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Making Doughnuts

Posted by  ·  June 5, 2008  ·  Last Updated: June 5, 2008

Today we were busy baking and making. With Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller as our inspiration we filled our tummies with yummy doughnuts.

We used 101 Cookbook’s recipe for baked doughnuts. They were (yes we ate the whole 1 1/2 dozen YIKES) delicious. I would like to believe they were healthy since they were baked—but they were dipped in butter and rolled in cinnamon sugar. We were able to make the entire recipe in the food processor. This makes quick time of the kneading (we counted to 45 slowly and it was done).

And so you don’t think we are only about weapons around here, we made felt doughnuts too. My eleven year old was amazing with his needle and his sister was thrilled to have some new play food.

First we cut out our felt circles. You may use our template if you like.


Sew the frosting to one of the doughnut pieces.

My son then sewed “sprinkles” all over the “frosting” with embroidery thread.

With right sides together sew doughnut pieces together, leaving an opening for turning

Turn doughnut right side out.

Stitch completely around the center of the doughnut. We found this easiest to do on the sewing machine. Stay as close to the edge as possible, catching the top and bottom layers.

Stuff doughnut and slip stitch dounut closed!

Ta Da!

We hope you will consider reading along with us to Reed to Feed! This funny and superfluous story gave me pause. As we are reading and eating I am reminded of how lucky we are to have an abundance of food. We can “play” with our food. This it not the case for so many. As a world population over 800 million people will go hungry today.

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  3. Tuesday, September 29th, 2015
    Oh this is so cute! I've only ever seen felt crafts in pre-made kits... thank you for sharing!
  4. cyndi
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  14. Claudia (Living with PDD-NOS)
    Wednesday, August 4th, 2010
    These donuts are really darling. They are definitely on my 'must sew' list.

    I write a blog about autism topics, and many of our children have a tendency to mouth on their toys way past their infant/toddler years. I included a link to this tutorial, so other parents with children on the spectrum can follow your awesome tutorial. Hope you have a chance to check out the entry:


    Thanks again!~
  15. Susan
    Monday, May 3rd, 2010
    I found your instructions through Ikatbag.blogspot. She totally inspired me with the dozens and dozens of doughnuts she made! Thanks for the how-to. I've made a ton of these now and the whole family loves them. The only problem is that they make me crave real donuts, and a few have snuck into the grocery cart...
  16. Rachel
    Tuesday, December 29th, 2009
    the sprinkles are too much! and the ridges on the potato chips!
  17. Sunday, October 4th, 2009
    finally made one... more to come! thanks for the tutorial.

  18. katie
    Friday, May 29th, 2009
    Great tutorial I made this and became addicted to felt food making I am currently making a felt cherry pie from the free pattern on http://americanfeltandcraft.wordpress.com/2009/05/21/can-she-bake-a-cherry-pie-free-felt-food-tutorial-cherry-pie/
    Just thought I would pass it along to all you other addicts!
  19. Mindy
    Sunday, May 3rd, 2009
    I think these are adorable, and plan on making them for my daughters first birthday...this would make a great ring toss game too! :) LOVE IT.
  20. Thursday, April 16th, 2009
    This doughnuts looks delicious. Thanks for the pattern.... ^o^
  21. Friday, March 13th, 2009
    Another great and fun one!
    I'm all over these - off to Michael's this weekend for some felt...
  22. Sunday, March 8th, 2009
    These are awesome. I have made some more labor-intensive hand stitched donuts, but there are never enough. I can see myself making a dozen (or two...) of these. Thanks for the tutorial!
  23. Connie
    Monday, March 2nd, 2009
    LOVE THESE FELTIES! I made these for my daughter's play kitchen (along with sunny-side up eggs, strawberries, and a pretzel). They came out so great I realized it would be a great project for my Home and Consumer Sciences students. I am now doing the strawberries and donuts with my class and they love them (if you use pink frosting they look very Simpsonesque). I then had another teacher ask me for the directions because she thought they'd be great pin cushions. You idea has really traveled. Thank you so much- you're in my Favorites.
  24. Sunday, January 11th, 2009
    Oh my goodness! This donut looks like the logo for my web-site, how exciting! Great tutorial : )
  25. Sunday, December 28th, 2008
    Hi Cindy, thank you again for the fabulous idea and pattern. I left a comment here on this post half a year ago and am back to link you to the crazy thing I did with your doughnut idea.
    Here it is:


    Have a wonderful new year!
  26. Arabella
    Monday, December 22nd, 2008
    Wow thanks to you and your pattern I made a fabulous Christmas gift for my niece. http://www.flickr.com/photos/arabellabenson/3126415387/in/photostream/

    Thanks so much!
  27. Saturday, December 6th, 2008
    Thanks so much for sharing,, I have to make a bakers dozen.. without the calories,, YIPPEEE
  28. Tuesday, November 4th, 2008
    Thanks for the link. Love your pattern. And the embroidery. I'll have to give these a try.
  29. Friday, September 12th, 2008
    I plan on making these felt donuts with my kids. Thanks for sharing!
  30. Wednesday, July 30th, 2008
    These are soooo cute. I want one for each of my littles for church and I want to donate them to the domestic violence shelter and amybe our church should have some for visting children...
  31. Monday, July 14th, 2008
    Wow, thanks for the tutorial. I think my daughters would love the felt donuts if I could bungle my way to make them. Your statement about how people don't even have food struck a chord with me. I think that's why I feel guilty about buying organic products and expensive toys because so many people can't afford it, not to mention even have running water. Though many organic companies do support fair trade...
  32. Lorraine Teigland
    Saturday, June 21st, 2008
    Amazing, that felt donut is! I'm SO inspired to make a whole batch for my daughters and nieces for Christmas. A slow project, yes, but just about the right pace with an infant and two little kids to entertain! Thank you for sharing the template! Am slowly, slowly setting up my own blog of crafty things and will post pictures and tell everyone about your original felt donut and how it began a whole new crafty addiction for me!
  33. Tuesday, June 10th, 2008
    Jessica Seinfeld's cookbook actually has a really yummy and HEALTHY little baked doughnut recipe!
  34. Monday, June 9th, 2008
    hi Cindy,
    I saw ur question over microkid.net for the "permalinks-moved-permanently" plugin.

    What i could suggest is to put a redirect code at your main page, mean that any visitor access skiptomylou.wordpress.com will redirect the traffic to your own domain name.

    but for the subdomain, or any article in ur current blog, I still no idea how to redirect the traffic yet :(

    I am not a pro, just few year experience over blogging. If you need any discussion, I would happy to share my idea, you can contact me via my email ;)

  35. Robyn
    Monday, June 9th, 2008
    I have missed popping in here! What a lovely post! Come by and visit when you can! Lot's of hugs!
  36. fei
    Sunday, June 8th, 2008
    How creative you are!! This looks delicious haha... Maybe you can make cake felt or pie felt ^^
  37. Saturday, June 7th, 2008
    Beautiful tutorial and lovely blog.
  38. Friday, June 6th, 2008
    Super cute felt doughnuts!!! I can't wait to make a few. Thanks for the pattern.
  39. Friday, June 6th, 2008
    I LOVE the felt donuts! Thanks for the idea!
  40. Aunt Jenny
    Thursday, June 5th, 2008
    Okay, do I have THE cutest niece and nephews or what?! -- and the donuts were yummy! And that felt donut -- that is the way I should enjoy them! Love this!
  41. vespabelle
    Thursday, June 5th, 2008
    so cute.

    Arnie the doughnut was good, but a better book about doughnuts is Mark Alan Stamaty's Who Needs Donuts? The artwork is amazing and the story is very sweet.
  42. Thursday, June 5th, 2008
    Seriously, those made me hungry. The felt ones!