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, especially when you can make these adorable and frugal Homemade Baby Toys.
Homemade Baby Toys
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’.
This baby toy pattern is a ‘baby essential’ today. It’s a comfort blanket, soother, toy and cuddle blanket all in one. It will most likely be baby’s favorite plaything, often going everywhere with them. In fact, you might want to make two now so that you can swap them out and toss them in the wash every now and then. You can try making two different types – a quiet snuggle version, and a more active play version with crinkle lining. You’ll find directions for both types of tag blankets below.
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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
How to Make a Tag Blanket:
Step 1: Cut out your two fabric pieces.
TIP – Don’t cut the minky using a rotary cutter and a self-healing cutting mat or 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.
Step 2: 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.
Step 3: 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.
Step 4: Baste all of the ribbons in place with a quarter inch seam and then remove all of the pins.
Step 5: 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.
Optional: 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 small pins can easily disappear in the pile of the minky.
Step 6: Stitch around the perimeter with a half-inch seam allowance, leaving a gap in one side of about 3 or 4 inches for turning.
Step 7: Trim and round off the corners.
Step 8: 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 lose its pile. If it really needs a press, press onto a thick towel, with the minky face down using low heat.
Step 9: Topstitch 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!
These 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. Looking for other baby toys to make? Check out this Sunshine Ribbon Toy or these Perfect Baby Burp Cloths.
Ready to try your hand at a few more baby projects? Here are a few to get you started:
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This Homemade Baby Toys Sewing Project was originally published on Little House Living in September 2014. It has been updated as of September 2019.