Homemade Baby Toys

by Merissa on September 8, 2014

in Frugal Kids, Sewing Projects

Homemade Baby Toys - Little House Living

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.

Homemade Baby Toys

To make your comfort blanket

Supplies:

  • 12 inch square of flannel or other soft fabric
  • 12 inch square of minky
  • assorted ribbons
  • crinkle liner for the play version - I suggest a washed cereal bag

Homemade Baby Toys

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.

Homemade Baby Toys

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.

Homemade Baby Toys

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.

Homemade Baby Toys

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.

Homemade Baby Toys

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.

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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.

Homemade Baby Toys

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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1 nancy September 8, 2014 at 7:00 am

I love the taggie you made. I’m going to try it. Thanks for sharing!!

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2 Deby at So Sew Easy September 9, 2014 at 9:51 am

I hope it turns out well for you Nancy.

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3 kukafera September 9, 2014 at 2:57 am

Baby things are so cute!!! I love these ones!!

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4 Tara Brelinsky September 9, 2014 at 10:51 am

So cute and simple. Someone gave my son a similar tag blanket with ten tags and a religious picture on the fabric. It is meant to help teach the rosary (there are ten prayers in each decade). So your project can be really versatile.

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5 Deby at So Sew Easy September 9, 2014 at 9:11 pm

That’s a really nice idea. No reason why toys can’t have an educational feature too.

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6 Kristina and Millie September 9, 2014 at 8:11 pm

such fun fabric! I have making one of these on my list of things to do, thanks for the tute, now I will do it right the first time 🙂

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7 Shecki @ Greatly Blessed September 9, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Oh, I remember making a bunch of these when my 10 year old was a baby. 🙂 Thanks for the sweet trip down memory lane!

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8 Michelle September 10, 2014 at 5:29 pm

This is so cute! I have a few friends getting ready to have babies, so I’m going to save this and make some for them for their new cuties! Great tutorial!
-Michelle @ TheGraciousWife.com

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9 Deby at So Sew Easy September 11, 2014 at 9:20 am

Sounds like a great plan. This will be a quick project if you get all your supplies together and sew them all at once.

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10 Pam @Threading My Way September 12, 2014 at 6:05 am

Such a bright, fun and tactile toy, Deby.

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11 Stephanie @ Sustaining the Powers September 12, 2014 at 8:44 pm

Stopping by from Say G’day Saturday. These comfort blankets are so so adorable!! Your photos are awesome as well. I have 3 pregnant friends and am hoping to get pregnant myself soon, so I will definitely be making some of these soon. Pinned!

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12 Deby at So Sew Easy September 13, 2014 at 3:20 pm

Goodness, with all those new arrivals on the way, you’ll need to be sewing them production line style like I was. At least this way, its very quick to make 3 at once.

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13 Julie September 13, 2014 at 7:57 am

I love these Deby, so cute and easy to make. Thanks for the simple tutorial too.

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14 T'onna @ USS Crafty September 14, 2014 at 2:10 am

So adorable! I definitely want to make a taggy blanket for my baby boy. That sun is beyond adorable, too.

Navy Wifey Peters @ Submarine Sunday Link Party!

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15 Wendy September 14, 2014 at 5:44 pm

I used to make dolls out of outgrown children’s socks. I would use small pieces of scrap fabric to make simple clothes for them as well. I’m relatively new to sewing (again), so not made many baby items, other than quilts!
Now I wish my youngest grandchild wasn’t as old as she is so I could make these for her…maybe make them and donate to a pregnancy center or for children in emergency situations, I’ll have to find a need so I can make them!

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16 Deby at So Sew Easy September 14, 2014 at 7:44 pm

That’s a really lovely idea Wendy. I’m sure there are lots of groups out there who would be delighted if you made some of these for them.

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17 Kathleen September 14, 2014 at 8:31 pm

Wow! This is incredible. I love them! Great idea too. You’re right. Baby towns are so expensive. Thank you for linking up to Tips and Tricks. Hope to see you again this week.

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18 Barb @ A Life in Balance September 15, 2014 at 7:49 am

Thanks for sharing your post at Motivation Monday last week! Your post is one of this week’s features!

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19 Ginger September 16, 2014 at 6:36 pm

You are so right. I never could figure out why baby things were so expensive. They grow out of them so fast. Thanks for linking up to Gingerly Made!

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20 Lynn October 30, 2014 at 4:50 pm

I use the packaging from baby wipes for the crinkle sound .

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21 [email protected] April 22, 2015 at 9:02 am

I love this!! I have 7 month old grandaughter wholoves to eat the tags on everthing!! The ribons on the edges are just like the tags!!Going to have to ry!! Found you on Wine’d Down Wednesday!! I would love if you stop by my place tomorrow and share some of yor favorite things on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday – Link party!! I’d love to have you!!

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22 Theresa @DearCreatives April 30, 2015 at 2:57 pm

Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight Party. Pinned & shared. Hope to see you again soon.

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23 Betsy April 10, 2016 at 8:29 pm

Should all material be washed before making anything, blankets from flannel or cotton or fleece??? Some say Yes wash before making and some say they never wash before making something. Do or Do not! Thank you for the video! Can’t wait to start making some of these toys! (as soon as you let me know)

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24 Merissa April 10, 2016 at 8:35 pm

It depends on what you are making but with baby blankets or toys, yes, the fabric should be washed first.

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25 Christi May 15, 2016 at 10:22 pm

Im a beginner machine embroiderer and my first grandbaby will be 6mo tomorrow! I just graduated from nursing school and they just moved 6 hrs away to Savannah, GA! It KILLS me so I like to make surprises when I am missing her terribly. The embroidery machine is basically for her! Lol!! Anyway, what do you use for the crinkle liner? She loves them.

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