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.