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Felt food Latkes Tutorial

23 Nov


latkes3(Welcome Parents Magazine Guests!) Everyone knows that on Chanukkah (Hanukkah or Hanuka- however you want to spell it!)  you eat oily foods. The oily foods most connected with Chanukkah are potato latkes (pancakes) and sufganiot (donuts.) This tutorial will show a very simple latke pattern.


  • Felt or other fabric
  • stuffing (I used old worn out tshirt material)
  • thread
  • needle

latkes11. Cutting: Latkes are not a particular shape, they are sort of round, but not exactly so cut two identical roundish shapes by folding over or layering your fabric of choice. As you can see, mine was brown felt. I cut my felt in an irregular oval/rectangular shape with scallopy edges.


Latke and stuffing2.Filling: I decided to top-stitch this latke but you could also stitch on the reverse side leaving an opening, reverse the latke to the correct side and then fill it. For a top stitching scenario, it is necessary to layer your filling between your two pieces. My filling was old t-shirts cut into rectangles smaller than the length and breadth of the latke.


latkes23. Stitching- I stitched from the outside in in a circular pattern but one could start from the center and move outwards or write “latke” or any pattern.

I chose brown felt and pink thread for this latke (see top photo of the latke in the frying pan,) but one could also reuse old t-shirts and use fabric markers or whatever material and thread of interest.

I am making a sufgania (donut) for my daughter with t-shirt material using a pom pom as the jelly filling. She has been asking me to finish it, a few times a day and I only started it yesterday. The latke has been a big hit with her (she even brought it for “show and tell”) and  I have also been asked to make some more latkes (for someones besides my daughter.) I think I’ll ask the chug (class) if they’d like to make them too. I forgot to bring it up last week but not to worry they’re doing fun projects.

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11 Responses to “Felt food Latkes Tutorial”

  1. Chavi December 3, 2009 at 3:13 am #

    This is really cute! I want to see a picture of the sufganiya when it’s done.

  2. AK December 3, 2009 at 4:16 am #

    I love these! My kids play a game seeing if they can “flip” their latke in the pan.

  3. Joanna Shebson December 3, 2009 at 6:23 am #

    Meira you are so creative and you make these art projects look so simple. I am excited to give it a try. Considering my boys won’t eat latkes, it will be a nice way to have latkes in the house 🙂

  4. meira December 3, 2009 at 1:05 pm #

    Thanks for the nice notes. A small picture of the t-shirt sufganiya can be found in another post but if i make more out of felt, I’ll post those too.

  5. RB December 3, 2009 at 1:51 pm #

    These look good enough to eat without all the oil.

  6. Tali December 4, 2009 at 7:09 am #

    What a great idea – I think my son will love the felt latkes. Have you tried using a glue gun instead of sewing them closed? I wonder if that would work as well… Anyway, keep the great ideas coming!

  7. cathie gittleman November 30, 2010 at 8:23 pm #

    thanks for showing me how to make a felt latke. I am responsible for making these for a party at my daughters school this Thursday and really was at a loss for how to do it!!

    thank you, cathie

  8. admin December 1, 2010 at 8:54 am #

    I’m glad it was useful!
    Hanukkah Sameach!

  9. Johng641 August 27, 2014 at 5:37 pm #

    Please add more movies related to cooking if you have, because I wish for to learn more and more about all recipes of cooking.

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