DIY Baby Sun Ray Toy

Our baby girl is starting to play with toys! At almost 5 months old, she’s still having a little difficulty holding on to things, and getting the right parts of certain toys into her mouth. So I decided to make her an easy to hold, sun shaped toy, with lots of rays to suck on. I also added a small circle of velcro in the middle, for extra tactile exploration. (I might try attaching something to the velcro later, too.) And finally, I got to add some crinkle, which I’ve been wanting to try. We had a bag of Sun Chips, and some of you told me those worked well. You were right!

So far she’s really having fun with the toy, and it holds her attention for quite a lot time. I have some directions below, if you’d like to try making one. It might even be a good holiday present.

Directions: (See images below.)

1 – Cut out two circles of fabric for the middle of the sun. (My circles were 5 inches in diameter.) Then cut out 7 rays, by folding some fabric in half, and cutting a long triangle shape. (My rays were about 7 inches in length.)
2 – Fold each ray in half, right side facing in, and sew up the side.
3 – Now turn the rays right-side out. (I used an end of one of my paint brushes to help with this.)
4 – I noticed most baby toys like this have knots in the end, for babies to suck on, and they’re right. (At least my kids like them.) So tie a knot in the end of each ray, if you’d like.

5 – Sew on a circle of velcro in the middle of each circle piece. (Sew on the right side of the fabric.) Then sew the end of each ray, one at a time, to one of the circles. When doing this, sew the rays on the right side of the fabric, and also sew the rays so that they’re pointing to the inside of the circle. (Then later, when you turn it right-side out, they’ll be pointing out.)
6 – Now place the other circle on top of the other circle, right side facing in, and sew around the edge, leaving about an inch un-sewn.
7 – Turn the circle right-side out, and tuck in some crinkle paper if you’d like. (I used a sun chip bag, but I’ve heard that diaper wipe bags work well too.)
8 – Then hand sew the opening shut. Done!

I put her on my lap while turning the rays right-side out, and it was so cute how fascinated she was. Maybe she already knew it was going to be for her.


  1. Cindy
    November 1, 2011 at 8:44 am

    How cute is this and simple too - need to find some babies to make this for :) Thank you Joel for another clever idea.

  2. Tata Roldan
    November 1, 2011 at 8:52 am

    oh my god!!! she is so beautiful...congratulations!

  3. November 1, 2011 at 8:54 am

    you are one great crafty dad.

  4. November 1, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Oh, how cute she is!

  5. November 1, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Ooh! I love this one! Isn't it fun to watch their little gears turn!? And what a cute bebeh!!

  6. November 1, 2011 at 9:17 am

    What a great toy! I can't believe she's 5 months already!

  7. November 1, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Oh, she's sweet :)

  8. November 1, 2011 at 10:42 am

    heh i made something similar last week.. I'm now thinking of making more and making a play mat to attach them too... i just need to make a trip to home depot for Styrofoam insulation tubs to be the inside of the arches to attach toys to..

    1. November 1, 2011 at 1:43 pm

      Thanks everyone! Yeah, we're having such a great time with her. She's a sweet baby! Michelle - Wow, I was also tempted to try making a little arching play mat, but wasn't sure what material to use for the arches. Let me know how it goes! I'd love to see how you do it!

  9. Kate S
    November 1, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Will definitely be making one of these for my almost 3 month old today. He is just starting to reach out and grab at toys so he will love this.

  10. November 1, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    this is a great idea!! ill try it asap for my 5months son, Im sure he will love it! you babygirl is soooo sweet :)

  11. Patricia Ágreda Ferrán
    November 1, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Wonderful!!! Both the toy and the baby :)

  12. November 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Oh my, forget the toy - check out that adorably chubby baby! Love her! The toy isn't bad either.

  13. November 1, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    A HI from Norway to you! I love your ideas - and that you share them with us! Here's what I made to my baby, just a few weeks ago. Quite similar, also with crincle paper inside, but I used transfer paper to make faces on the sun/star - familiar faces, of course, and I made a star for each member of our family. I also used different types of fabric on each side of each ray. My star is a bit smaller than your sun, and I have hung one on her car seat, one in her baby pram, and I keep one in the changing bag. Good idea to tie knots in the end of the rays! My baby would have loved that too!

    1. November 2, 2011 at 8:44 am

      Wow, I love this Marit! Great idea with the faces. You could even use them as decoration for the holidays. They look fantastic! I should try experimenting with transfer paper too. So many possibilities!

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  15. November 2, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Now that is such a cutie!!! And I like your project too!!! I can't believe how that little one has grown she is a sweetie pie!!!

  16. November 2, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    She is SO cute! And the toy is lovely!

  17. Celeste
    November 3, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Bookmarking this for my newborn's Christmas gift--I have made various "chew toys" in the past, but I really like all the grabby options on this sun shape. And your baby is absolutely precious--what a doll!

  18. November 5, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Such lovely toy! This is a great idea. Thanks.

  19. November 5, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    i'm totally into these kind of toys as my little boy is almost 7 months your little girl is so cute and the sun simple as great! tnx

  20. November 13, 2011 at 12:27 am

    Wanted to share my finished baby play-mat with arch's of course the more toys i make the more i can swap them out :P

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    Definitely making these for my little Lucy this Christmas. What a great way to use up some of the Amy Butler fat quarters I've been hoarding!

  23. Susan Kinnamon
    November 21, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I LOVED this idea! I embroidered a smiling face on mine and I stuffed the faces with fiberfill. I gave one to a 7 month old baby yesterday and she played and played with it! It made a huge hit! GREAT IDEA! Thanks!

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    and this is my little 8 months boy playing with 'yuour' toy tnx!!

  26. Nancy carlton
    December 18, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Hi Joel, I am a cousin of Shannon's mom and ran across your website while "surfing". Saw Shannon at her dad's wedding last yr. and knew you were having a little girl in June. I saw her picture on your site--what a cutie! What did you name her? Your work/avocation is so exciting. I'm very happy for all of you. Give Shannon my love. Nancy Carlton

    1. December 22, 2011 at 10:06 am

      Thanks Nancy! Nice to hear from you. I'll send you an email too!

  27. January 22, 2012 at 3:47 am

    Thanks for the tutorial!! It's great, I try to do it!

    1. January 22, 2012 at 6:23 am

      Wow, that looks great!

  28. February 2, 2012 at 4:21 am

    I just love LOVE all the stuff you make! Super easy and fun! and your baby is just the cutest!

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  31. April 23, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    Joel, thank you for this pattern/idea. I made 3 yesterday. Two are in the mail. One going to daughter in Belgium and one to daughter in Florida. I posted a photo on my Facebook page. Hope that is okay. Have your link there, too.

    1. April 23, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      That's great Patti! Cool!

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    Thank you Joel for such an awesome project! Here is my little chap loves it!

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  40. bri
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    You can also use a popcorn wrapper as a crinkler (if that's what you call it)

    1. May 1, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      Great idea!

  41. Carole
    June 14, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    Hello sir! Do you have a video of this craft? Its so cute. I want to make one. Thank you.

    1. June 17, 2014 at 9:39 am

      Hi Carole. Thanks! And no, I don't have a video for this one. If you look at the photos though, I think you can do it pretty easily. Give it a try!

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