My boys are at that fun stage where every object they see is a fascinating discovery to be stared at and grabbedfor and intently studied and finally, put in their mouths and chomped on. They especially love bright colors and interesting textures. This project is a great toy for this 6-month stage, but also wonderful for younger babies, since it’s bright, soft, lightweight, and easy to grab, and also for older kids who can stack them (then knock over) with no damage. Older kids can even make them themselves with a little grown-up help.
Here’s what you need for each block:
- Fleece (or felt)**
- Embroidery floss
- A needle with an eye big enough for the floss
- Good, sharp scissors (you know, the ones you only use for fabric!)
- Stuffing (batting, fabric scraps, the stuffing from an old pillow… You could even use beans for a different feel.)
1. Cut your fleece into squares. You need 6 squares per block. I made mine 4 inches square, but 2 or 3 inches square would go much faster.
(Pardon the gratuitous fleece shot. It was just so pretty!)
2. Lay out your fleece as shown below, to be sure you will actually end up with a cube.
3. Working your way around the block, sew wrong sides together using a blanket stitch. (I found that it doesn’t make much difference which seams you do first.) Leave the final seam open so you can stuff it.
4. Stuff your block and stitch that final seam shut. Done! You made a toy!
Go ahead, make a few! Get crazy and sew/ embroider/ stencil letters on them; spell a name; use crazy patterns! And have a blast.
**For my 4-in. x 4-in. block, I needed 8-in. x 12-in. (if I was using all one color). A 3-in. x 3-in. in one color would need 6-in. x 9-in.; a 2-in. x 2-in. would need a 4-in. x 6-in. piece.