I was impressed with all the features of this pattern. It really has a lot of things that you can create. It comes with pattern pieces and instructions for the following felt food items:
- Shopping bag
- Egg carton
- Orange Slice
- Cake with cream and flowers
- Cupcake with choice of 4 decorations- whipped cream, cherry, flowers, and leaves
If you remember from the Butterick Play TeePee pattern review, if I use a pattern, I am a total Simplicity pattern girl. I think they have the clearest instructions and pattern pieces of all the pattern companies that I have tried. So, for the most part, I liked this pattern and didn’t find too many complicated sections. Here’s a highlight of a few pros and cons:
- If you’ve never made play felt food before, this pattern is a great place to begin. It does an excellent job of demonstrating how to piece the food together. For me, it allowed me to make the pattern food and enabled me to design other play food pieces on my own.
- The fruit and vegetable pieces are easy and perfect for beginner seamstresses.
- The detail of the pattern and food is excellent.
- This pattern allowed me to make durable play food for my daughter at a fraction of the price of brand-name felt play food.
- The egg carton, cake, and cupcakes are not necessarily good beginner projects. The egg carton requires the use of stiffening material and may be difficult to maneuver. I think the cake and cupcakes could have been designed better. If you aren’t 100% perfect with the execution of the cake and cupcakes, your desert items will not have flat bottoms and will not stand upright. This was probably my main issue with the whole pattern. I made 4 cupcakes, and only 2 of them will even stand upright. The cupcakes also require precise sewing in order for the “icing” portion to join correctly with the bottom cupcake portion.
- The carrot stem will not stay in place if the directions are followed. I had to add an additional stitch to hold the stem inside the carrot.
Has anyone else tried this Simplicity pattern? Let me know what you think and/or any problems that you encountered with this pattern piece!