Monday, 27 February 2017

Sew Some Felt Fruit! Watermelon Slice Tutorial

Time for the penultimate tutorial in my felt fruit series: how to sew slices of watermelon.

 felt watermelon slices

A faux watermelon slice would look fun propped up against a bookshelf, or you could add a ribbon loop and hang it as a quirky ornament or sew on a brooch clasp and wear it as a giant fruity brooch.

 felt watermelon slice

Or why not make the whole set of felt fruit and display them in a bowl? I've already shared tutorials for sewing the apples and pear, the orange and apple slices and the strawberries. I'll post the kiwi tutorial sometime soon.

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.

felt fruit

This project was originally published in docrafts Creativity magazine and stitched using felt from their Craft Planet range.

 felt watermelon slices

You will need:

The template sheet provided (see the bottom of this post)
Red, white, dark green and black felt
Matching sewing thread
Toy stuffing
Sewing needles and pins
Sewing scissors

To sew each watermelon slice:

1. Cut 1 x rind and 2 of each of the other pieces in the colours required. Also cut some teardrop shaped seeds from black felt.

2. Sew the top curved red and white pieces together using whip stitch and red sewing thread, along their adjoining curved edge. Repeat for the bottom pieces.

3. Sew the top, bottom and sides together with whip stitch and matching thread, right sides facing outwards.

4. Stuff two-thirds of the fruit then attach the rind with whip stitch and dark green thread. Leave a gap along one edge finish stuffing the fruit then sew up the gap. Add the rind carefully so the edge of the green felt is visible when the watermelon slice lies flat.

felt watermelon slices

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.

This tutorial is for personal use only: you can use it to stitch as many pieces of fruit as you want for yourself or as gifts, but please don't make any for sale. You may borrow a photo or two if you want to blog about this project, but remember to credit me and link back to the original source, and do not reproduce my entire post or share the pattern itself on your site. Thanks!

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bairozan said...

They are all pretty but the watermelon reminded me of the summer and I can't wait to feel the first sweet juices of it! It is so realistic and with the sun shining behind the window right now I almost forgot it's still February!

Miaismine said...

Oh Laura! These look like so much fun! I love making felt food for my grandbabies as much as they love playing with it! Thank you for sharing! Pinning this post!

Bugs and Fishes said...

Miaismine - thanks for your lovely comment! Unfortunately though my felt fruit tutorials are not intended as toys, just for decorative use xxx

Bugs and Fishes said...

Bairozan - thank you!! I really enjoyed making these :)

Joy said...

These are soooo cute. I want my own set of felt fruit.

Bugs and Fishes said...

Thanks, Joy! Do let me know if you end up sewing some :)