Did you see the article I did on the cozy cozy blanket for babies and toddlers at Little House Living? This one was made from super soft flannel and minky and was SO soft and cuddly.
But I'm told babies don't sleep all time and sometimes they are quite active and like to play. A mother-to-be told me that her crumpled sheet was kept with the changing mat and that it was the only thing that allowed the little one
devil angel to squirm during the changing weather.
So this version has smooth satin ribbons around the outside in pretty bright colors, a regular cotton front and back – and the special crinkle lining that makes the interesting noise babies love when you scrunch it and shake.
To make your crinkled ribbon toy
- Two 12 inch squares of plain cotton with pretty bright prints
- assorted ribbons
- crinkled lining for the playful version – I suggest a washed cereal bag
This can of course be made in any size, smaller for smaller babies, larger for toddlers. See below for my smaller version as well.
Cut your fabric accordingly! Cut out your two pieces of fabric. Cut lengths of ribbon.
I cut mine 5 inches long and used a total of 24 pieces on a 12 inch square, 6 pieces on each side. Fold the pieces of ribbon in half with the printed or satin side facing out and pin them at even intervals around the outside edge, being careful not to get too close to the corners. No need to measure, just eyeball it to make them fairly uniform.
Baste all the ribbons in place with a quarter-inch seam, then remove all the pins.
Place the other square of fabric on top, right sides together, then place the wrinkled lining on top and pin around the edges.
For the crinkled lining, I used a cereal sachet because I considered it to be “food safe” and therefore safe if the baby suckled it. Of course, I washed it well beforehand. You can also use the type of cellophane you can find at florist stores. Anything that's clean, waterproof, and makes a nice crinkling sound.
Sew around the perimeter with a half-inch seam allowance, leaving about 3 or 4 inches of space on one side so you can turn it over.
Cut and round the corners. Cut off the extra wrinkled material near the seam line.
Turn the right side over and smooth everything flat. Squeeze it if you need to, but be sure to use very high heat in case the cereal packet melts! Topstitch around the edge with a quarter-inch seam, taking care to fold over the raw edges and fill in the gap you left earlier.
Crumple and enjoy!
Here are a few that I have also made in smaller sizes. Perfect for distracting baby during changing times and small enough to roll up with the changing mat or the things in your bag. These are 6 inch squares. For the ribbon, it looks a little oversized at 5 inches, so my next one I did with 4 inches of ribbon for each piece, and that worked better.
Want other sewing ideas for new items? Try a few…click on each item in the image – they’re links!