How to Sew Stuffed Animal Food Critters

Make three soft toys cute enough to eat: a tomato, broccoli and ham.

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Broccoli

Materials and Tools:

light green, dark green felt
scraps of black felt for face
stuffing
needle
thread
paper for pattern
scissors

Steps:

1. Cut two trapezoid shapes of light green felt for the stalk.

2. Cut two bushy cloud shapes of dark green felt for the florets.

3. Sew each of the floret shapes on top of a stalk shape, making sure that you are creating two exact mirror-image pieces. Since the entire floret shape will show, this stitching will be visible on the outside, so use either invisible or matching green thread.

4. Place right sides together and sew around the edges, leaving an opening for turning right side out and stuffing.

5. Turn right side out.

6. Cut an upside-down triangle out of each side of the stalk; the sides of the triangle should be parallel with the sides of the stalk. This will create the look of branching.

7. Sew the two stalk sides together along the edges of the triangle. Again, this stitching will be visible, so use either invisible or matching light green thread.

8. Stuff, using a chopstick, pencil or other tool to work the stuffing into the crevices. This is a little tricky for the floret because of the triangle blocking the way.

9. Once stuffed, sew opening shut using the ladder stitch.

10. Cut a face out of black felt and glue onto the broccoli.

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