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In today’s post, we’re talking about the quintessential taco dinner ingredient: taco meat! Spicy, salty, and even a little greasy, this classic ground beef preparation is essential for any American-style taco dinner. We’ll be reproducing it from soft brown acrylic felt.

Getting Started

Go ahead and get your giggles out now- there was definitely plenty of snickers and poop emoji references when constructing this little brown log of taco meat. Though giggle-worthy, it’s a simple pattern that’s easy for beginner sewers, fits great in our felt taco shells, and is a size and shape that’s easy for young hands to pick up and play with their play kitchen.

In the photo above you can see all the ingredients in our taco dinner set

The most important part for making taco fillings is getting the color just right. For this project, we used brown acrylic felt.

Sewing the Taco Meat

To make the meat I begin with two identical strips of felt-  2 rectangles cut about 7″ by 2.3″, with jagged and scalloped edges.

Easy DIY instructions for making taco meat for a felt taco play set

To start stitching, just quickly start stitching a running stitch along the edge and basically just making a tube. We’ll lather gather and fill this tube, for texture, but for now, just stitch the short edge and one of the long sides.

Easy DIY instructions for making taco meat for a felt taco play set

When 3/4ths of the tube is stitched, pause and add just a little bit of stuffing. You don’t want it to be overfilled, but you can just insert some felt scraps to give it a little dimension, and then keep stitching, completing the circle joining the two sides together.

Easy DIY instructions for making taco meat for a felt taco play set

Next, we want to gather the fabric a bit to add texture. If you are using a heathered/variegated shade of felt you’ll already have a lot of dimensions just from the depth of the color shading, but adding a 3-D effect with gathering makes a huge difference as well.

Easy DIY instructions for making taco meat for a felt taco play set

Easy DIY instructions for making taco meat for a felt taco play set

Easy DIY instructions for making taco meat for a felt taco play set

Once  “taco meat” tube (yes, I know it looks like poop. 😂) is stitched, use strong thread (or multiple strands of embroidery thread as shown here) to add a long running stitch down the length. Gather the stitch for the fabric is slightly bunched, and then tie the thread off. The bunched up fabric won’t be able to lay flat, so the texture adds some fun, some dimensionality, and some realism.

Easy DIY instructions for making taco meat for a felt taco play set

Repeat that stitch-and-gather on both sides. If you just do it on one side, the felt curls over, but if you repeat on both sides the tube should lie flat, but textured.

Easy DIY instructions for making taco meat for a felt taco play set

Easy DIY instructions for making taco meat for a felt taco play set

Once the gathers are finished, tie off your thread, trim, and you have a perfect little taco filling to pair with a felt taco shell for your felt taco playset

 

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A free and easy to follow tutorial for making felt taco meat for felt food play.

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