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Homemade Softblocks

While I was pregnant I attended a homemade baby fair held by Parents as Teachers and from this event I got the idea to make some of my own homemade baby toys. To make blocks like this is simple.

I bought some fabric from Walmart, these require a very small about of fabric. I bought about  six fat quarters and after making three blocks I had a plethora of fabric leftover. I also bought some washable stuffing from Walmart and some jingle bells from Micheal’s. These blocks can be made for about ten dollars with some stuffing and jingle bells leftover.

First I washed all my fabric in baby detergent and I cut out six squares for each block. Then I sewed four squares together in a straight row. Next I sewed two squares onto the sides of one of the squares in the row. Then I sewed all the squares together to form a cube, except for one edge so that I could turn the block right side out and put in the stuffing. Then I hand sewed the last edge.

I added the fabric tags into some of my seams so that the blocks are easier for small uncoordinated hands to hold.

In one of the blocks I put several jingle bells and in another I put a mint tin with beads in it. These two blocks make sound when the baby shakes them. For the third block I wanted it to crinkle when the baby grabbed it so I washed an empty chip bag and sewed it to the inside of the fabric squares before I started assembling the block.

My baby loves these blocks and I like them much better than the soft blocks you buy at the store.

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