Thursday, August 14, 2014

FREE ePattern and Tutorial - Cushiony Carrot Crinkle Toy

Posted by Kashmira

Ever had one of those emergencies where you had to quickly come up with an adorable infant gift within a time crunch? No? Um.. well here's a tutorial anyway for a cute little crinkle toy. Coz when it comes to babies, there's nothing quite as amusing as the puckery, crumply, creasy sound of plastic! 

We've gone one step ahead and made a toy that's not just crinkly, it's also soft and cushiony. And the best part? All you need to spend time-wise is an hour at most, from start to finish.

Here are some details about the project:

Level: Beginner/Intermediate. (No complex sewing techniques required other than sewing on curves.)

Time Required: 1 Hour or less

  • Basic sewing supplies such as sewing machine, thread, needle, pins, cutting mat and rotary cutter (optional), scissors, ruler/ tape, tailor's chalk or fabric marker, iron for pressing.
  • Fabric supplies as follows:

  1. ¼ yard or 1 Fat Quarter orange fabric for the carrot
  2. ¼ yard or 1 Fat Quarter green fabric for the leaves.
  3. About 20 to 50g (a handful) polyfill for stuffing
  4. A piece of crinkly plastic or cellophane, like an empty bag of baby wipes, scrap plastic packaging or bag of chips (washed and dried)
Finished Size: The finished carrot is approx 9" long and 4" wide.

Link to ePattern and Tutorial: Download the ePattern and Tutorial pdf here


Here's an idea: Pair up this crunchy carrot with a popular bunny board book and you have a winning combination of handmade and ready made gift!

Some suggestions for the accompanying board book:
1) 'Guess How Much I Love You' by Sam McBratney
2) 'Goodnight Moon' by Margaret Wise Brown
3) 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit' by Beatrix Potter

So give this toy a go and gift it to an unsuspecting baby who's sure to say 'It's been nice gnawing you!'

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