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I want to give dd some felt food for Christmas, but after poking around online, I'm stymied. Does the kind of felt matter? Color? Should I order online from a specific place, or just grab something at JoAnne?

 

And would it be better to give her the stuff instead of the food, so we can make it together after Christmas? (She's 6.5.)

 

She seems too big for the no-brainer gifts from the past few yrs, but...not quite big enough for the crafty things *I'm* looking forward to. And the stuff right at her age-level? It could take over the house. You know the junky-craft stuff of which I speak, right?

 

Sorry to ramble.

 

What do you think?

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I had just done some reading on this because I decided last week I wanted to do this for my kids. One blog I read said that the woman normally used wool felt but she was making stuff for someone allergic to wool so she used acrylic felt. And that is the only mention of felt types I recall seeing.

 

The color will of course depend on what foods you are making.

 

I was going to take a look at Joanne's and see what they have, maybe do a little more research.

 

Is this something you and your daughter would enjoy doing together? Is it something she would be interested in? Maybe make a few pieces to include in the gift, to see what she thinks of them, and then include the materials to make more together if it's something she would enjoy.

 

I know what you mean about the junky crafts. I have a daughter near the same age and it's the same situation here.

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Quality wool felt is sturdier than the recycled eco-felt stuff they sell at WalMart and Michaels. Having said that, I've never gotten around to ordering the good stuff. I've made lots of felt food out of the cheap felt. It looks very cute when you first make it, but the felt wears very easily and just starts looking beat pretty quickly.

 

For a Christmas gift I would order the good stuff.

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Quality wool felt is sturdier than the recycled eco-felt stuff they sell at WalMart and Michaels. Having said that, I've never gotten around to ordering the good stuff. I've made lots of felt food out of the cheap felt. It looks very cute when you first make it, but the felt wears very easily and just starts looking beat pretty quickly.

 

For a Christmas gift I would order the good stuff.

 

 

Yes. Poly felt pills terribly. It just doesn't hold up for something like a toy. Wool felt is nice to touch (provided you're not allergic to wool), it will hold up, but it is really expensive. Joann Fabrics often sells little bundles of maybe 1/4 yards of wool felt in assorted colors.

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http://www.magiccabindolls.com has nice quality wool felt. My friend who sells wool felt toys and dolls on http://www.etsy.com'>http://www.etsy.com'>http://www.etsy.com'>http://www.etsy.com uses them as a supplier (her seller name is acorngirl, if you want to see how some of the material looks worked up in toys--look at past sales for the most variety--she does do food, but out of sculpey, not felt).

 

http://www.magiccabindolls.com/product.asp?pcode=185

 

If you sign up for their email list, you can get offers for free shipping. Unfortunately, I don't seem to have a current code. The last one I have expired on 10/22.

 

If you want the felt food already done, http://www.etsy.com seems to have a lot of it and all handmade.

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