My daughters and I have completely fallen in love with the Wellie Wisher doll line from American Girl. We were a bit disappointed that the only way to get the cute mud pies was to buy the Wellie Wisher playhouse. We had already decided to recycle Kit’s treehouse into a Wellie Wisher playhouse. I found a super easy way to create the mud pies. AND…a huge thank you goes to Pearl for requesting this craft!
Here is a picture of our inspiration, the Wellie Wisher mud pie. It has a plastic pie pan and felt pie crust and filling.
You will need a small tart pan, felt, and embroidery thread & needle, scissors, craft glue, marker.
I found a 2.5 inch Tartlet pans from Sur La Table. You can find the pans I used here: http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-7404/Gobel+Nonstick+Tartlets . Remove stickers and wash.
To create the crust, cut a piece of tan felt into a 3.25 inch circle. You can find a crust pattern here: Mud Pie Templates. Run this felt circle under water. Gently ring out. Tip- you want the felt damp, but not dripping. Center the moistened felt in between two of the tartlet pans and press firmly together. Leave the felt compressed between the two pans and place on a cookie sheet. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place sheet with compressed felt (between two tart pans) in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. When done, remove from oven and let completely cool, remove top tart pan and test to make sure the felt is dry. If felt remains damp let sit in bottom tart pan until dry.
The water / heat method will slightly shrink the felt and keep it in its form. As you can see, the felt crusts retain the tart pan shape when removed. Store in tart pan to ensure shape will continue to hold is shape.
Another option if you don’t want to bake the felt is to use fabric stiffener. Soak the felt in stiffener, press between two pans, let dry. I chose not to use fabric stiffener because I knew these little pies would have my daughters fingers all over them and didn’t want any residue on my girls.
Another option is to place the water moistened felt between two tartlet pans and let dry on its own. However, this will day a few days.
For the pie filling cut two 2.5 inch circles from brown felt. Please see above pdf for pie filling template. Use yellow embroidery thread and with a simple over under stitch close the edges. When almost closed you can put a small amount of fiber fill into the center or fill with recycled felt scraps. You don’t need a lot of filling. I wanted a little depth to the pie. AG’s version is completely flat. Once stuffed, continue simple stitches, close, and tie shut.
Using a sharpie marker in a coordinating color I drew a six petal flower onto a piece of yellow felt. The flower was cut out. I used pink embroidery thread and used a simple up and over single stitch on each petal. Each stitch was tied individually on back side. Using pink felt, I cut a tiny circle for the flower’s center. Stitch center to flower with a simple up and over stitch and tie in back. I cut a small leaf from green felt. The leaf and flower were glued in place with craft glue.
Our version of the Wellie Wisher Mud Pies look great with the Lemon Bay Doll Company’s Doll Garden, which you can find here: http://lemonbaydoll.com/listing/225884167/doll-garden-for-american-girl-18-inch . On our wish list is the Lemon Bay Doll Company’s Doll Potting Table: http://lemonbaydoll.com/listing/228570383/doll-potting-table-collection-for . We can’t wait until the new flower set for the garden is available!
I’m crushing on how cute the mud pies turned out! They will be perfect for our version of the Wellie Wisher playhouse!
My youngest daughter volunteered to help me with this photo shoot. I look around and this is what she is up to…making REAL mud pies and photobombing by phone! Haha love that kiddo!