Wednesday, June 22, 2011
The most effective baby toy ever - Tutorial!
Behold, the best baby toy ever. At least, that's what Olive thinks. This little toy has bought me all sorts of quiet time. Dude, she is playing with it right now as I write this post. As someone who has long considered herself a toymaker, I have mixed feelings about this toy. On the one hand, it works! The baby likes it! Isn't that what it's all about? On the other hand, boy, is it ugly.
In any case, I'll let you decide. Here's a tutorial. Make it for the busy little ones in your life.
What's really cool about this toy is that you can just use whatever you have on hand. Here's what I used, though:
6" square of silky fabric
6" square of fleece
Felt in 3 colors
Various ribbons in various lengths
Needle & thread
Sewing machine (Optional, but helpful)
First, cut two circles roughly 6" across. Seriously, roughly is fine. This thing is going to get spit all over it.
Then cut your ribbon into various lengths. I used 9 pieces of ribbon ranging from 13" to 4". Cut your felt into three 2.5" x 2.5" squares.
Stack the pieces of felt on the right side of the fleece. I staggered them a bit, like so:
Now sew them in place.
Here's where it starts looking crazy. Arrange your ribbons on top of the fleece, wrong side up. Pin the ends in place. You may want to turn some of the longer ribbons into loops. Just pin both ends to the edge in that case.
See the big fat purple ribbon on top? LOOP!
Now, carefully carefully carefully sew the ribbons in place. Just sew in a circle, making sure to catch at least one end of each ribbon.
Place the silky circle right side down on top of the fleece piece. Pin in place, being careful that all ribbons are tucked safely in the center. Sew in a circle, leaving about a 1" opening.
Now, it should look like this:
A total mess. Anyway, turn that bad boy inside out, stuff it with polyfill, and then sew the gap closed thusly:
Needle, thread, pinching the raw ends in. Boom.
There! You're done! I hope this toy brings you and your favorite little one hours of enjoyment.
This is machine washable. Toss it in the machine cold, then hang it to dry from one of those loops you put in. Easy peasy.