Pancakes, flapjacks, griddle cakes, hotcakes, slapjacks. It doesn't matter what you call them, they all look great in felt. Maker Team member Felicia of @felicia_murray is bringing her own playful twist to felt food and we've brought our appetites. Keep reading for the recipe!
What is cuter than a food-themed plush? And who doesn’t love breakfast? In this project, you will make your very own squishy stack of pancakes, complete with needle felted slices of butter. Beginner embroidery stitches and simple felting makes this project perfect for those who want to dive into the world of felt. You won’t want to give this plush away after making it, although it would make a unique gift for a breakfast-loving friend!
Skill Level: Beginner
Time: 2-3 hours
1/2 yard of Toast Wool Blend Felt
Embroidery Floss - DMC 436 and 09
One ounce of Butter Corriedale Wool Roving
One ounce of Orchid Corriedale Wool Roving
Needle Felting Pen
Needle Felting Foam or Cushion
Wonder Clips or Sewing Pins
Plush Pancake Template* (click to download)
*Alternatively, cut a 12" and 8.5" circle from cardstock to use for the pattern.
1. Print the template above with “Poster” settings and tape together. Use the template to cut out the pattern pieces from Toast colored felt. You will have two 12” and two 8.5” felt circles. Freehand the cute faces and cheeks with an invisible marking pen.
2. Using a simple backstitch, embroider the eyes and smile with the dark brown (DMC 9) thread.
3. Needle felt the orchid wool to create the rosy cheeks! Place a felting cushion below the felt and start by stabbing the needle around the outside of the circle until you get a tight sphere shape.
4. Remove the invisible ink with a hair dryer or steam iron. It is always satisfying to watch the markings disappear!
5. Use wonder clips or sewing pins to secure your top and bottom pieces together.
Stitch around the perimeter with a blanket stitch using the light brown floss (DMC 436). Leave a 4”-5” opening.
6. Stuff your pancakes to make them as fluffy as you would like! I used one bag of Polyfil between the two pancakes. Continue the blanket stitch to secure the opening.
7. Now it is time to needle felt the butter! Start by cutting a 1” square of felt. Wrap the Butter wool roving over the sheet felt and needle felt directly into it until you have a smooth finish. I made two slices of butter for my plush.
8. Glue the top pancake to the bottom pancake. Then glue the cubes of butter on top.
You did “flipping” amazing! Nothing “stacks” up to what you can achieve with a little bit of creativity. I like to imagine a whole platter of breakfast food plushies, complete with maple syrup and whipped cream. Now it's time to give your pancakes some names because they will never go bad!
Thanks to Felicia for designing and writing this tutorial! You can follow her on Instagram @felicia_murray or visit her website. Stay tuned for more tutorials from the Benzie Design Maker Team!