Elissa designs PDF patterns and ready-made items for her Lambkin Creative shop. We love her fleece food sets, and we are so happy to add some veggies to the play kitchen with the help of her new Fleece Veggies Set Tutorial. You can download the PDF pattern and sew up some healthy variety for imaginative meals! We have lots of links to Elissa’s whimsical patterns in her introduction.
I don’t know why children are so drawn to kitchen and food toys. (Perhaps for the same reason I’m drawn to the kitchen for snacks during nap time?) In any case, we’ve had a perpetual picnic at my house since I gave my son a basket of handmade plush food as a birthday gift. Today I’m sharing a pattern for fleece vegetables. Let’s make veggies fun, one softie at a time!
- Fleece Veggies Pattern
- Fleece: red, orange, light brown, dark green (felt could easily be substituted for the fleece)
- Matching thread
- Light brown embroidery floss
- Sewing machine + needles
- Hand sewing + embroidery needles
- Paper and fabric scissors
- Washable fabric marker
Let’s Get Started!
Use ¼” seam allowance throughout.
1. Cut out your pattern pieces and then your fabric. The stretch direction is marked on the tomato and carrot, where it makes a big difference to the vegetable’s shape.
2. Thread your machine with dark green thread. Topstitch the edges of the carrot leaves.
3. Pick up that star-shaped tomato leaf piece. It looks really strange now, but will be quite realistic when we’re done! Fold the stem section in half and topstitch from the center of the star shape to the end of the stem. Pop the topstitched stem to the inside of the star.
4. Fold one of the pointy leaves in half (with the stem inside the star) and topstitch from the center of the star to near the end of the leaf. Topstitch the other three leaves the same way.
5. Switch to red thread. Place the tomato pieces right sides together in pairs and sew down one side of each pair.
6. Fold the tomato leaf section in half with the stem in the center, and pin it to the center top of one tomato half. Pin the side leaves down so they won’t get caught in the seam allowance!
7. Place the other tomato half on top, pin in place, and sew all around the edges, leaving a turning hole. Set the tomato aside for now.
8. Mark the carrot with detail lines using washable marker. Thread your machine with brown thread and stitch across each carrot detail line two or three times.
9. Stack the carrot leaves on top of each other, sandwiching the double leaf between two single leaves. Pin it to the center top of one side of the carrot. It’s also helpful to pin the ends of the leaves to the center of the carrot, but be sure to use a safety pin for that.
10. Fold the carrot in half, pin the sides together, and sew around the open sides, being sure to leave a turning hole. Set the carrot aside for now.
11. Change to light brown thread. Put the two potato pieces right sides together and sew around the edges, leaving a turning hole.
12. Turn all three vegetables right side out. Stuff firmly (especially the tomato) and close the openings with a ladder stitch. (If ladder stitch is new to you, check out Kim’s great explanation here; just scroll down to Tip 10.)
13. Your tomato and carrot are finished! Now let’s add eyes to the potato. Thread a sharp embroidery needle with light brown embroidery floss. Bury the end of the thread in the potato, then take two or three small stitches right where your thread came out; this will anchor your thread in place and create the first eye.
14. Push your needle through to the other side of the potato, coming out about an inch offset from the first eye. Pull the thread a little snug to indent the first eye and take three stitches where your thread came out to create a second eye. Keep creating eyes like this until your potato looks pleasingly dimpled.
You’re all done! Now it’s time to get your fleece veggies into little hands. I hope they bring as much joy to your home as they have to mine!