This quick tutorial covers how I make “shredded” iceberg felt lettuce
for my felt food taco play sets. No American-style taco is complete without the finely shredded pale green crunch of iceberg lettuce. In this tutorial will be re-creating that important ingredient using the perfectly suited pistachio green color wool felt sold in our shop.
To begin, will start the same way we did for our felt shredded cheese: cut a strip of felt, this time in pistachio green. Your strip can vary, but 1/2-3/4 inch by 6-7 inches should be perfect.
Now, simply fold the green felt back and forth in on itself for three or four layers. Once in an accordion shape, pinch the felt together with one hand and begin stitching starting with the second from the top layer.
Starting your stitch inside of a fold, instead of on the outside, will help hide any excess thread shown on the outside of your stitch. Once your thread is anchored, sew down and back through all the layers, loop the top layer into this stitch, and when you return to your starting point, tie off once. This will help keep your stitches tight and the layers from pulling apart as you continue to stitch.
Next, continue stitching along the edge – sort of like a bookbinding stitch that goes through the full-thickness back and forth. When you’ve covered the whole edge with a few stitches, tie-off your thread using the same method we used for starting – hiding your knot within the folds of the felt lettuce.
At this point, you can either be finished or continue with another set of for a longer piece of lettuce. For younger children you’ll probably want to continue on in the second loop of lettuce.
A good rule of thumb is to make your felt food size-appropriate for the age of the child when they receive them. For younger kids, ingredients will be a little more fun to play with if they are larger and easier to grip. For older children, you can err a bit more of the side of realism, and size down your ingredients if you want.
Because we are making America tacos with very thinly shredded iceberg lettuce, I need to take this big section of looped felt and make it look more thinly shredded. To do this, I grab some sharp scissors and cut each of the loops into one or two smaller loops. I like to cut very narrow loops – with the wool felt, you can cut just under 1/4″ wide loops and still have a very sturdy bundle of felt lettuce.
Once cut and paired with felt shredded cheese, felts taco meat, and felt tortillas, your felt food Mexican taco dinner will be ready to be presented to your felt food chef.
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