This is day two of my 12 crafts in 12 days series of blog posts. For day two, I decided to make Butter's new teething toy that's going in his stocking this year. I once again visited Make It & Love It for the tutorial. I absolutely despise plastic teething toys because of the toxins they leach into your baby's mouth. Any cloth toys I can make or get my hands on are my go to. I also love all silicone items, but they are very hard to find. This cloth teether can be made with scraps too, which is great. I have more scraps that need a project than I can count because I save everything.
I picked five colors of cotton fabric, sewed them in about 5 minutes, and set them aside to turn and stuff while I watched TV. Later on, while my kids watched Dinosaur Train, I got to work on them. Little miss princess had a blast handing me stuffing and "helping". They probably were a little over stuffed because of this, but I know polyfil is just too fun to resist. It made them a little tougher to sew, but I didn't mind too much. Polyfil compacts over time anyway so they won't be so stiff down the road.
Look at that; sweet little fabric tubes all in a row. I especially love the tiny fish. I got to sewing, and added my own special touch: a loop to hang them with. I love being able to attach a toy to our stroller or the car seat. I used a scrap of quilt binding I had left over, cut it about the same length (but didn't stuff it), and sewed it into a flat strip. Then I sewed velcro on each end so it would make a chain link when closed, then handstitched it to the last chain so it wouldn't fall off.
And here it is velcro-ed closed:
And that is it! Total time: less than one hour and much of that was spent multi-tasking and doing the tedious job of turning and stuffing. If you have a baby coming and you know me, you may be getting one of these toys. I want to make tons more!
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