The other day, I decided to try making some car seat and stroller toys for our new baby girl to look at. I used high contrast scraps of felt, so they’re soft to touch, and fun for babies eyes to focus on. They were very fast and easy to make, and so far she loves looking at them! Instructions and more photos below if you’d like to try it out!
One thing I’d like to do next time is put some crinkle paper inside. I’ve never done that before. What do you all use for crinkle paper for your sewn baby toys?
Lastly, most car seat manuals strongly recommend you put the handle down while driving in the car. But when you get to the restaurant, or wherever, raise the handle back up and have instant entertainment for baby!
1 – Find some scrap pieces of felt. Use whatever shapes you’d like for the design portion. Then make sure you have a long strip (about 6 inches in length) of felt for the wrap around attachment piece.
2 – Now get a 6 inch length of elastic, and sew one end to the back of the main piece of felt.
3 – Flip it over and start sewing the decorative pieces onto the front of the design.
4 – Sew final pieces onto the design, and if you want to, you can sew decorative pieces onto the back of the design as well.
5 – Now take the 6 inch strip of felt and sew a 2 inch strip of velcro (loop side) to one end of the felt. Then flip it over and sew a 1 inch strip of velcro (hook side) to the back. (The long strip of velcro will allow the toy to attach to varied widths of stroller handles etc.)
6 – Now take the main design piece, and sew the end of the elastic to the middle of the felt strip. Done!