Quiet Time Toys to Make for Little Ones


Quiet Toys Altoids 2

I thought I’d share some of the little “quiet time” toys I’ve been making.  I’m calling these “Altoidies”, but they’re supposed to be little mice that live in Altoids tins.  I left off the ears after I realized they’d likely get pinched in the tins when closed.  (Maybe I made their legs too long.)  Next time I’ll either make shorter legs and add the ears, or I’ll make the bodies out of really wild colors so that they look like happy little monsters, not mice.  I think they’re adorable as they are, so I’m leaving them this time.  You can get the pattern from mmmcrafts on Etsy.

Quiet Toys Altoids 3

The cream colored teddy bears remind me of Hobbes from Calvin and Hobbes.  I need to make an orange one for myself!  You know, to keep in my purse, because you never know when you might need to entertain a child.  Not because I want a tiny Hobbes in my purse … *ahem*

This next one I’ve seen all over the ‘net, but I still don’t know what to call it.  We’ll go with “button practice”.  You sew a large button to a ribbon, and sew a square of felt to the other end …

Quiet Toys Button Practice 1

and make a pile of felt squares with a slot cut in the middle.  A small child can practice buttoning by sliding each felt square over the button, until the ribbon is full of colorful squares.  (I made mine 2.5″ square.)

Quiet Toys Button Practice 2

Of course you’ll want to pay attention as this toy is used because the button could be a choking hazard.  I made a little case for this one to keep all the little pieces together.

Quiet Toys Button Practice 3

Tag blankets are great for babies and so quick to make!  These are a good size for babies to hold, and the minky fabric on the reverse is so soft and cuddly!  I made these with their parents’ favorite football team in mind, because these baby boys are going to be watching some football this season!  For extra security, I triple stitch when sewing the blankets and ribbons together, then top stitch around the top to “catch” the ribbons in place.

Quiet Toys Taggie Blankies

And this one is still a work in progress – globe stuffies!

Quiet Toys Globes 1

For $18 dollars for a yard of “globe fabric” (found on Spoonflower by Weavingmajor) you can make one 12″ globe, three 6″ globes and four 3″ globes that are perfect for juggling or hacky sack.

Quiet Toys Globes 2

Those little globes are fun to toss around!

With all the electronic diversions surrounding them, quiet toys that inspire creativity are very much needed in little ones’ lives.  Share your craftiness with the tiny ones in your life!

First Sewing Project

New Sewing Machine

As much as I love crafts, I’ve just never gotten into using a sewing machine.  I just treated myself to this one, and I’m still a little bit afraid of it.  Yes, I know it’s pink.  It’s still a little scary.

The instructions for loading up a bobbin and threading the machine were easy enough, so I worked on a little test swatch and decided to just jump into a project.  I found a tutorial for making rag edge burp cloths at Homemade by JillThis is a PERFECT first sewing project. Buying a set of flannel receiving blankets to use as fabric is an easy way to get a range of colors and designs that were made to go together.  The pattern doesn’t require pre-washing or ironing of the fabric, so you can get right to the interesting parts.  It doesn’t matter if the seam is perfect as the finished edge will be ragged to hide small mistakes, which is quite comforting to a newbie.  Really, it would be difficult to find an easier first sewing project.

It didn’t take long to have the stitching done.  Maybe I don’t need to be afraid of this thing after all.

First Project

Best of all, after sewing up a stack of burp cloths …

First Project

I got to sit in front of the TV watching football while fringing the edges.  Because really, what goes better with sewing than football?  ;)