Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Hot Tamales!

A week of blustery and snowy weather at my house imposed the need to add a little heat and spice into my felt food life. Enter deliciously golden tamales. The corn husks are a must and the most intricate part of this project, but still comfortable for an advanced beginner. I'm breaking this tutorial into two parts, the tamale and the husk. 

The Ingredients:

 For two tamales:
-Four rectangular yellow felt pieces, mine are about 5 inches long with rounded edges
-Embroidery Floss to match

The Recipe:

 Sew together your top and bottom tamale pieces 2/3 of the way around with a whip stitch,

add stuffing, 

 and sew shut. That's it! Now, on to the corn husks.

The Ingredients: 

-Two cream felt corn husk pieces, these are about 6 inches tall by 4.5inches wide
-Embroidery Floss to match

The Recipe:

With a secure knot, make a running stitch across the length of the husk, giving it a bit of ripple. This gives the husk a little bit of texture. I did three sewn ridges here.

  Next, do a small running stitch at the edge of husk across the width.

 When you get to the end, pull your stitches tightly so the end of the corn husk puckers.  Add a few stitches so that the end is securely closed. Repeat with the opposite end of the husk. 

 Now, wrap up your tamales! I'm feeling warmer already!

Happy Felt Fooding!



  1. I LOVE these! I have made actual tamales before once all alone and it is quite a task. I have to make these for my daughter! Thanks for sharing your amazing creativity!


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