Did you see the article I did on the comfort snuggle blanket for babies and toddlers over at Little House Living? This one was made with super soft flannel and minky and was SO soft and cuddly.
But I'm told babies don't sleep all the time and sometimes they're pretty active and like to play. One mom-to-be tells me that her crinkle sheet was kept with the changing mat and was the only thing that would keep the little
devil angel from squirming away during changing time.
So this version has smooth satin ribbons around the outside in some nice bright colors, a regular cotton front and back – and the special crinkle liner that makes the interesting noise babies love when you scrunch it and wave it.
To Make Your Crinkle Ribbon Toy
- Two 12 inch squares of regular cotton in nice bright prints
- assorted ribbons
- crinkle liner for the play version – I suggest a washed cereal bag
This can be made in any size of course, smaller for smaller babies, larger for toddlers. See below for my smaller version too.
Cut your cloth accordingly! Cut out your two fabric pieces. Cut lengths of ribbon.
I cut mine 5 inches long and used a total of 24 pieces on a 12-inch square, 6 pieces per side. Fold the ribbon pieces in half with the printed or satin side facing out and pin them at regular intervals around the outside, taking care not to get too close to the corners. No need to measure, just eyeball it to get them fairly even.
Baste all of the ribbons in place with a quarter inch seam and then remove all of the pins.
Place the other fabric square on top, right sides facing in, then place the crinkle liner on the top and pin around the edges.
For the crinkle liner, I used a cereal bag because I considered that it was ‘food safe' and therefore safe if the baby sucked on it. Of course, I gave it a good wash beforehand. You can also use the sort of cellophane you can find in florist stores too. Anything that is clean, waterproof and makes a nice crinkly noise.
Stitch around the perimeter with a half-inch seam allowance, leaving a gap in one side of about 3 or 4 inches for turning.
Trim and round off the corners. Trim away the extra crinkle material close to the stitching line.
Turn the right side out and smooth everything flat. Give it a press if you need to, but be careful of using really high heat in case the cereal packet melts! Topstitch around the edge with a quarter-inch seam, taking care to fold in the raw edges and close up the gap you left earlier.
Crinkle and enjoy!
Here are some I made in smaller sizes too. Perfect to keep baby distracted during changing times and small enough to roll up with the changing mat or stuff in your bag. These are 6-inch squares. For the ribbon, it looks a bit over-sized at 5 inches, so my next one I made with 4 inches of ribbon for each piece, and that worked better.
Want some more ideas for sewing for new arrivals? Try some of these…click each element of the picture – they are links!