Use washable crafts felt and ribbon scraps to make a soft  and simple "rattle" to entertain baby. Black-and-white patterns are said to visually captivate the youngest of infants…try a zebra print or a houndstooth check with bits of ribbon and rickrack as trim.

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Inspired by a design from Katie Hennagir of Katie Hennagir Designs.

Materials:

  • 2--5x9" pieces black-and-white print crafts felt
  • 9--3"-long pieces ribbons and rickrack in red and black
  • Washable glue stick
  • Polyester fiberfill stuffing
  • Pencil with eraser

Finished toy: 4x8" excluding ribbon tags

Cut Fabric:

Click on "Download this Pattern" above for pattern pieces.

From black-and-white print crafts felt, cut:

  • 2 of Rattle Pattern

Assemble the Toy

1. Apply glue to wrong-side of cut edges of a 3"-long ribbon or rickrack piece; fold piece in half and secure glued ends together to make a loop. Repeat with remaining ribbon and rickrack pieces.

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2. Pin loops to one rattle piece with cut ends of loops in.

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3. Machine-stitch loops in place, stitching 1/8" from outer edges.

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4. With wrong sides together, layer rattle piece with ribbon and rickrack loops and remaining rattle piece. Using short machine straight stitches, sew through all layers 1/4" from outer edges, leaving a 2" opening along one side of rattle for stuffing.

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5. Stuff with fiberfill. Use eraser end of pencil to push small tufts of fiberfill into rattle handle.

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6. Add another ribbon loop if needed and stitch opening closed to complete rattle.

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