Ah, summertime. Warmth is in the air and and the days are long. I wanted to create something felt foody that gave ode to this wonderful time of year. Enter charcoal fire bowl and the roasting marshmallow.
I noticed an abundance of felt BBQ grills (some taken straight from Jeanette Lim's awesome pattern book) and campfire logs. But I'm dying to get a fire bowl for our back yard. So if I can't have one in real life, I can definitely make one out of felt. But the ultimate accessory is surely the soft, gooey, sweet roasted marshmallow (which could be enjoyed year round if I had said fire bowl. Just sayin'.) I also made the roasting stick with a pipe cleaner. I saw lots of wooden dowels out there in the felt food s'more world but I am reticent to give my two year old a long tapered wooden stick. It's all fun and games until someone pokes their eye out! So here is how to make your own felt food marshmallow and (non wooden) roasting stick:
- 1 large pipe cleaner, 9 inches long
- roasting stick casing, 8 inches long and 1 inch wide, in dark brown felt
- 2 cream or white felt circles for marshmallow top and bottom, 1.25 inches wide
- outer casing, cream or white felt, 4.75 inches long by 1.75 inches wide
-inner casing, 1.5 inches tall and 1.75 inches wide
The first step is one I did not originally do up front but should have. Fold over about a half inch of pipe cleaner on both top and bottom loosely so that the raw wire isn't sticking up. Take a scrap of felt and cover the pipe cleaner end. Sew both sides so the pipe cleaner has a little cap at both ends. This will help keep the pipe cleaner from shifting too much and keep the wire from readily poking through.
Next, fold the roasting stick casing in half, position the pipe cleaner inside, and sew up the sides. As you can see my pipe cleaner ends are not covered but yours should be.
Then, take your inner marshmallow piece and wrap it around the roasting stick, leaving about an 1/8 of an inch overhang at the top. Sew up to the piece and when you get to the top, close the seam.
Next, take the inner piece that was just finished and trace the bottom of it on to one of the felt circles. My circle was about a half inch wide. Cut the circle out from the middle of the piece, which is now the bottom of the marshmallow.
Position the opening of the inner piece in the middle circle of the bottom we just cut out and sew the two together as shown.
Now, sew the outer marshmallow rectangle piece around the bottom circle. Trim this piece as needed when you sew it around.
Stitch up the side seam towards the top of the marshmallow.
Next, add stuffing. Be careful not to over stuff and throw the inside piece off. I suggest putting the marshmallow on the roasting stick and then adding the stuffing so it maintains the proper shape.
Lastly, stitch the last circle on to the top of the marshmallow. If you wanted to add a dark brown or black piece to the top/side of your marshmallow for a burned or melted look, you can do that too. But I was lazy and wanted to get out and roast my mallow.
Happy Felt Fooding!