I’ve been on a crafting kick lately. After inheriting a lot of fabric and notions from a cousin who moved to Australia there was a stack of colored felt that begged to become soft baby blocks. They are not hard to make and once you get started, it’s addictive. Thus far, baby has 21 blocks. Two of which are dice made with colorful buttons sewn tight. They are much kinder to fall upon than wooden blocks for the little guy.

How To:

1. Cut squares, each block uses six.

2. Decorate some squares, try ribbon or felt cut-outs.

3. Assemble the cube using embroidery thread to whip stitch the seams.

4. Stuff insides (I used cut up foam wrapped in crunchy plastic) before complete closure.


Soft baby blocks made using colorful felt, embroidery thread and ribbon.


The neighborhood toy store makes me sad. It’s a delapidated warehouse filled with cheap Chinese junk.


Necessity is the mother of invention. I have begun to sew toys at home. This one uses colorful scraps to great effect in a daisy chain that reminds me of a Christmas tree garland. Strips are cut, sewn into tubes and then linked up together. The toy is a hit with my 6 month old.


For an extra fun factor, add pieces of crinkly plastic into the links.


This weekend was spent crocheting a baby hat.  At first it was going to have ear flaps but the ball of yarn was plentiful and it extended into a hat with muffler.  Here are the results, with Hello Kitty modeling:


Winter hat in green wool/cotton/cashmere blend.