Your baby will be obsessed with these easy-to-make fabric stackable rings

Sep 11, 2015 at 5:25 p.m. ET
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Pick a bunch of fun material and get creative; this fabric stackable rings toy is super fun for your baby or can make an adorable homemade birthday present.

Supplies:

DIY stackable fabric rings: Supplies

Directions:

1. Print and cut template

DIY stackable fabric rings: Step 1

Print and cut out the fabric stackable rings pattern templates along the solid lines. Trace the templates onto the left side of the fabric. You'll need two pieces for each ring and the square pieces of the base, four pieces for the rectangular sides of the base and one piece for the cone.

Note: Only one square base piece needs a hole in the centre.

2. Mark seam allowance

DIY stackable fabric rings: Step 2

Cut along the dashed lines and trace the seam allowance onto the left side of the fabric — this is the line along which you'll stitch.

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3. Sew and flip rings

DIY stackable fabric rings: Step 3

Working one by one, sew around the rings, leaving one side open. Turn the rings inside-out (use the tip of the pencil for the hard-to-reach ends).

4. Make the cone

DIY stackable fabric rings: Step 4

Cut a 5-centimetre piece of ribbon and fold it in half. Place the two ends of the ribbon in the centre of the cone piece so that they are in line with the pointy end. Then sew across the ribbon and cone piece and down the side, leaving the round base open.

5. Flip cone

DIY stackable fabric rings: Step 5

Turn the cone piece inside-out, so that the ribbon tab is at the top.

6. Sew cone to base

DIY stackable fabric rings: Step 6

This part is a little tricky: Align the base of the cone piece with the round opening of the square base piece. Then fold them in to face the left side and stitch around it.

7. Sew the side piece

DIY stackable fabric rings: Step 7

Align the seam allowance of one of the side base pieces to the top square base piece, right sides touching, and then stitch into place.

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8. Repeat with the rest of the side pieces

DIY stackable fabric rings: Step 8

Align the second side base piece with the first side base piece and the top square base piece, right sides touching, and stitch it into place, as well. Then do the same with the third and fourth side base pieces.

9. Sew the base

DIY stackable fabric rings: Step 9

Align the bottom square base piece with the side base pieces and stitch almost the whole way around, leaving a 4-centimetre opening.

10. Turn the base inside-out

DIY stackable fabric rings: Step 10

Turn the base inside out.

11. Stuff the base

DIY stackable fabric rings: Step 11

Stuff the base with the batting so that it is stiff and can stand on its own without flopping.

12. Close the base

DIY stackable fabric rings: Step 12

Shut the opening in the base by using the iron-on interfacing. You can also do a quick hand-stitch if you feel like you need a bit more protection (and to ensure that the toy survives the washing machine).

13. Stuff and sew the rings

DIY stackable fabric rings: Step 13


Stuff the rings and then sew the ends shut.

14. Play

Now it's ready for your baby.

DIY stackable fabric rings: Finished playtime

DIY stackable fabric rings: Finished playtime

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