Baby Buddies

*Here’s a fun little tutorial of some fun Leaf baby toys from our friend Marilyn.*

I would like you to meet my new friends…….

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……..Catty and Leafy (my cute little neighbor kids helped me name them). They are the perfect companions for any baby!!!

The Leafy makes a crunchy noise.

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and Catty rattles.

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Here’s how I made them:

Go find one of these wish mitts in the Auto Washing or Home Cleaning part of a store.

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Turn it inside out like this

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Then remove the elastic band around the opening. Then cut down the center so that you can make sure the little stringy things lay to the inside when you sew up the side seam. So after cutting up the center now sew that up the side that you just cut but when you get towards the top you will want to curve around the top over to the other side making it look like a half circle.

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Turn it inside out and stuff it full of batting. To make it rattle you will need a small plastic container (the small little bead containers about the size of a quarter work great) and some rocks and put it in about halfway.

Then stitch the opening closed.

I just did embroidery for the face and also cut about 12 of the little stringy things off the front to make the area where I put his face.

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Now for the leaf. I cut 5 – 6 inch squares of a green flannel. I stacked them up and added between the 4th and 5th squares a cleaned out snack size chip bag (I only added one but I think 2 would probably make more noise).

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Then I just sewed across all 5 layers together using the making your own chenille instructions. The only change was that I made the stitches as curvy lines and the distance between stitches around 1/2” to 3/4”.

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Then I printed off a picture of a maple leaf so it was almost as big as my square and used it as my pattern to cut the leaf out. After cutting the leaf out I then went around the edges about 1/8” from the edge to keep the edges together. Then on the side with the 4 layers I cut down the center between each line making sure to only cut the top 3 layers. This give it the fuzzy look. I then used embroidery to create his face.

Sorry I don’t have a ton of pictures, I was going to make a second one and be more diligent at taking pictures but when I lost I was a little bummed out and didn’t get around to making another one. If have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me by leaving a comment on my blog or by e-mailing me at: kraftymum03 (at) gmail (dot) com.

Thank you to those who voted for me last round.

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