Do you have a baby or a toddler and a bunch of fabric scraps you’re probably not going to use? Don’t throw them away! Read on!
Tell me this doesn’t happen to you. (Really, just tell me it does and make me feel better):
I don’t have a changing table. Even if I did, I probably wouldn’t use it because, quite honestly, changing the boy’s diaper is, I imagine, a lot like wrangling a squid – not something I want to do with him on a small surface area five feet above the floor.
I usually just spread the portable changing pad on the floor and change him there. But then, sometimes I just leave the changing pad there out of sheer laziness, and the justification that I’m only going to have to get it back out in what seems like three seconds from now to change him again.
So there it is, wipes, diapers and changing pad out there on the floor and on more than one occasion, my one year old son has gotten hold of the wipes container and emptied it. The thing is, I’m not ignoring him. I see him heading for it. I’m sitting right there and…now don’t judge me…he is happy and doesn’t need anything for five whole minutes while emptying the wipes, so…I just let him do it.
I know, I know. Those things aren’t cheap, and probably not the healthiest for him to be handling and then, most likely, attempting to eat. It happened this morning:
I don’t know what it is about the baby wipes and tissues but I have a picture somewhere of my daughter doing the same thing with a box of tissues when she was about this age. That made me think: why not make one? Why not make one that isn’t full of chemicals, isn’t wasteful, is more colorful, and can be used again and again? So I set to work on what became the easiest DIY baby toy ever! Check it out!
Are you ready to make a wipe package toy to provide
hours minutes of entertainment for your baby? It’s so easy. Here is what you need:
- A bunch of fabric scraps
- A fat quarter (or even less – see measurements in instructions) of fabric
- Sewing machine, needle, thread, and pins
- Rotary cutter
- Cutting mat
- An empty wipes container that has the “snap-close” lid (see pics)
- Craft glue
Using your rotary cutter, ruler, and mat: Measure and cut an 11″ X 12″ rectangle of fabric.
Fold your rectangle in half (right sides together) to make a 6″ X 11″ rectangle and sew (I used 1/4 inch seams) down the long side.
Position the seam in the middle of the rectangle, turn over, and use your wipes container lid to trace an oval in the center of your fabric.
Pinch the fabric a bit somewhere on your oval marking in order to snip it with scissors to get it started, then cut the oval out (cut around the outside of your trace marking).
With the oval positioned in the center and the seam in the center of the other side, sew down the two short sides of the rectangle.
Snip the corners (without cutting into the sewn seams) if you think you need to in order to reduce bulk, then turn your “container” right-side-out by reaching through the oval and pulling the fabric through.
You could slap the lid on at this point and call it a day, but I wanted to make it look like an authentic wipes package so I pinched at the corners and sewed down along the short sides, like this:
Use your craft glue to attach the wipes container lid to the oval. Let it dry, then stuff it with fabric scraps and let your baby go to town! No waste, only FUN! You could mix it up and stuff it with crinkly paper scraps, too. Babies love crinkly stuff.
Notice I am using a different lid now? In the time it took me to do those steps, my daughter broke the other one. Good thing I had another practically empty container. I had to adjust the size of the oval slightly. No biggie.
And here we have the new and improved mess! Still requires clean up – but so much less wasteful. And not as wet. Ick.
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What kinds of toys have you made for your little ones?