Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I heart fake food - Pineapple Tutorial

A farmer's market just isn't complete without a pineapple or two.  How else would you make a felt piña colada, right?

If you heart fake food and want to learn how to make your own felt pineapple, keep on reading.

You'll need to gather the following supplies:  felt in green, gold and brown, needle and brown thread, a ruler, water erasable pen, scissors and fiberfill.

Using an entire sheet of gold fabric, draw a grid pattern with your ruler and water erasable pen.  The grid does not need to extend all the way to the bottom of the felt.  Leave approximately an inch, at the bottom of the felt, grid free.

Either using your sewing machine OR hand embroidering use brown thread to cover the grid you just drew.
*I opted to hand embroider using a stem stitch.

Fold the pineapple body in half, right side facing each other, and sew down the long side ending at the inch mark that is grid free.

Along the grid free bottom inch section of your pineapple, cut 4 long thin triangle sections out.  You'll need to make these cuts in order to fold the bottom sections over to close the pineapple. 

Fold the bottom sections of the pineapple over.  Either glue or hand sew the opening closed.   You may need to adjust your cuts to get the fold to lay flat.  *If you get your cuts right, you could also attempt to sew the cuts back together to close the bottom of the pineapple.

To give the bottom of your pineapple a more finished look (and to hide any gaps or puckers), cut out a small circle out of brown felt.  Apply some glue to the bottom center of the pineapple and affix the brown circle into place. 

Generously stuff your pineapple with fiberfill until you are about an inch from the top.

To create the stem of your pineapple, grab the green felt.  Cut sections of felt with either 2, 3 or 4 points (it will resemble the shape of grass).  Start with your section of 2 points and pinch them together.  Wrap your section of 3 points around the center 2 points.  Using your needle and thread (I used green thread), do a few stitches by hand to secure to stem pieces into place.  With each new section of green felt, start slightly lower than the section before.  You'll complete between 3 and 4 layers or sections before your stem is complete.

Cut small triangle shapes into the top of your pineapple, preferably not into any of the grid stitches you created.  Fold the tops over so and begin to hand stitch the top of your pineapple closed using yellow thread.  Do not close the top completely.

Insert the stem into the center of the pineapple and continue to stitch the top shut while stitching the stem into place. 


Hopefully you heart your new pineapple.

If you liked this tutorial, make sure to check out my other I Heart Fake Food Tutorials.

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  1. What a perfect addition to Grace's market! That pineapple is just adorable.

  2. Oh, how fun! I want a farmer's market for my little one!

    1. Thanks Heather. The best thing about the farmer's market, we can use it for a lemonade stand too!

  3. I love your fake food tutorials... and love this pineapple! Pineapple is my fave fruit after all. ;)

  4. Every time I see Grace's market I swoon. Lucky, lucky girl!

  5. Adorable! And (aside from your incredible hand-stitching... because wha...? That looked machine stitched, lady!) I think I could maybe give this a whirl! I'm slowly gathering the courage to start doing some projects with felt.

    Love Grace's market, by the way! That's amazing!

  6. You make it look so easy, but felt and I don't really play well together. My girls would love these!

    1. It is easy. Felt is the most forgiving material ever. If it doesn't work perfectly, stretch or glue or cut :)

  7. Oh my gosh, how cute your collection of fake food! Thank goodness you have a kid, otherwise I wouldn't know what to say about this obsession of yours ;). hehehehe. Love the whole market set-up/stand with chalkboard and grocery cart.

  8. Love the idea of making felt food for your kids for play. My girls loved their play food collection when they were young - they would have adored your market stand! The pineapple is darling!

  9. A perfect addition to the market! I'm not sure I've read that post!!!! Super cute little grocery stand!

  10. That's absolutely adorable Amy! I am seriously felt challenged. You make it look so easy!

  11. This is sew cute!!! I am looking for something like this to make to put girls' headbands on. This might work. View my post on teaching your children to sew in the form of a Summer Sewing Camp:

  12. I hope that is a Queensland pineapple! So cute Amy.
    Although I'm seeing a big calling for felt cocktails.

    You must have a whole pantry dedicated to felt food.

  13. Grace has a pretty good fake food market going there! You are such an awesome mom to make these things for her. Now...what is that friend in the shopping cart! So cute!

  14. Amy that is so cool! I love all the great faux food you have made for Grace :)

  15. Yummy! :-) Very fun idea.

    My boys loved to play Market. It was so much fun watching them.
    Have fun with Grace. :-)

  16. I love it! And of course you hand sewed it with your perfect little stitches. You do amazing hand sewing! So much fun.

  17. You know this pineapple was just the icing on the felt food cake for me!?! You are amazing!

  18. I love that I don't need a sewing machine to make this adorable pineapple! Can you please come over to my house and build me a market, pretty please. That is just absolutely amazing!

  19. The pineapple is adorable and your market stand looks amazing. I've got really into making things out of felt lately. I think I'll have to try out this tutorial.

  20. What a fun creative, festive, and yummy inspiring idea! You go girl!!!

    Keep ‘em coming… :)

    hugs xx
    Crystelle Boutique

  21. I love the pineapples and well, the whole stand! The pictures are just stunning! Thanks for sharing with us this week at Monday Funday!

    Take care,



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