This Nap Time Craft is to make a feely cube as a baby toy. The cube is soft for babies to hold and contains bells to rattle.
For this project you will need:
- Six squares of fabric
- Scraps of felt for numbers
- Sewing machine
- Embroidery pins
- Toy stuffing
- Needle and thread
Begin by cutting out the numbers 1 to 6 in different coloured felt. Pin them onto the squares of fabric. Sew them onto the squares using a sewing machine.
Pin four of the squares into a line. Sew them together with a quarter-inch seam allowance.
Pin the remaining two squares either side of the second square down, and sew them on.
Now it’s time to make the squares into a cube. Begin with one of the side squares. Lift its edge up and pin it to the top square. Sew them with a quarter-inch seam allowance. Repeat with the other side square. This forms two sides of the cube.
Continue pinning squares together to form the remaining sides of the cube, then sew them together. Once you get to your final side to stitch, sew it together, but leave an inch gap. This is so you can turn the cube the right way out, and stuff it.
Turn the cube the right way round by pushing it through the gap. Use a pencil to push the corners out.
Pack the cube with toy stuffing and push the bells into the middle of the cube. You want to stuff it with plenty of stuffing so it is nice, soft and cuddly.
Close the remaining gap with a needle and thread. I used a slip stitch. I made a few different cubes for Little Button to try. For the other two (pictured), the one on the left had different textured fabrics, such as fluffy and cord, and had a rattle in. The cube on the right had different patterns and coloured fabrics. I placed crunchy material between a few of the sides to give added texture. (Tip: the pull-off lid from a packet of baby wipes makes a great crinkly filling. Tuck it inside one of the sides of the cube before adding the stuffing.)