Friday, November 22, 2013

DIY Soft Blocks for Baby

Soft Blocks are really easy to make from scrap fabric you have lying around the house. 

#1: Make a pattern
Create a square pattern {I used card stock} in desired size with 1/4 inch seam allowance. For example, for a 4" block make a 4.5" square. My 3 blocks were 5", 4", and 3" when complete. These pictures show the 4" block in progress. 

#2: Cut out squares
Use 3 different fabrics, 2 squares in each pattern. 

#3: Label squares 
On the wrong side of the fabric draw pencil numbers to keep you organized. Each fabric pattern should be paired as follows: 1 and 3; 2 and 4; 5 and 6. This way they will end up on opposite sides of the block. 

#4: Pin and sew squares
Pin {wrong sides together} and sew in the following order: 
1 to 2
2 to 3
3 to 4
5 to 2
6 to 2

Here is a diagram of what you are making:  

Here are pictures of the squares after each sewing: 

#5: Pin and sew squares to form block
Remember, wrong sides together! Tip: reinforce as much as possible at the corners. 
Don't be stressed if you don't follow the sequence exactly - just keep pinning sides and sewing! If you want a specific sequence here is one:
5 to 1
6 to 1
3 to 6
3 to 5
4 to 5 
4 to 1

Before doing the final side {4 to 6} make sure all of your corners are hole-proof. Then sew 4 to 6 but leave 2-3 inches in order to turn your block. 

#6: Turn block right side out. 

#7: Stuff block 
You can use pillow stuffing or whatever scrap material you have around. Add a bell deep inside the stuffing if desired. 

#8: Hand sew the last 2-3 inches. 

Repeat in different size blocks if desired! 

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