How to Make a Felt Baby Toy with a Crinkly, Crackly Recycled Surprise!comments (21) April 12th, 2009
My baby daughter, Pearl, loves to grab tantalizing forbidden things like newspapers, grocery bags, and wipes packages and make them crackle and crinkle in her hands! I've been thinking about sewing her something new to play with and thought of sneaking in an empty wipes package as a secret interior crackler. She loves my Big-Eyed Owl from Button It Up, but his covered-button eyes and triangular button claws aren't baby-friendly. Until she graduates to big-girl toys, I thought a soft, all-felt owl with a satisfying crackle would be a nice surprise. I sewed this project during her nap, and when she woke up and saw him, she made an immediate grab for her new crinkly treasure. Success!
What you'll need:
- Wool or acrylic felt in three different colors-main body, eyes background, and eyes centers + nose
- Needle and thread
- Sharp scissors
- Sewing machine (recommended)
- Batting or stuffing
- One or two empty wipes packages
1. Cut out two owl (or other animal) shapes from your first color of wool felt. I used a basic Button-Eyed Owl pattern from my book, Button It Up, adapted to be a bit larger for grabby baby hands. You can download a PDF of that one right here. My green owl version is enlarged and widened a bit from the original blue button-eyed one-it measures 9-1/2 inches tall and 8-1/2 inches across.
2. Cut out two 2-inch circles from your second color (mine were blue) and two 1-inch circles and one 1-1/2-inch triangle from your third color of felt (mine were brown) to form the eyes and nose/beak for your owl.
3. Hand-stitch your large circles into place on the front of your owl. I used a backstitch with tiny stitches showing on the front for maximum durability. Now add your smaller circles over the large ones. (You can also stitch down your nose now; I waited until the end to sew mine on so I could see the placement once it was stuffed.)
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