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DIY: How to Make Felt Donuts

Photograph by Denise Cortes

I’m the kind of person who can pass by a table full of cupcakes, cookies and cake without batting an eyelash. Sweet confections are a tasty treat every once in a while but they aren’t my weakness. Donuts are a completely different story.

I love donuts. Glazed, sprinkled, powdered, frosted, twisted and stuffed with sweet jelly—donuts are delicious any way you prepare them. I really like cinnamon rolls and bear claws, but I don’t discriminate. You really can’t beat the simplicity of a warm, freshly glazed donut, either.

National Donut Day

The first Friday of June commemorates National Donut Day and it was originally established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to honor the men and women who served donuts to soldiers during World War I. In keeping with the donut theme—but being mindful of calories and our sugar intake—let’s make a few our own donuts made from felt fabric to help celebrate this fun food holiday!

All you need is a few basic sewing skills and you’ll be making piles of adorable donuts without any of the donut guilt in no time.

Felt is easy to find and very inexpensive. I used an old CD as a template, lightly tracing the shape onto the felt square. Cut out the shapes with a sharp pair of scissors. You will need three layers to make a donut; two for the donut and a third for the frosting. You will also need some sort of poly-fill pillow stuffing to make your donuts nice and thick.

Photograph by Denise Cortes

Instructions

Step 1: Hand-stitch the pieces together using your choice of regular thread or embroidery floss. I used a combination of both. First, sew the frosting onto the top layer of the donut.

Step 2: Stitch each melty bead, or “sprinkles” onto the frosting/top layer using thread (the embroidery floss is too thick to fit inside the bead). My beads came in a variety of colors, so vary the pattern when sewing them onto the donut.

Step 3: Sew both layers together, starting in the center circle. Then sew the outside together. Leave about three inches open for the polyfill stuffing. Find a slim tool such as a chopstick or knitting needle to help pack the polyfill into the donut shape.

Step 4: Once the donut is stuffed with polyfill, sew it closed. Make sure your stitches are tightly sewn. Repeat.

Photograph by Denise Cortes

The plan was to make just a few donuts for my daughters to play with, but once I got started I couldn’t stop. Making cute things out of felt is so addicting! Strawberry, chocolate, maple and glazed--these diy felt donuts will satisfy your craving for something sweet and fun.

Photograph by Denise Cortes
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