We are bringing our 6-month old baby Julien with us to Osaka tomorrow and I’ve been wanting to make a light and small portable toy for keeps in my handbag. You mommies out there know how it is – you are constantly carrying around too much stuff in your bag nowadays – diapers, wipes, an extra change of clothes, socks, blankie, towels, changing mat, etc. On top of all those, it is essential to also have a toy or two handy dandy to keep your little one entertained, just in case you get stuck in traffic or you land on some “down time”. I’ve managed to make this colorful sensory cloud just in time for our trip. Julien loves ribbons, and he can actually pulls on these ones. Babies are naturally drawn towards bright and contrasting colors, so I made sure that I used colorful materials. I have used ribbons of varying lengths, thicknesses and textures, and have added shapes on one side and his name on the other. I’m happy with this educational toy and so is Julien. I hope this will give you some inspirations!
What You Need:
- Felt sheets
- Needle and thread
- Fabric glue
1. Prepare your materials. I have selected a wide range of colors for my project. I used different colored felt sheets, and ribbons of varying colors, textures and lengths. If you have different types of fabric, it’d be even better. This is all about stimulating the baby’s senses.
2. Cut two pieces of felt sheets. I made mine is a liquid cloud shape – certainly more creative than a plain rectangle.
3. Sew the two sheets together and slip in your first piece of ribbon.
4. Don’t sew down and fix your ribbon in place – skip pass it.
5. Repeat the sewing and adding ribbons. The thick ribbon is difficult to skip nicely, so you may wish to knot up your thread and start anew as shown by the different colored threads in the image above.
6. I created a loop with a ribbon on one end, just to add some variety.
7. Complete the sewing work, and this is what you should get.
8. Next is enlarging each end so that the ribbon cannot be completely pulled through. I have done a few things here – knotting the end, rolling and gluing the end, and adding a felt tip to the end.
9. Cut out different shapes and use fabric glue to glue to one side of your toy.
10. Cut out your child’s name and use fabric glue to glue to the other side of your toy.
And there you have it, a 100% personalized educational toy for your baby.