This is part of a series of fruity tutorials. You'll find the apple and pear tutorial here, and I'll be posting the other projects in the coming weeks.
The apple and orange slices would look fab strung together to make a fun fruity garland or necklace, or you could make all the different fruit and display them in a bowl to add a pop of quirkiness and colour to your decor. Please note that the finished felt fruit is intended for decorative use only - it is not a toy and should be kept well out of reach of young children.
This project was originally published in docrafts Creativity magazine and stitched using felt from their Craft Planet range.
You will need:
The template sheet provided (see the bottom of this post)
White, orange, dark brown and red/green felt
Matching sewing threads
Sewing needles and pins
To sew the fruit slices:
1. For each slice of fruit, cut 1 x peel, 2 x slices and either 6 orange segments or (freehand) 3 small teardrop shaped pips.
2. Sew the orange segments or brown apple pips to the white slices, using whip stitch and matching threads.
3. Sew the slices together along the straight edge, with whip stitch and white thread.
4. Attach the peel, using thread to match the peel. Sew carefully so the coloured felt shows along the top of the white felt. Sew along one side and halfway along the other.
5. Stuff the fruit with toy stuffing, adding small pieces of stuffing at a time to stuff the shape evenly.
6. Sew up the gap with more whip stitches and finish your stitching neatly.
Click here to view the template sheet, make sure you're viewing it full size then print it at 100%. Please note that the finished felt fruit is intended for decorative use only - keep it well out of reach of young children.
For more free felt projects and other crafty tutorials, click here to visit my tutorial archive.
For even more crafty goodness, check out my books: Super-Cute Felt and Super-Cute Felt Animals.