I have been brainstorming lots of handmade toys lately! My son is 17 months old and not grooving on “baby toys” like rattles that were easy to keep in the car, but he is still too young to enjoy coloring or drawing. He loves to look at books, which is fantastic, but I like having a few options to rotate in the carseat.
Last night he had his first bout of stomach flu and we were up all night, so I scrapped my elaborate scrapbusting project this morning. I had this cut, sewn, and photographed within an hour! Super fast, cheap, and it was a hit with my son.
You might recognize the green scrap from my very first project post and the bright blue is a twill that I used for my son’s Study Hall Jacket. I love being reminded of past projects when I use up scraps!
I was a little nervous that he was going to totally ignore it; he didn’t feel that well and rarely stops for long enough to blink, let alone play with a toy, while he is outside. The temptation of a buckle was too much to resist though, and he immediately started clicking away.
But then he remembered about his “hidey-hole” underneath the bush and ran off – taking his buckle book with him!
Want to make one of your own? Here’s how!
Supplies You’ll Need:
-3 random buckles. (I bought a lot of vintage notions off Ebay!)
-At least 3.5 feet of cording, lacing, ribbon, or webbing
-Fabric scraps for the car applique
-2 buttons for the car applique headlights (as always, use your discretion! If your little one is a biter/puller/gnawer, embroider some circles on instead of using buttons, they can be a safety hazard for mouthy little people)
-Wonder-Under scrap for the applique (optional – this is a fusible transfer product, you could just trace, pin, sew)
-2 rectangular scraps of woven fabric- 9.5″ long by 8″ tall
-2 rectangles of medium-weight interfacing-9.5″ long by 8″ tall(optional, depending on fabric weight)
-2 KAM Snap Sets & applying tools (optional, not pictured)
1. Trace the car & windshield shapes on to the Wonder Under on the smooth side. Iron on to the wrong side of the fabric scraps, trim.
2. Peel the paper backing off, position, and iron on to the main front toy piece. Sew 1/8-1/4″ away from the edge around the shape, both on the windshield and the car. Hand or machine sew the buttons on – they line up over the tires.
3. Iron on the interfacing to the body pieces, if desired. Loop cord/ribbon through the buckle ends and lay out. Make sure to leave a small amount of slack so the buckle can be manipulated – completely taut and it will be tough for your toddler to play with it!
4. Stitch each side of the buckles to the fabric, keeping about 1/4″ inside in an X-ed out box for security. Don’t forget lots of back-stitching for security. Trim extra cord off the edges.
5. Put both right sides together and make sure the buckles are tucked into the middle so you don’t accidentally sew over them and break a needle. Sew two row of stitching around the edges, leaving a 4″ opening to flip it inside out. The first row is at a 3/8″ seam allowance, and then another one at 1/2″ for extra secure seams.
6. Turn right side out and gently poke the corners out. Iron the opening smooth and topstitch 1/4″ around the edges, making sure to catch all 4 layers of the tucked in opening.
7. Optional – After sewing it all up, I decided it would bug me if the buckles were flopping around. I inserted two KAM snaps so it could roll shut vertically – any metal or plastic snap would work just fine!
You’re done! A quick, easy, scrapbusting toy for the toddler in your life.