Crafts: baby blocks

My quilt group got together to make baby blocks for the newest edition to the library family. They doubled as a gift and shower decoration. We (mostly) followed the pattern in Amy Butter’s book, little stitches for little ones. It called for the blocks to be filled with foam, which you can purchase by the yard at Joanne’s (it cuts up easily with an electric knife). We used 3 inch foam rather than the 4 inch, because it was cheaper. Everyone in the group made two blocks each and we ended up with a nice little set. Then I got ambitious and made a full set for Kaylee with some of the left-over foam (we had a ton left over). 

In this simple version, I just cut out 3.5 inch squares of fabric and sewed them together by machine (right-sides together) with a 1/4 inch seam allowance, leaving a gap large enough to turn right-side out and stuff the foam cube inside. I ended up using fabric glue to close the gap rather than hand stitching it shut (I’m terrible at blind stitching and don’t feel like taking the time to practice enough to get better right now). It’s a great project for scraps. I used the left-over fabric from Kaylee’s quilt so they match everything else I have made for her. I also added a bits of plastic from a wipes refill to some of the blocks to give them a nice crinkle sound when you squish them. Every block is made up of minky,  linen, and cotton fabrics for contrasting textures. I’ll be honest, the blocks  are not fun to make and require a bit of wrestling to get them to turn out right. It took me about 2 weeks here and there to finish them up. Kaylee likes to shake and chew them and knock down the towers that we build. We like to throw them at her head (they’re soft, and it makes her giggle).

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