As I mentioned in my last post about making felt food, in addition to all the fun patterns I tried that I had found on the internet, I also made up a pattern for felt peapods - I think they look most like snap peas/snow peas. Wouldn't it be cute to make up some of these and make a felt stir fry with pepper slices and tofu cubes?
I saw some other patterns online that use felt balls for the peas in the peapod, but I wanted to take a simpler approach. As shown above, you can either make these pods plain, or you can add stitched "peas" as a fun detail. They are really quick to make! If you make some, I would love to see how they turn out, you can share them in the Needle and Spatula Flickr Pool.
- Green Felt (I prefer wool felt but you can use whatever felt you like)
- Scraps of quilt batting (or if you don't have batting, you could use felt instead)
- Green thread
- Peapod pattern - DOWNLOAD HERE
First, cut out your felt and batting and lay the batting on top of the felt as shown.
Fold both the batting and the felt in half (along the dotted lines shown in the pattern). The felt should fully cover the batting.
Sew along the edge of the pea pattern, making sure the batting is fully enclosed. I used my free motion foot for this step because I didn't want to change the foot to sew the peas, but it would have been more even if I had used my regular foot!
If desired, sew small circles inside the peapod to look like peas. I used my free motion foot for this, but you could also sew this with a regular foot and turning the piece as you sew a small circle.
To finish, clip all the threads and cut out the second side of the felt to match the peapod shape.
If you want to hand sew, cut out both sides of the felt in the peapod shape initially, then whipstitch or buttonhole stitch around the open edges, and sew the pea detail (if desired) using a running stitch.
Thanks and happy sewing!