Thursday, August 18, 2011

Your Very Own Pizza Parlor!

When we went to the Children's Museum of the Desert, one of the things my kids loved was their pizza parlor.

Here is a pic from that day...
Emma's pizza at the museum.

Well, we've been working on getting our store ready, but today when my older girls got to go somewhere special, Emma and I decided to get started on our very own pizza parlor. Here's how we did it.

First, cut two circles of a beige/tan fabric in whatever size you like (we made individual size pizzas). Put some batting on the bottom side and stack the fabrics wrong sides out. (see photo) Sew them almost all the way around, then turn right side out and sew the remaining portion. Mine aren't very neat, but they do the job! (Hey, I'm new at this sewing thing. Other than this, I haven't really sewed anything...besides hand-sewing--since Mrs. Buch's Home Ec. class in 9th grade!) If you don't have a sewing machine, they DO have fabric glue that you can use. I'm sure it would work fine.
2 pieces of fabric, wrong sides out, on top of a piece of batting.

Sew almost all the way around.

Leave a small opening so you'll be able to turn it right side out.

In the process of turning right side out.

Gather the edge neatly & sew on the outside.

Yeah, yeah, I know my sewing is sort-of messy. Get over it! lol...
One slightly odd-shaped finished crust! :)

Then you cut out slightly smaller red felt circles for the sauce.

Next, take some shelf liner (I got mine at Walmart) and cut it a bit smaller than the red felt circles. This will be your cheese. You can then cut it into sixths for a more fun time (the more pieces to put on, the better!).
Crust, sauce & cheese.

After that, you can make whatever toppings you like. We used some black cylindrical foam (we found this in the plumbing section of Lowe's. You just slice it or cut it with scissors for some great black olives! While we were at Lowe's, we grabbed some yellow sponge and cut it into triangles for pineapple. I forgot to make the pepperoni in my pics, but you can just use the red felt for that. As you can see in the museum picture above, they used some white foam (available at Joann Fabrics) and traced some black on the edges for mushrooms. They also used some sort of green sponge for green bell peppers. We haven't made our parlor yet, but I imagine we will use a box of some sort & paint it or decorate it! We may do the same thing for our pizza pans. :)
Our 5 mini crusts, sauce, cheese, black olives & pineapple. 

Happy pizza-making!!! :)