What about a perfect baby-welcoming gift you can make in a really short time? This is an easy, step-by-step beginner sewing tutorial that shows you how to make a soft toy for a baby. I included lots of photos to make it super easy for you to sew a homemade gift to a special baby in your life - it's a perfect beginner sewing project. And did I mention there is a free PDF sewing pattern waiting for you to download?
Join me, get your free PDF sewing pattern and learn how to make a cute toy all by yourself. It's easy!
This post includes affiliate links. Thanks for your support. Now, off to sewing these softies: they are an all-time favorite with babies, so you cannot miss if you decide to make one yourself as a baby gift. In fact, I've made some as baby welcoming gifts myself - and they always, always turned out to be a great, personalized present.
And they are sooo easy to sew! Let me show you how.
- 5 pieces of 6x3 inch cotton fabric (Check out Peek-A-Boo shop for cute baby prints!)
- optional: pieces of satin ribbon to make loops
- some soft toy stuffing material
- coordinating sewing thread
- sewing machine, scissors,
- your FREE PDF Sewing Pattern on Craftsy (click here) ********** UPDATED!******
And if you are looking for some adorable new fabric, you can check out these cute fabrics by peek-a-boo. (They've also got gorgeous baby prints!)
Your FREE PDF PATTERN
Yep, totally free - this is the free PDF pattern for a homemade soft baby toy. Download it for free from Craftsy HERE.
Read on and learn how to make this softie by yourself, it's easy!
MORE TO SEW:
While you are at sewing, you can make an easy earwarmer headband in matching colors. You'll have a wonderful handmade present for your loved ones (aka 2-in-1!) – You can either use my free 3-size version (baby to 1 year) if you subscribe to newsletter, or get an 8-size PDF pattern in my Craftsy shop (baby to adult). The latter comes complete with instructions and tips for easy sewing. Easy project, too!
Now, the Soft Baby Ball TUTORIAL:
1) Use the PDF pattern to cut 5 pieces for the soft baby ball. Also cut several pieces of ribbon, each 2 inch (5 cm) in length. Arrange the individual leaves for sewing.
2) Put the first two pieces with right sides of fabric together. Fold a ribbon in half and pin it between the two leaves. Note: the loop of the ribbon should be facing inwards (see the photo).
3) Sew along the entire side of the leaf and leave the other one open.
4) Add individual leaves as you sew, each time adding a satin-like ribbon (folded in half and facing inwards, as mentioned above). Each time you add a leaf, just sew along one side, as shown in the photos below.
5) When the 5th leaf has been attached, you'll need to sew it together with the 1st leaf, but not entirely. Leave an opening for stuffing. Then turn the ball inside out.
6) Stuff it with some soft material and then close the opening.
Soooo, your soft and cuddly fabric ball is ready for playing. Happy gift giving!
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Running out of time?Love to sew but running out of time to make the soft toy yourself this time? I totally understand. I'm including an affiliate link for your convenience, so you can grab a ready-made toy this time to save the day: (And you can use this tutorial next time, so don't forget to bookmark it ;)
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Feel free to check out some of my PDF patterns on Craftsy. Many of them are free! They are all linked to my free tutorials on the blog, so it will be super easy for you to use them to sew something cute for yourself or your loved ones:
Or ...check out my newest (and cutest!) addition to Craftsy patterns: