Friday, 31 May 2013

Fabric Numbers

I made these for my little one's room to hang like bunting and just to look pretty but they will also serve a useful purpose as he grows up. 

Ordering Numbers

For now they just decorate his room and familiarise him with number shapes but in time to come they can be used for a whole load of number games including ordering, find the missing number, identifying odd/even numbers and using the numerals together to make new numbers.  

There are endless other possibilities that they can be used for but I'll come back to that when the time comes!

Find the Missing Numbers
Odd Numbers
Even Numbers
Combine Numerals to Make New Numbers

If you want to have a go this is what I did....

I cut out paper templates and simply drew around them with a pencil onto different coloured squares of cotton fabric (the wrong way round so you don't see the pencil marks).  The reason for the squares is that it's far easier to sew around the number shape and then cut it out.  I sandwiched some wadding in the middle to make the numbers a bit firmer.  After I stitched them I cut them out with pinking shears.  That's it!  
You can use the same idea to make letters and names too.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Texture Treasure Basket

Treasure baskets are great fun for babies and can be easily created with things that you have just lying around the house.  There are so many different kinds that you can make but the first one I am posting is a sort of texture/natural one.

Babies love to touch and play with the objects - they may take them out one at a time and examine carefully, throw them to one side or just tip the whole lot out in one go but you can be sure that they will put the items straight in their mouth so make sure everything is clean and safe and never leave them unattended while playing.  More to come!

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Baby Play Cubes

These are so easy and so quick to make and are great to give as gifts to little ones.  You can make them as big or small as you like and use any combination of fabric scraps you have.
To enhance the sensory experience, stitch in some ribbons - I used a variety of textures, colours, widths and patterns.

You could try different fabric textures too such as towelling or corduroy.  I tucked a bell inside but have found that it can be difficult to actually hear a regular bell against the stuffing so I tried a cat's toy with a bell inside and it works perfectly!

I triple stitched the ribbons for safety reasons - you can't take any chances with little ones.

What you need:

  • Six squares of fabric with 1cm seam allowance around each side
  • A variety of scraps of ribbons
  • Toy stuffing
  • A bell or rattle is optional

Birthday Cards

I can't believe the price of greetings cards these days!  So every now and then I have a go at making my own.  I wish I could be more organised and do it for everyone or have a stash that I can just dip into when I need one. This one was for a special little girl in our family.  I made the bag first and then the card to match.  It's just coloured paper cut into the number shape with tiny felt circles glued on.  Simple! 

Birthday Bunting

My little one just had his first birthday so for my very first post I thought I would share the birthday bunting I made.  I thought it would be nice to have some bunting that could be pulled out year after year so that it becomes a bit of a tradition that he can get excited about as he gets older.  

I made the triangles first and then cut out the letters from felt and stitched them on by hand - great to do when you have a spare bit of time in the evenings!

It can be folded away and brought out for birthdays time and time again.