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!
Hi there! I just love this idea! It there a page on how to make the veggie garden? Thanks in advance~ Erika
Terri Stutzman says
I love this site. My granddaughters have 3 of the Wellie Wisher dolls and getting the other 2 for Christmas. We get together every week to try and do something with the dolls. Would love to make them a tree house or something fun. I did make them a tent.
Thanks so much Terri! I bet the tent turned out adorable! The mud pies are really fun to make!
Love this! Wonderful to find a way to create this as AG doesn’t offer the option to purchase just the WW mud pie accessories.
What bottle lid/cap did you use for the pie tin? Can you tell me what product it was from?
Also, I noticed the white watering can in the photo – and it’s just the right size for WW! Where did you find it?
I’m excited to see what you find to craft for the Wellie Wishers next! Please keep sharing, as I haven’t found many resources that share DIY WW items 🙂
The pie pans are mini tartlet pans from Sur la Table. The link is in the blog post. For some reason I believe you might have to call the store to order by phone instead of their website. I have also seen a 3 inch size tartlet pan at Michaels. The watering can in these pictures came with the Garden Set from the Lemon Bay Doll Company.
Your pies are adorable and a lot more affordable. I love making felt foods. I did a lot of them at 3/4 scale for my twin grandsweeties. Their mom was overwhelmed with the mess potential of all the little pieces. I also made felt hamburgers and pancakes for AG size doll for one of my other grandsweeties.
Claudia Verastegui says
Thank you for this craft,I will make it soon.
Are you planning to make printables of the playhouse and more furniture like the pink bench and the mud kitchen??
I really will love to see how you do that stuff!!!
Hi Claudia, Thank you for following. I don’t have any printables as of yet. I am planning on making a mud kitchen and a wellie bed and bedding. Stay tuned.
CLAUDIA VERASTEGUI says
THANK YOU FOR THIS MUD PIES,I JUST LOVE IT!!
DO YOU HAVE PRINTABLES OF THE WELLIE WISHES PLAY HOUSE?
I WANT TO BUILT IT MY SELF!!!
BUT NEED HELP WITH THE PRINTABLES!!
I WILL SURE BE MAKING THIS MUD PIES,PERFECT FOR MY DOLLHOUSE!!!
Linda Reynolds says
I do like your mud pies much better than the A G ones!😊
Thanks Linda! My girls have played with them everyday since they were finished!
Your pies look ten times better than the AG ones! So adorable! Thank you for the adorable craft! I too am disappointed that a lot of the AG accessories don’t sell separately.
ginnie / http://www.fakingitmostly.com
Thanks Ginnie! When AG doesn’t provide the accessories it gives me a great excuse to get crafty!
What a great idea, wouldn’t have thought of baking the felt! I may have to try this.
Baking felt at low temps to create a form is super easy to do…and it saves a lot of time!
Lol both came out great!!