DIY Fabric Sensory Toy For Babies - Fabric Squares

This is probably the easiest DIY fabric sensory toy for babies you've ever sewn. This sewing tutorial shows you how to sew squares and only requires sewing straight lines, so this is an ideal beginner sewing project for someone who's just learning how to use the sewing machine. What's best, this soft and light baby toy will help your baby build tactile awareness, along with a few other benefits for the child. Have a look!

How to make easy fabric sensory toys for babies and toddlers. This soft and light DIY baby toy will help your baby build tactile awareness, along with a few other benefits for the child. Learn how to make it, it's an ideal sewing project for beginners!

This soft and light baby toy is so much fun to play with! One additional good thing about it: it's washable, since a lot of times these squares will end up in baby's mouth. Learn how to make it, it's an ideal sewing project for beginners!


How to make easy fabric sensory toys for babies and toddlers. This soft and light DIY baby toy will help your baby build tactile awareness, along with a few other benefits for the child. Learn how to make it, it's an ideal sewing project for beginners!



You'll Need:

What you need are a few fabric scraps, preferably in white or non-dyed:

1) fabric scraps (scroll down to see ideas for fabric selection)
2) thread
3) the usual: sewing machine, scissors, possibly a rotary cutter with a cutting mat


How to make easy fabric sensory toys for babies and toddlers. This soft and light DIY baby toy will help your baby build tactile awareness, along with a few other benefits for the child. Learn how to make it, it's an ideal sewing project for beginners!

Fabric options:

I used:
- plain light-weight cotton
- cotton gauze (the one you get in first aid kits)
- jersey knit
- terry cloth
- linen
- sheer voile  (use silk if you have any - silk would be a way better choice)

More options:
- minky
- velvet
- wool
- burlap
- denim
- lace
- mesh
- seersucker
- flannel
-etc



See No 7 of the tutorial for a note on sewing really thin fabrics.
See No 2 of the tutorial for a note on sewing with stretch fabric.

CUTTING: 

Cut rectangles measuring 4x8 or 5x10 inch (10x20 cm or 13x26cm)Make sure to make 2 identical squares in each fabric you select, so for example 12 tactile squares will make up 6 matching sets.

The cutting will go super quick if you use a rotary cutter, but scissors will do just fine, too.


How To Make Tactile Fabric Squares for Babies



How to make easy fabric sensory toys for babies and toddlers. This soft and light DIY baby toy will help your baby build tactile awareness, along with a few other benefits for the child. Learn how to make it, it's an ideal sewing project for beginners!

1) Cut a rectangle of 4x8 or 5x10 inch (10x20 cm or 13x26cm). You can choose your size, off course.

 Fold it in half, so the right sides will be facing (=RST).



How to make easy fabric sensory toys for babies and toddlers. This soft and light DIY baby toy will help your baby build tactile awareness, along with a few other benefits for the child. Learn how to make it, it's an ideal sewing project for beginners!

2) Sew around using a straight stitch, make sure to leave an opening for turning in the middle of one side.

NOTE! Sewing tip: when sewing stretchy fabric (jersey!), make sure to use a zig-zag or overlock stitch, otherwise the seams might tear.


How to make easy fabric sensory toys for babies and toddlers. This soft and light DIY baby toy will help your baby build tactile awareness, along with a few other benefits for the child. Learn how to make it, it's an ideal sewing project for beginners!

3) Beginner sewing tip: see how the stitch ends on the spots where the opening for turning starts? (2 red lines) - it's because when you turn the fabric inside out, the fabric will straighten/align itself automatically to fit the already sewn area, making the topstitching piece-of-cake!

Give it a try ;)




How to make easy fabric sensory toys for babies and toddlers. This soft and light DIY baby toy will help your baby build tactile awareness, along with a few other benefits for the child. Learn how to make it, it's an ideal sewing project for beginners!

4) Clip the corners for a nice finish and to reduce the bulk.





How to make easy fabric sensory toys for babies and toddlers. This soft and light DIY baby toy will help your baby build tactile awareness, along with a few other benefits for the child. Learn how to make it, it's an ideal sewing project for beginners!

5) Turn right sides out. Push the tips out using a point turner tool or another non-sharp object like a knitting needle. I had a chopstick at hand, it did quite alright. Don't use anything sharp since it might make holes in your fabric.





How to make easy fabric sensory toys for babies and toddlers. This soft and light DIY baby toy will help your baby build tactile awareness, along with a few other benefits for the child. Learn how to make it, it's an ideal sewing project for beginners!

6) This is the opening left after turning.



How to make easy fabric sensory toys for babies and toddlers. This soft and light DIY baby toy will help your baby build tactile awareness, along with a few other benefits for the child. Learn how to make it, it's an ideal sewing project for beginners!

7) Sewing tip: if sewing with a very thin fabric (cotton gauze, sheer foile), you might want to use a double layer of fabric for each fabric square. Not necessary, though.

Craftsy

How to make easy fabric sensory toys for babies and toddlers. This soft and light DIY baby toy will help your baby build tactile awareness, along with a few other benefits for the child. Learn how to make it, it's an ideal sewing project for beginners!

8) Close the opening that had been left for turning. Press.

Repeat 11 times, and you're done :) You can make a larger set than the one I chose, off course.

How to make easy fabric sensory toys for babies and toddlers. This soft and light DIY baby toy will help your baby build tactile awareness, along with a few other benefits for the child. Learn how to make it, it's an ideal sewing project for beginners!

OPTIONS:

  • You can stuff them using batting. I wanted to be able to throw them in the washer, so I used none.
  • Edgestitching? Your choice, but I prefer not to, to keep the edges as soft as possible. 


How to make easy fabric sensory toys for babies and toddlers. This soft and light DIY baby toy will help your baby build tactile awareness, along with a few other benefits for the child. Learn how to make it, it's an ideal sewing project for beginners!


This soft and light baby toy will help your baby build tactile awareness, along with a few other benefits for the child.  I'f you've made these different textured fabric squares in pairs, you'll be able to use them for a fabric matching activity at a later point. It's a great lesson in tactile discrimination. To see the fabric scraps in action in a Montessori environment, have a look HERE  and HERE for more ideas.

How to make easy fabric sensory toys for babies and toddlers. This soft and light DIY baby toy will help your baby build tactile awareness, along with a few other benefits for the child. Learn how to make it, it's an ideal sewing project for beginners!


Pin For Later:

How to make easy fabric sensory toys for babies and toddlers. This soft and light DIY baby toy will help your baby build tactile awareness, along with a few other benefits for the child. Learn how to make it, it's an ideal sewing project for beginners!


I have also seen this toy being recommended by autism experts, and it's a good toy for visually impaired children. For more DIY tactile toys and fun sensory activities for children, feel free to check out these tutorials (they have free PDF templates attached):



DIY Matching Scraps Memory Game with Template




Farbic Maze Tutorial + Free Pattern


Happy sewing!


Want More Free Patterns+Tutorials?

Sign up to get email updates to stay in the loop. If you sign up HERE, you also get a freebie - AppleGreen Cottage subscribers get the 3 smallest sizes of my Perfect Earwarmer Headband Pattern (size baby to one year) as a free PDF. Feel free to check out the entire tutorial here:






5 comments:

  1. This is a great idea!! It would be easy to sew several sets in one sitting and stash them away for future baby gifts. I've featured your tutorial on Craft Gossip here: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-fabric-square-texture-sensory-toy-for-baby/2017/05/09/ --Anne

    ReplyDelete
  2. Why do you need two of each if you are folding the pieces in half?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Sandy,
      and thanks for asking - you want to make 2 identical squares in each fabric you select, so these are also suitable for playing a matching game. Especially toddlers love it! (So, for example 12 tactile squares will make up 6 matching sets) I hope this answer works for you. Have a great day,

      Delete
  3. I love the idea of a matching game. I may have to make some of these up for a couple of special ed classrooms as they couldn't demolish these like they can cards. They could also help teach colors and possibly numbers if the fabric was right. Thanks for the idea.

    ReplyDelete

Recent posts: