Homemade Baby Toys
Have you ever wondered why clothes and toys for babies are so expensive? They only use small pieces of fabric, so why pay so much money? The tradition of knitting for new babies still continues, but why stop there when you can also create unique toys for a lot less than you can often buy them in posh 'baby boutiques'.
A 'baby essential' today: the comfort blanket, soother, or cuddle blanket. It will most likely be baby's favorite plaything, often going everywhere with them. You'll probably struggle to get this one in the wash, unless you can make several and swap them out. You could try making different types - a quiet snuggle version, and a more active play version with crinkle lining.
To make your comfort blanket
- 12 inch square of flannel or other soft fabric (Get it from Fabric.com)
- 12 inch square of minky (Get it from Fabric.com)
- assorted ribbons
- crinkle liner for the play version - I suggest a washed cereal bag
Cut out your two fabric pieces.
TIP - don't cut the minky using a rotary cutter and a self-healing cutting mat because you'll get tons of tiny bits of fluff stuck in your mat. Just use regular fabric shears and try not to stretch it as you cut.
The minky can be a little more difficult to work with so let's start on the other piece. I'm using a bright printed flannel.
Cut lengths of ribbon. I cut mine 5 inches long, and used a total of 24 pieces on a 12 inch square, 6 pieces per side.
Fold the ribbon pieces in half with the printed or satin side facing out and pin them at regular intervals around the outside, taking care not to get too close to the corners. No need to measure, just eyeball it to get them fairly even.
Baste all of the ribbons in place with a quarter inch seam and then remove all of the pins.
Place the minky square on top, right sides facing in, and pin around the edges. Use plenty of pins because the minky has a pile and so it likes to shift around. If you want to add a crinkle liner, place this on top of the minky layer now. Use pins with large or brightly colored heads because they can easily disappear in the pile of the minky.
Stitch around the perimeter with a half inch seam allowance, leaving a gap in one side of about 3 or 4 inches for turning.
Trim and round off the corners.
Turn the right side out and smooth everything flat. Don't iron directly onto the minky because it can melt, or at the very least loose it's pile. If it really needs a press, press onto a thick towel, with the minky face down using a low heat.
Top stitch around the edge with a quarter inch seam, taking care to fold in the raw edges and close up the gap you left earlier.
Snuggle and enjoy!
Homemade baby toys make great gifts for baby showers and newborns. I've been stitching away making all sorts of goodies for 3 new arrivals expected shortly. If you'd like to try your hand at a few more baby projects, check out this Sunshine Ribbon Toy or these Perfect Baby Burp Cloths.
Find more fun and simple free sewing patterns on Little House Living!
Do you sew your own homemade baby toys? We'd all love to see what you make. Share what you've made in the comments!
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