This is probably the easiest diy baby sensory toy you've ever sewn. 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. Take a look!
This baby toy 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.
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Now, let's first see how to make the perfect baby sensory toy.
Baby Sensory Toy Tutorial
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!
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 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 I used these with my project:
What Fabric To Chose To Make a Baby Sensory Toy
- 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.
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 Baby Tactile Toy
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).
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.
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 😉
4) Clip the corners for a nice finish and to reduce the bulk.
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.
6) This is the opening left after turning.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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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):
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