Good morning and happy first day of December! I’ve already shared with you my tutorials for making a candy corn baby toy and a turkey baby toy. Today I have another one for holiday baby toys! These would make adorable gifts for little ones! The ribbons, rings, and crinkly arms make these great sensory toys for babies. This holiday craft is not quick like some of the others I’ll be posting, but if you are looking for a fun sewing project and have some time to invest, this is the project for you!
- Printable pattern
- Ribbon scraps
- Baby toy rings
- Sewing notions like scissors, thread, pencil, and ruler
- FOR PENGUIN: Black fabric, orange fabric, white felt (for eyes and tummy), orange felt (for beak), and black felt (for eyes).
- FOR RUDOLPH: Brown fabric, Polka Dot brown fabric for legs, tan felt (for tummy, antlers, paws), white felt (for eyes, snout, ears, paws), red felt (for nose) and black embroidery thread.
- FOR CHRISTMAS TREE: Green fabric, brown fabric (for legs), white and black felt (for eyes), red pom pom trim, black embroidery thread, red ribbon for bow.
* A quick note about safety: Always use your own discretion when making toys for your baby. This toy is meant to be used under supervision and should never be used as a pillow in a baby’s crib. Pre-wash all fabrics and ribbons (I hand wash my ribbons). Use a small stitch and test your seams by pulling on them.
STEP 1: Cut out all fabric pieces using the printable pattern above. The pattern does not include seam allowance so be sure to add your seam allowance to each piece. I chose to add 1/4″ seam allowance, but it is up to you whatever you are comfortable with!
LEG 1: Leg one is finished with ribbon loops that babies love to play with! The ribbon loops are sewn onto one end of the rectangle, laying them on the right side of the fabric. Your ribbon loops should be placed 1/4″ in from the edge (see picture below for placement). After the ribbon loops are sewn down, sew your leg together by folding the rectangle in half with right sides together. Sew using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Flip tube inside out and press with the seam on one side.
LEG 2: Sew the leg by folding the rectangle in half with right sides together. Sew using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Flip tube inside out and press with the seam on one side. Leg 2 is finished by creating a loop for the plastic rings. Fold the end of the leg under 1/4″ and then again 1.5″ and sew along the top folded edge. This creates a loop with no raw edges.
You can tie a knot in each leg at the halfway mark. I then made sure both my legs were the same length and needed to trim one to make sure they were.
* For the penguin and tree skip to step 5!
STEP 3: Sew the ears. Stitch white felt onto the right side of the ear fronts. Then with right sides together, sew the ear fronts and backs together. Trim seam allowance and flip inside out. Press. I folded the edges of the open end in towards the center to make the ears curved.
STEP 4: Sew the antlers. To make Rudolph’s antlers I cut four antlers out of tan felt. Each antler is made with two layers of the felt. Topstitch around the antler close to the edge.
STEP 5: Make the arms! All three of these holiday toys have arms filled with cellophane that will crinkle when baby plays with them! For Rudolph there is the extra step of stitching the two felt pieces that make up the paw. You can top stitch these to the right side of the arm pieces. I layered them so the tan was over the white.
For all arms sew with right sides together. Trim seam allowance and flip inside out. For the tree make sure to pull out each point. Press. Stuff with torn up pieces of cellophane.
STEP 6: Add the face! Each toy has different elements to add to the front of the body.
For Rudolph top stitch his tummy, snout, nose, and eyes onto the right side of the body. Using embroidery thread hand sew a mouth onto the snout.
For Penguin top stitch the tummy, eyes, and beak onto the right side of the body. Sew ribbon loops to the top of penguin’s head by laying them at the top pointing down (see placement in picture below). I initially used three ribbon loops but went back and added two more. Stitch close to the edge so this stitching will end up in your seam allowance.
For the Tree top stitch his felt eyes in place. With embroidery thread, hand sew a mouth. Using the machine, I stitched two rows of branches in black thread and added three rows of red pom pom trim to decorate the tree. The tree has gold ribbon loops at the top to represent a star. I used five gold ribbon loops and laid them pointing down and stitched close to the edge. (You can see the placement of the ribbons in the penguin picture below).
STEP 7: Sew arms and legs to front of body (ears and antlers too for Rudolph!) Lay the arms, legs (ears and antlers) on the front body piece with right sides together. Sew close to the edge so this stitching will be in the seam allowance. I arbitrarily placed all of my pieces but tried to make sure the arms were straight and the legs were evenly spaced so nothing would look wonkety! Make sure these are small and sturdy stitches since these seams may get a lot of wear and tear.
STEP 8: Sew body together. Sew the front and back body pieces, right sides together, keeping the bottom open. Trim your seam allowance.
STEP 9: Sew the bottom piece to the body leaving a hole at the back to flip everything inside out. This was the hardest part and requires some easing.
STEP 10: Final touches! Flip the body inside out through the hole you left. You can do some light pressing along the edges and then stuff it full! Hand stitch the opening closed. For the Christmas tree I hand sewed a little red bow to the top. Add the baby plastic rings and you are all finished!!
Finally your holiday baby toy is complete! There are definitely a lot of steps, but hopefully they are easy to follow! These would make great stocking stuffers!