Whether or not you have mad sewing skills you can probably make homemade play food. The possibilities are endless once you get started. There are a lot of websites out there that offer free patterns for homemade fabric foods of all kinds and from all materials. There are also plenty of knitted and crocheted patterns for pretend foods.
When an item is homemade you can easily choose organic fabrics and materials for even greener bang for your buck. Get your sewing machine ready for some serious crafting.
Patterns for Homemade Toy Food
I love the felt food. It is so much nicer than the cheap plastic kind. My youngest daughter, Kyrie, has a kitchen and an apron as well as a menu for the times she plays restaurant. The felt foods allow her to serve an elegant tea or snack, and these toys even look great when they aren't put away.
If you use organic fabrics and organic wool or other stuffing material you can have completely organic toys for just a little money.
American Felt and Craft has a great carrot that your child can cut in pieces and put back together.
Slice of Cake
This pretend Slice of Cake could be made in a lot of different fabrics.
Felt Oreo Cookies
You can tell your kids these are homemade Whoopie Pies rather than Oreos if you want to. Which ever way, they are very cute.
Knitted Play Food Patterns
Knitting Pattern Central has all kinds of vegetables, desserts, breads, and fruit to knit. The patterns are all free.
Patterns to Buy
If you have a little money and you want to see some really adorable patterns for felt play foods check out BuggaBugs Etsy shop. The patterns cost under $10 but are especially unusual and artistic.
Shop Your Sewing Scraps First
Once you decide what you want to make check out your scrap basket before you head for the fabric store. Many times there are scraps that would be perfect for that new project. You can also check out old or stained towels that you may have around the house. Sometimes you can turn them into really unique items.
Making crafts and homemade gifts with your kids is a great way to spend quality time.