Soft Play Cube – Tutorial

I saw this idea on Pinterest and decided it was so cute I wanted to make one as well so here goes.

The starting size of your squares will determine how big the cube is I cut my squares out 6×6 inch which resulted in a large cube so would recommend \4 inches if want it smaller. You will need 6 squares of various fabrics-

I used cotton, baby cord, Sherpa fleece, polar fleece and sweatshirt fabric for mine. All soft and with a couple different textures.

First decide on your layout and any extras you wish to add on and where they may go. I added colourful ribbon and a teething ring. I chose to add the ring on 2 sides so he can be lifted away from the cube without dangling too much. You could attach with one for same effect or two either side so it sits tighter to your toy.

  1. Start with your 3 middle squares (see 5 for final layout) and sew them together with 1 cm seam allowance
  2. I wanted to add lace to a square so I pinned it on and joined bottom two squares
  3. I then added them onto the middle square from step one. When joining be sure to have your seams open it creates better corners and less bulk
  4. Sew up your ears if adding them and sandwich between the layout you’ve sewn up already and the final square which is sewn onto top.
  5. Final layout. started with horse, mint and star squares, joined spotty and floral together then added to bottom of mint and finally ears with fluffy pink at very top
  6. I decided to add a face to mine as it’s a bunny. I hand embroidered but you can draw on with fabric pens, iron vinyl on or maybe you’ve an embroidery machine.

7. You will slowly join all your squares up to form a cube with a lid. Do this by folding up the 3 starter squares and joining to the spotty square, then add the floral one to the mix and you form a box.

8. To complete the final square pin all the sides in place. Starting at green square you will sew down to purple but leave 1 cm. With needle down lift up machine foot and pivot. Sew to blue and repeat pivoting. Sew about an inch in and back stitch. Leaving a gap rejoin about another inch away and continue to red square.

Turn out and stuff well then close up with hand stitches.

9. When sewing your squares together be sure the rest of the cube is out of the way of the needle so you don’t sew bits together or create unnecessary bulk.

You have your own cube toy. It isn’t an easy project joining squares to be 3d but it is fun. I also make this teething toy using velour and towelling. Just click the picture for the link to the tutorial by Willow and Stitch

 

Baby gown from mans t-shirt

I wanted to make some baby gowns but fabric cost can mount up whereas you can get a t-shirt for a few pounds so I decided to see what I could get and show you how to cut your own out.

You will first need the pattern by visiting Stitching Together Blog. 

I always buy 2xl or larger but this works on XL also.

  1. Cut off both sleeves on the t-shirt not on the sleeve itself. Then cut across the shoulders and neck
  2. Line up your neck and side seams so you now have front folded in half and back folded in half separately. You will lay your front and back pattern pieces along the fold you mad and cut it out
  3. Next grab the excess bit that is the original t-shirt seam and fold both layers in half.
  4. Lay your sleeve pattern on the fold. You will have a seam in your sleeve so if don’t like that you may need a spare t-shirt just for sleeves. However the seam is very soft so I wasn’t bothered.
  5. On 3xl t-shirts you can cut your binding from just above the hem. On smaller sizes they fit perfectly on the sleeve.
  6. Cut front and back binding from one sleeve and sleeve cuffs if wish.

You can refer back to stitched together to complete your garment which is such a fast sew! Here are some I made. As can see my choice was limited so if want more funky prints you may be better getting fabric or if want girly fabrics. However I was able to make 4 for £10 which is a bargain compared to shop prices.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt- story spoons and cave

I saw this idea on Pinterest but wanted to make it my own so here is my tutorial. You will need various bits of scrap felt or other non fraying fabric plus some wooden spoons. I got mine from a local pound shop.

GRASS

  1. Cut long triangle pieces from green. You can use various shades if wish.
  2. I cut some slightly wider and used these as my base to cover the spoon
  3. Keep layering more around sides protruding slighting onto handle
  4. Finish off with some longer ones in middle and cover base of grass with a piece of ribbon or fabric strip.

MUD

  1. 1.Cut out 5 circles from brown approx. 6 cm across.
  2. Sew a running stitch around the edge of the circle
  3. Pull tight and stuff. Secure thread so doesn’t loosen
  4. Flatten the ball you just made and stick all onto the spoon.

RIVER

  1. Cut out wavy strips of blue felt and stick onto your spoon as a base layer
  2. Cut out various bits of ribbon and stick on one end so they wave around. Seal ends with a lighter so they don’t unravel
  3. Cut out some thinner felt pieces and stick on at 3 points so they are slightly raised and more wave like.

SNOW AND TREES

  1. Stick blue or white ribbon at various angles onto your spoon leaving at least 6 inches. Leave to dry ensuring ends are sealed with a lighter.
  2. Stick white polystyrene balls all over and leave to dry. You will need strong glue to do this.
  3. For the twigs cut a rectangle out approx length of the spoon and 3 cm wide. Fold in 1 cm and fold other side in and glue down.
  4. Make various colours and glue onto the spoon. Make small leaves and glue on.

CAVE

  1. Cut out cardboard and 2 pieces of felt in desired cave floor shape. You will glue the cardboard onto both pieces
  2. Lift up edges and glue down smoothing edges so cardboard is enclosed. Trim.
  3. Cut out a bigger piece of felt that is same length as cave but wider. How wide you cut it depends on how tall you wish your cave to be, You will create folds at the back which will help shape it.
  4. Put glue along back of cave floor and glue folded edge of cave down
  5. Place glue up one side of the cave floor and stick down. Now do same for other side.
  6. Trim the edges and round corners.

BEAR

Find a template you like either online or draw your own. You could even enlarge my picture and draw round it. Cut 2 shapes out of felt. Using blanket stitch start attaching them at the edge.

Keep going till nearly finished and stuff. This is the best time to sew any features on so can hide any stitching and knots inside, then finish sewing up. Glue on eyes, ears and a belly.

Mine is designed to fit in my cave but you can make yours bigger or smaller.

Now wave your swirly snowstorm about, prod your squelchy mud and flap your swishy grass to tell the story of when you found……

   ….. A BEAR!!!!

 

Bed pocket tidies

I’ve been slacking a little lately with blogs. I’ve been so busy I’ve really been making much and I keep forgetting to post. One reason I’ve been busy is moving my kids around. My biggest kid needs his own room and littlest kid needs a new bed so we’re shuffling about meaning they all need a handy bed tidy and this is the perfect project to use my Aldi Harry Potter fabrics for.

1.First up you need pattern pieces you will need 2 of each:  main pieces 27 x 34 cm, book pocket (middle red fabric in pic 1) 20x34cm, front pockets 12 x 34cm and 6 strap pieces 36 x 8 cm.

2. Place both pieces of book pocket and front pockets with pattern sides facing and sew along the top edge. With the straps place them pattern sides facing but will be sewing 3 of the sides ( both long edges and one short). The unfinished edge will be tucking in to the book tidy so if you’re bother about pattern direction ensure its goin up from the unsewn edge.

3. Open each piece out and iron the seam flat. Fold back over so the pattern is now showing and iron again to flatten,

4. Place front pockets on top of book pocket and find the centre. Sew through the centre on top of front pocket to create 2 smaller ones.

5. Once you’ve turned out and ironed the straps  place them pattern side down onto front main section piece. I place 2 outer ones 2.5 cm in and the middle was lined up with the centre. Place the back main piece on top and sew across the top. Repeat step 3 and iron it open.

6. Place the sewn book and front pocket piece pattern side down on the back piece. Keeping straps out of the way of seams place the front piece down and pin in place. Sew around all sides ensuring you’ve sewn the sides of the pockets in place. Leave a gap for turning and turn out then top stitch.

7. Cut out 3 lots of Velcro and place as shown in picture. One should be hook one should be loop on each strap. Sew in place.

Originally I wanted 2 smaller pockets for the book section but I also decided to do a bigger pocket version for my toddler because toddler books are never small. The small front pockets are great for cars, lego figures, mini torches, lip balm even tissues and trinkets.

Due to the fact I didn’t interface my fabrics the book pocket does gape a little but doesn’t affect use at all. Now to make 2 more and see whether I can perfect the design or not.

Soother Clips

We lose so many of this damn things it drives me crazy so I decided to make a rainbow set and use different clips. My last lot kept pinging off due to way they were designed so you may have a soother clip but no actual clip attached!

You’ll need clips mine are 25mm wide, lengths of ribbon the same width, lighter, ruler and some snaps. (1) Mine were around 35cm long.

Start off by sealing one end of your ribbon with the lighter and placing through the clip so it goes towards the back (2). Once through fold over the raw edge and pin in place just above the clip so that edge is hidden (4). Now measure from the folded edge to 22cm along then add enough extra so it will go through a dummy and clip in place. I like to fold the edge under so may need an extra 1-2 cm for this aswell. You will be folding at the 22cm mark and pin in place where you want your snaps to meet.

Using a triple stitch – number 17 (6) stitch down the clip end of the ribbon. (5) If you don’t wish to sew you can attach a snap here to join this section with smooth side facing up.

On other end go through all 3 layers or 2 if you’re not folding it under with an awl. This is where your snaps will go. (7) Place your snap through so the working side is on same side as fold and neater smoother side is facing out. (8) Place the opposite side into other hole again so the working side is facing same way as other one or they wont meet.

You’re done! Why 22cm though? well this is the maximum legal length a soother clip can be before its deemed a strangulation risk. Of course it is your choice but please only use when supervised and be aware of the dangers. These are also not designed to be used when sleeping

Clips were bought here. Various ribbons were bought on eBay just search for grosgrain ribbon.

Fabric Fish – Pattern and Tutorial

So my youngest is obsessed with fish. It’s easy to say and the most common animal he will see in water which also fascinates him so I decided he needed a fish.

I took an image off google and adapted it into a pattern for sewing (original source is linked on the file) Start off by cutting 2 of every piece: fabric fishREMEMBER to mirror them or cut on folded fabric so you have 2 opposites of each. I used cotton for most the fish and felt for piece 3 due to size.

  1. Pin under the curved edge of fish head (piece 1) and pin into the main body of your fish (piece 7).
  2. Top stitch fish head in place then position number 3 fin and stitch along straight edge.
  3. Again remember to sew these on opposites. I’ve shown the fish pieces the same way but they don’t match due to being mirrored. Sew the rest of the pieces in pairs and turn out.
  4. Using original image as a guide pin all your pieces on to one fish section as shown.
  5. Place other piece 7 on top and sew round leaving a gap for turning ( I left my gap at the bottom) Turn out and stuff full. Using a ladder stitch close up your fish.
  6. You’re done. You can add eyes at step 2 or leave it as it is to reduce small parts.

It’s always better to over stuff than under as it gives a better shape even when it’s flatten from being handled, sat on or thrown around. This was a simple make for my son with no small parts. He is 2 and I supervise his play however if you are giving as a gift or selling please consider looking into CE testing.

Rip Stop Makes- game bag and wet bag

Rip stop is a great strong fabric that is thin enough to be flexible, water resistant but also super easy to wash even on a hot wash. It is also cheap at about £3-5 a metre.

I have used this fabric to make small drawstring bags, sling covers, bags and many more things. Today I’m going to show you have to make a bag for playing games and a large wet bag.

  1. Start off with 2 squares 31×31 cm. Placing them right sides together pin in place.  From the bottom corners mark up 10cm and the same across the bottom. Do this for both corners.
  2. Start sewing from the top using a 1 cm seam allowance. When you reach the first pin start to curve around the corner to the second pin along bottom then do same for other pins to create a curved bottom. Trim and turn bag right way out
  3. Cut  5 strips of webbing at 8cm long. I used 2.5cm wide webbing and sealed the ends with a lighter.
  4. Fold around D-rings a suitable size and pin.
  5. Fold over the top edge inside 1 cm and pin in place
  6. Pin the webbing around the top edge so the top of the webbing is level with the edge of the bag. I placed mine approx. 8 cm apart.
  7. Sew around the bag securing the 1cm turn over and at same time securing the webbing. Then sew crossed squares onto each strip. This helps secure it well and strongly
  8. Now place a ball inside and thread rope through the rings and knot.
  9. This is a perfect group game- stand in a circle with one side holding the rope. Swing around so it should hit the legs of the circle but the goal is to jump as you spin it round and if you get caught you’re out.

Next up is a large wet bag.  Cut out 2 large rectangles to size you want. I used the rest of my fabric pieces were around 30x50cm.

  1. Place one side of a zip onto the top edge of one piece and then using the other side place along top edge of other piece and sew into place.
  2. To sew past a zip stop about 5 cm away from the zip, ensuring needle is down lift the foot.
  3. Turn your work so its horizontal and gently push zip open so when you continue sewing it sits behind the foot and you can continue sewing without it getting in the way.
  4. Once in place find both hard stopper ends. Place needle back in at the top so the hard end is to the right of the foot and more importantly the needle then sew down 1cm. Keeping needle down and foot up turn your bag so youre sewing away from the zip. Sew along top, side, bottom and other side.
  5. Once you reach the other corner make sure your zip is open so when you finish you’ve not accidental sewn it shut. Repeat step 2 and 3 to sew across the opposite side of the zip but in reverse.
  6. Turn out the right away and bingo you have a large wet bag. This is fab for swimming, for the beach or for cloth nappies. You can throw it into wash just open the zip and throw it in.