Friday, January 21, 2011

A Heart Shaped Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Tutorial

Valentine's Day is just around the corner already, with 2011 zooming right along. I'm currently working on a felt lunch gift set for the son of a friend and wanted to do something more fun than a regular sandwich. So here is a how-to for making a sweet sandwich for your little valentine!

The Ingredients:

For a template, I used good ole Google to find a heart image that looked about the right size and printed it out. I'm not much for drawing, but you could make your own pattern if you wished. The heart is about 5 inches across at the widest part and about 4 inches from the bow of the heart down to the tip. Once you have your pattern, you will need :

-4 hearts in tan felt for the bread
-2 hearts in tan for the peanut butter (I used a slightly different color than my bread)
-2 hearts for the jelly (I used red for strawberry, but purple, blue, peach or other fruit colors would work)
-2 strips of dark brown felt for the crust, half inch wide by about 18 inches long (that's likely longer than you need but better more than less)
-Embroidery Floss to match felt pieces

The Recipe:

Starting with one of the bread hearts, use a whip stitch to attach one dark brown strip of crust all the way around the heart. I started at the tip of the heart and worked around. When you get back to the tip, trim any extra dark brown felt and seam the ends of the crust together.

Now you have crust attached to one side of the bread. At this point, I like to gauge how much stuffing to use since polyfil does not lay as nicely as batting.

After removing the stuffing, I attach the second tan heart to the crust, working from the tip of the heart. Once you have sewn about two-thirds around the heart, stuff the bread. Finish sewing the bread closed.

Voila! Now your first piece of heart shaped bread is complete! Repeat this same process for the second slice.

For the peanut butter and jelly, simply whip stitch your two colored hearts together. If I were going to make this again, I would add some French Knots for strawberry seeds to my red heart, but alas I did not think of that until after I was done.

And that is it! You now have a felty Valentine's Day treat for the sandwich lover in your life!

I hope this tutorial was helpful and please let me know if you have any questions or if you make your own heart shaped PB&J!


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