This baby blocks pattern is so simple and easy to use. You barely need a pattern! Follow my sewing pattern or make your own square or rectangle shape to create the same homemade baby toys! Or print my square pattern to a sizing of your choice! Make them as big or small as you'd like!Baby blocks are a fantastic toy for your lil one to begin stacking and dexterity movements. With some well chosen they will be beautiful nursery decorations to boot!
You'll need about a 1/4 yard of fabric to make up one baby block (fat quarters project y'all!). I like to stash a bunch of really interesting patterned fabrics and mix and match coordinating patterns and colors for a baby block sure to pique a baby's curiosity. Think bright bold patterns paired with dots and stripes and all manner of cute things.
Materials and supplies list:
Using the pattern, or one you make yourself (it's basically just a square, dude). You can make the pattern any size you want. It's only important that you make each fabric square a uniform size.
Use your "pattern" to begin cutting out squares of fabric. You will need 6 squares to make one block.
Start sewing them together. Seam allowance doesn't matter so long as you use the same size seam allowance for each block. I'd go with a 1/2" or so.
Sew them together so they look like I picture here. Sort of like a cross shape, or the letter "T" if you will.
Now to sew the rest of the seams to assemble a cube. I've provided a diagram to make more sense of which seams should be sewn to which. But really, it's pretty common sense. If you're feeling froggy just wing it! Just do make sure and keep all of the seams so that the right side is facing inward.
OK so following my diagram... The easiest way to sew them together is to start by sewing pieces B and D to fabric square A. Then sew on C, E, and F.
Once you have this part down on comes the trickier part, but don't worry it is still easy. Move on to sew together squares B and C. Place the seams together so that they are facing in towards each other and sew away. Keep going by sewing together C and D. Next is B and E, D and E, and so on... You get the picture.
When you get to the very end at the last seam to sew together, only sew it 3/4's of the way shut. You want to leave an opening of about 1-2 inches. Now pull the block right side out. Push out all of the corners. Take a look at your handy work! You're almost done!
Now on to stuffing this little work of art. Most of the soft baby blocks that you buy at the store are filled with a square shaped foam. We are going to use a soft polyester or cotton fiber-fill. You can buy it in large bags pretty inexpensively. Check the bag when you are buying. You want the fill that is machine washable and since you are making baby toys you probably want it to be hypo-allergenic. You can probably even find an organic fiber kind of fill if you look around for it.
Hold the opening left in the last seam of the baby blocks open with two of your fingers and use your other hand to stuff bits of the fill into the baby blocks. Make sure and push the fill down into the corners of the blocks. Fill it nice and full to fill out all corners.This is also the time to add any bells or rattles, or noise making materials.
To finish up you will hand sew the small opening you used for stuffing. Use your fingers to hold the seams together. The seam should be folded inwards to match the rest of the seams. Use the same thread used to sew the entire block together to finish off the seams. Once the opening is sewn shut just snip off any loose threads.
That's it! You're done and you totally killed that baby blocks pattern. Good work Momma! Now go back and make 4 or 5 more. ;-)