Good morning! Today I am beyond excited to share with you my Harry Potter Baby Activity Cube!! I started making fabric baby cubes a few years ago when Bugaboo was first born. Now I love making them for friends, and both my kids have loved playing with them. This Harry-themed cube is one of my favorite crafts I have ever made. It was a lot of fun to sew, as you get to do a little of everything – embroidery, applique, and basic sewing.
This has the potential to make a great quiet book, but I love it as a cube. The activities are ideal for babies. It is so fun and interactive and offers a bunch of different sensory activities for little ones. There are wooden teething rings on quidditch hoops, a Hedwig owl that opens its wings to a baby owl that squeaks, a snitch that crinkles, and a flap which reveals Neville’s sneaky little toad Trevor! Harry’s face is on the top and numbers that remind me of 9 3/4 are on the bottom. The entire cube features lots of touchy-feely textures – perfect for babies to explore.
Below is the complete tutorial, including patterns for each side of the cube. This is the perfect baby shower gift for any Potter fan. Don’t forget to embroider your name and the date somewhere on the cube and this will make an amazing keepsake :)
Harry Potter Baby Activity Cube
** The Harry Potter Baby Activity Cube is not intended to be used as a pillow and should never be placed in a child’s crib or sleeping area. The cube is an interactive baby toy that should be routinely checked for signs of wear and tear. It should be used with adult supervision. Some tips to follow for safe sewing:
- When stitching the cube, test your seams by gently pulling on them. Make sure they are strong.
- Pre-wash all fabrics and ribbons. Do not use ribbons that bleed color or fabric that sheds glitter.
- You can use two rows of stitches when connecting the sides of the cube or on areas that will get more use than others.
- Always follow the directions on the packages of products you are purchasing for this cube.
- Use your own discretion on what is safe and appropriate for your child.
Step 1: Choose six cohesive fabrics to work as the background fabrics for your cube. I found beautiful metallic fabric from a local quilt store. The majority of it is from Hoffman California International Fabrics including “Winter Magic”, “Wrap it Up” and “Gilded Holiday”. The light peach cotton I used for Harry’s skin color came from Joann Fabrics and was laid over white cotton to make it more opaque. The number fabric is part of the Moda Circa 1934 Cosmo Cricket collection.
Each square should be cut to 8″ by 8″. This includes a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Step 2: Follow the individual tutorials for each side of the cube. Download the free printable pattern and instructions in pdf. format for each side, located at the end of this post.
Step 3: Once each side of the cube is completed, it is time to assemble the cube. Start by stitching the four cube sides, right sides together, with 1/4″ seam allowance. Press each seam open. When all four sides are stitched together, you will have a tube.
Stitch the top of the cube to the four sides. Press seams open and clip corners. The quidditch hoop side will be tricky as the wooden rings are close to the top. You can use a zipper foot if that helps give you more room.
Next, stitch the bottom of the cube to the four sides. Leave a sizable hole in the back so you can flip the cube inside out. Press seams opens and clip corners.
Step 4: Flip the cube inside out through the hole you left at the back.
Step 5: Stuff the cube. I like to pull my stuffing into smaller pieces and fluff it up that way so there aren’t any lumps. Hand-stitch the opening closed.
The baby activity cube is finished and ready to be gifted to the little HP fan in your life! While this is by no means a “quick” project, the completed cube is worth the effort! I’ll be back later this week with another Harry Potter-related craft!
I’m so excited to be participating in the series, Happy Harry Potter! Marissa of Rae Gun Ramblings is hosting two weeks of amazing Harry Potter-related crafts and projects plus two wonderful prize packs. Head on over to enter for a chance to win! :)
- Top of Cube, Harry Potter’s Face:
- Cube Side 1, Hogwart’s Crest:
- Cube Side 2, Hedwig:
- Cube Side 3, Snitch:
- Cube Side 4, Quidditch Hoops:
- Cube Bottom, Numbers
Piece of fabric cut to 8″ x 8″
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