Thursday, January 12, 2012

Crinkle Sensory Toy

Our little miss Shelb's has been fascinated with the wrappers that hold baby wipes. I guess it's the sound she likes? Anyways, I figured it would be pretty easy to put together a more "baby-friendly" sensory toy for her. Using the wipe wrapper of course!

The best part is, you can totally use scraps, and make it any size you want! I even added some ribbon detail, kinda like the ones on those little Taggie blankets.

What you need:
2 pieces of material
An empty baby wipes refill
Some ribbon
Sewing machine, and thread

I cut out my scrap pieces to measure 5x10". The ribbon measured anywhere from 3-6". I cut several pieces of ribbon, but in the end, only used four pieces.

Place your fabric pieces right side together. Take your ribbon piece and fold in half. Insert the ribbon, folded edge first, so it's "sandwiched" between your fabric. Pin in place.

Sew all the way around, making sure you leave a two inch opening on one end. Backstitch at the beginning and the end.

Trim around the edges, clipping the angles off the corners, but be careful not to cut through your stitching. Turn right-side out.

This is what it will look like when you turn it. Don't be like me, iron your creation. ;)

Cut your wrapper to fit inside of your fabric. Stuff the wrapper in, through the 2" opening you left un-sewn.

Topstitch around the entire rectangle, making sure that the open part gets sewn shut.

There you have it! A simple little crinkle toy to keep your little one entertained!

Monday, January 9, 2012

A little MT and NM love, t-shirt style...

A couple weeks before we left for Montana I got a lovely surprise in the mail. It was from one of my oldest and dearest friends, Kim. She's an amazing talent, and makes being a nerd, cool. ;)

She sent Ry-pie and Cal J these awesome t-shirts, she made. One for Ry-pie, exclaiming our love and fondness for our dear state of NM, and one for Cal J, expressing the new love we hope to find in MT. I absolutely LOVE these shirts! Check out her shop, and buy one! She
can make them with other states too. She's cool like that.

Have a fabulous week!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A new year....

Wow. 2012 already? We're finally (semi) settled to our new life in Montana. For a 32 year old whose never lived outside of New Mexico, I like to think that I'm adjusting well, (for the most part anyway). My sewing machine and serger were finally unpacked - man I missed those puppies! I don't seem to have as much time with my "crafting" these days, (but I have been baking quite a bit). I will be sharing some things with you soon. Until then, I'll continue spending lots of time with these guys...

Here's to a great and productive new year!

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