How To Sew A Marble Maze - DIY Kids Toys

Today's sewing tutorial includes a free PDF pattern for you: an easy, pocket-size DIY marble maze toy for kids. I love it! You'll sew it in no time, and it's a great scrap buster. Not to mention that you'll make a kid or two really happy, as this might be just what they need to occupy themselves on a road trip. 

It is a cute little marble maze toy made from fabric and fleece scraps. Scroll down to get your free PDF pattern!


Free PDF sewing pattern and beginner tutorial for a cute fabric marble maze toy for kids. A great DIY present for kids that's easy and quick to make!



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Now let's get back to the DIY kids toy: Credits first! This little DIY of mine was inspired by a pin I found on Pinterest: a cute little fabric maze toy by Serving Pink Lemonade. Thank you, girls, it's a great idea!

And since I love doodling my own designs, I thought I'd give it a go - and created my own marble maze template for everybody to use. The tutorial might go a little unconventional way, but fear not - everything explained and simple! I wanted to make sure the sewing is super easy for you, while still showing you every little step, so nobody gets lost. 


  A free PDF sewing pattern and beginner tutorial for a cute fabric marble maze toy for kids. A great DIY present for kids that's easy and quick to make!

A perfect road trip toy. Or a great toy to keep in your purse for when you go to the doctor, or another place where you'd like your child (or grandchild) sit still for some time.

Features:

  • Easy to sew and doesn't take a lot of time to complete.
  • It requires little material to sew. A great scrap buster!
  • Safety: has a double outer seam, so the marble is prevented from accidentally slipping out, should one of the seams give in.
  • Makes an excellent handmade present for your children or grandchildren (think Christmas!)
  • The 5.5 by 8 inch size is a fun and convenient pocket size you can roll and easily tuck in a purse.


Materials:


  A free PDF sewing pattern and beginner tutorial for a cute fabric marble maze toy for kids. A great DIY present for kids that's easy and quick to make!

  • 6.5 " x 9" scrap of fabric for the back 
  • same size soft fusible polyester interfacing (stabilizer)
  • same size fleece for the front (choose a solid, no prints for the front!)
  • contrasting threadpins
  • marble
  • optional: two pieces of fabric (1.5" squares) in a contrasting color to mark the start/end of the marble maze.
  • the free PDF sewing template (scroll down to get yours)


Don't have a marble at hand? A round pebble in the same size will do just fine, too. Or a wooden ball!  (the SAME size! :)

Your Free PDF Marble Maze Template



Yep, free for everybody. You can get it on Craftsy, where I post all my PDF patterns (the majority are free), if you click here:

  A free PDF sewing pattern and beginner tutorial for a cute fabric marble maze toy for kids. A great DIY present for kids that's easy and quick to make!

(And while checking out this free pattern, don't forget to
Get them all, I drafted them for you!)


FABRIC/FLEECE MARBLE MAZE TUTORIAL



1) Using your free PDF template, cut rectangles along the Cutting Line (marked: RED SOLID LINE):
  • one piece out of your backing fabrics,
  • one piece of soft fusible interfacing for the back and
  • one piece out of fleece (solid is best).
  • optional: cut 2 tiny squares of contrasting fabrics (1.5 inch by 1.5 inch)


Apply interfacing to the back of the backing fabric:

  A free PDF sewing pattern and beginner tutorial for a cute fabric marble maze toy for kids. A great DIY present for kids that's easy and quick to make!


2) Take the front piece and place the 2 tiny squares in the opposing corners, on the green dotted mark (see the diagonal green dotted lines in the opposing corners? Those.)  It will look like this: 
  A free PDF sewing pattern and beginner tutorial for a cute fabric marble maze toy for kids. A great DIY present for kids that's easy and quick to make!

3) Then sew diagonally over the tiny squares. Press to the outer side, so you've got tiny triangles now.

Though helpful in playing the game, these markings are not totally necessary, you can safely skip the tiny squares and the entire step two if you don't have the time.

  A free PDF sewing pattern and beginner tutorial for a cute fabric marble maze toy for kids. A great DIY present for kids that's easy and quick to make!



3) Put the two main pieces of fabric right sides together. Sew all around the pieces, using a 3/8 seam allowance (on the template, it is marked by a black DASHED line (stitching line). Don't forget to leave a gap for turning and inserting the marble, just as marked on the PDF template.

  A free PDF sewing pattern and beginner tutorial for a cute fabric marble maze toy for kids. A great DIY present for kids that's easy and quick to make!

4) Clip the corners and any excess fabric on seam allowance for a good fit and to reduce bulk on edges. (But be careful not to snip into any stitches!)
  A free PDF sewing pattern and beginner tutorial for a cute fabric marble maze toy for kids. A great DIY present for kids that's easy and quick to make!


5) Turn right side out. Push the corners out using a point turner tool, a knitting needle, or a chopstick.
  A free PDF sewing pattern and beginner tutorial for a cute fabric marble maze toy for kids. A great DIY present for kids that's easy and quick to make!


6) Press the piece flat. (Only iron over cotton, never directly over fleece!)

  A free PDF sewing pattern and beginner tutorial for a cute fabric marble maze toy for kids. A great DIY present for kids that's easy and quick to make!


7) Insert the marble through the opening, move it away from it (check out the area marked by the green star in the PDF template.) You can secure it using pins, so it won't move to where you don't need it to.

  A free PDF sewing pattern and beginner tutorial for a cute fabric marble maze toy for kids. A great DIY present for kids that's easy and quick to make!


8)Then stitch the opening closed, by machine or by hand. 

  A free PDF sewing pattern and beginner tutorial for a cute fabric marble maze toy for kids. A great DIY present for kids that's easy and quick to make!


9) Now, you'll sew the internal lines of the maze. To transfer the topstitching SOLID blue line onto the FRONT fabric, simply cut off the frame of the printed PDF template (= the 3/8" seam allowance area), then place the paper template onto the front fabric, secure with a few pins to let it stay in place. Like this:


  A free PDF sewing pattern and beginner tutorial for a cute fabric marble maze toy for kids. A great DIY present for kids that's easy and quick to make!


10) Now, stitch over paper. You'll remove it later. As simple as that!

  A free PDF sewing pattern and beginner tutorial for a cute fabric marble maze toy for kids. A great DIY present for kids that's easy and quick to make!

IMPORTANT:

  1. VISIBILITY: Use a contrasting thread to make it visible. When playing, it's good to see the lines! 
  2. SAFETY: Secure all stitches well (backstitching) if you're using the simple straight-line stitch. Or even better, use a triple stitch. It's safer, too, because there will be even less possibility for the marble to break through (toddlers are well known for persistence, and if there's a way to get the marble out at a place where the simple stitch has given in, --- Well, it's better to either backstitch or use a strong, reliable stitch.


11) Remove the paper template. An easy task!

  A free PDF sewing pattern and beginner tutorial for a cute fabric marble maze toy for kids. A great DIY present for kids that's easy and quick to make!



12) The only thing left: topstitching around the border. Move the marble to a central position so it won't be in the way, you can secure it using pins, so it won't move. See the photo below:

  A free PDF sewing pattern and beginner tutorial for a cute fabric marble maze toy for kids. A great DIY present for kids that's easy and quick to make!


Topstitch around the maze using an approximately 1/4" seam allowance. You don't need the paper template for that, though I marked it on the template to give you a feeling how to proceed. Remember to keep the marble out of the way when sewing.

Done!

Free PDF sewing pattern and beginner tutorial for a cute fabric marble maze toy for kids. A great DIY present for kids that's easy and quick to make!

A great DIY present for kids that's easy and quick to make. 

Free PDF sewing pattern and beginner tutorial for a cute fabric marble maze toy for kids. A great DIY present for kids that's easy and quick to make!


Free PDF sewing pattern and beginner tutorial for a cute fabric marble maze toy for kids. A great DIY present for kids that's easy and quick to make!

BONUS TIPS:

  • You can use FLEECE on both sides of the marble maze: follow the same steps as with the fabric marble maze. The only difference is, you don't need any interfacing.
  • FELT MARBLE MAZE: even easier to make, you don't even need to turn the material right side out.
  • If you are making your own maze template, always make sure to make the seams wide apart, to enable the marble to move between the layers smoothly. When making the maze stitches, leave enough room for the marble to go through. 

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Free PDF sewing pattern and beginner tutorial for a cute fabric marble maze toy for kids. A great DIY present for kids that's easy and quick to make!


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Happy crafting!


4 comments:

  1. That is so cute... have never seen this type of toy before, never one that's handmade. Off to check out some of your other creations.

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  2. This is very clever for a sensory toy. I will make a few and have a group of autistic children play with them. Thank you!!!!!

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    1. Carol,
      a great idea, go for it! I've been meaning to write a post about the benefits of this DIY toys for kids - fine motor, sensory, including the therapeutic viewpoint. A great sensory toy by all means!

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