s get started!

Pasta Materials:

  • 6 x 40” (15 x 100 cm) of pasta-colored felt (makes 80 pieces, enough to fill both downloadable boxes)
  • Rotary cutter + large cutting mat OR sharp fabric shears
  • Pinking shears
  • Matching thread + hand needle

Box Materials:

  • Bowtie Pasta Box PDF
  • Printer
  • 3 pieces of white card stock (letter or A4)
  • Small piece of an overhead plastic transparency
  • Scissors (for paper), transparent tape, glue (preferably the gel type for paper)

For the Pasta:
1. Cut the piece of felt lengthwise into four long strips 1.125 ” (3 cm) wide.

2. Trim the straight edges at the end of each long strip with the pinking shears. Then use the pinking shears to cut the strips into 2” (5 cm)-long rectangles.

3. Pinch the center of each rectangle between your thumb and index finger.

4. Sew through the centers with the needle and thread. You’ll be making a lot of these so you’ll want to go as quickly and mindlessly as possible. I found this way of folding and sewing to be the easiest:

1. Stick the needle into the center of the rectangle.

2. Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise, with the thread coming out from the fold.

3. Fold the front half up so that the cut edge is lined up with the fold.

4. Stick the needle through the center and front half as pictured.

5. Fold the back half up so that the cut edge is lined up with the fold. Stick the needle through all four layers.

6. Continue to sew through the center of the four layers four or five times.

7. Fold the piece in half, so it looks like an accordion, and knot the thread on the outside.

8. Trim thread ends, and you’re done!

Repeat for all of the felt rectangles.

Pasta Boxes:
Now let’s make the pasta boxes!

1. Download the Pasta Box PDF file and print it on card stock without scaling. (Make sure to set your printer to the type of paper used, or else it won’t print properly.) Pages 1 and 2 get assembled into the larger box (3.5” x 5.25” x 2” [9 x 13.5 x 5 cm]). Page 3 doesn’t need to be assembled and makes a smaller box (2.75” x 4” x 1.5” [7 x 10 x 4 cm]). Only print the pages of the box size you wish to make!

2. Cut out the box pieces.

3. Cut along the straight black lines (not the dashed one) to create the top and bottom flaps.

4. If making the larger box, tape the two pieces together between the ends of the two black lines (indicated in the photo by the red arrows). Repeat for the inside of the box.

5. Cut out the white oval with an X-acto knife.

6. Cut along the black lines on the top flap with the X-acto knife.

7. Cut out a rectangle from an overhead transparency large enough to cover the oval space. 1.75” x 3.25” (4.5 x 8 cm) is good for the large box and 1.25” x 2.5” (3.5 x 6.5 cm) is good for the smaller box.

8. Tape the transparent rectangle into the inside of the box, covering the oval space.

9. Fold the box along the dashed line and the other box lines to create four sides, one narrow side flap, four flaps on top and four flaps on bottom.

10. Put glue on the front of the side flap and the two small bottom flaps (indicated in the photo).

11. Fold the box together, sticking the side flap behind the other side, and the empty bottom flap on top of the two smaller bottom flaps. Then put more glue on top of the empty bottom flap and stick the last bottom flap on top of it.

Place the box upright on a flat surface and press the glued parts together until they are well-stuck. You might want to reach down to the bottom of the box from the inside with a ruler or other long object in order to press it well.

12. Fill your boxes up with the felt pasta…

…And you’re done! Ready for being stocked in play kitchen shelves…

…And cooked into delicious meals! Buon appetito!