CraftSanity Episode 66
Meet Felt Food Maker Hilary Seabolt
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This week I'd like to introduce Hilary Seabolt, an inspiring young woman who discovered her felt toy-making talents about two years ago and launched a homemade business called Lilly Bean Market from her home in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Recently I had the pleasure of visiting Hilary in the attic studio where she creates play food out of wool felt. (She was the subject my weekly craft column published today in The Grand Rapids Press.) Each piece is machine sewn, then embellished with hand-stitching. Hillary ships felt food to shops and customers across the country and abroad. From ham and cheese sandwiches to fish dinners, cookies, cakes and good ol'  PB&J, Hilary has created a collection of 60 items to keep you and your children entertained for hours.

Order her fun creations online and (NOTE: The shopping cart on her site in under construction, but you can still place orders by e-mailing or calling (616) 780-2924. Or, if you live in West Michigan a limited selection of Hilary’s toys are available at Hop Scotch children’s store, 963 Cherry St. SE.


Hilary made my day when she showed me how to make her delightful felt fortune cookies.

These are very cute and super easy to make.

Download the instructions I wrote up after Hilary schooled me in the art of fortune cookie-making. She took some great photos to illustrate the directions, so enjoy!

Thanks for sharing, Hilary!

Enter to win this wool felt sandwich made in Grand Rapids, Michigan by Hilary Seabolt, owner of Lilly Bean Market.

Post a comment below the podcast write up about a food toy you've made or suggest a food you'd like to see Hilary make out of felt. (You can comment about something you heard during the podcast and that will count, too.)

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