Sew a Baby Sensory Toy

7 Materials
2 Hours

This is a quick little project to use some of your fabric scraps and create a joyful moment for your baby (and quiet for mum!)

For this project, I am using the following materials (and recommendations)

  • 2 - 5” squares of fabric – I’m using cork and fleece, but you can use cotton or even upholstery. I wouldn’t recommend using thin material, but anything that can be washed in a washing machine would work
  • 1 - 2.5” by 5” rectangle of scrap fabric – I’m using upholstery linen.
  • A few 3.5” pieces of ribbons or webbing with width varying from ½”-1”.
  • Wrapping crinkly plastic – this can be anything you have around the house like cereal wrapper etc. 
  • 1-2 rattle inserts.
  • A small piece of doll stuffing.
  • Optional - 5” square of batting – I’m using felt. If you’re using heavy fabric, you can do without it. It’s just to give the toy a little bit of structure.


SA is ¼” unless mentioned differently. Fold the 2.5” by 5” piece of fabric in half, RST, so that you would have a square.

Sew the two sides, but leave about ¼” unsewn close to the opening.

Trim the corners and turn inside out.

Put a piece of wrapping paper, a rattle and some stuffing inside. Fold the opening and pin.

Place on one of the fabric squares and sew in place using 1/8” SA. I’m using it to hide a butterfly. Fold the tags and place them around the perimeter of one of the fabric squares. Baste them in place.

Sandwich the squares RST, and place the batting on top.

Sew around, leaving about 3” opening.

Trim the corners and turn inside out.

Pin the opening shut and topstitch using 1/8” SA.

The toy is ready!

I always have it in my stroller bag with me; whenever the baby gets fussy or bored, I give him to play; he LOVES it!

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  • Flipturn Flipturn on Aug 25, 2021

    The loops make it easy to attach with a lanyard and carabiner clip somewhere on the stroller to prevent baby from dropping it on the ground.