Easiest DIY Baby Toy EVER!

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:

Big Mess

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!

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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
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • An empty wipes container that has the “snap-close” lid (see pics)
  • Craft glue

Step one:

Using your rotary cutter, ruler, and mat: Measure and cut an 11″ X 12″ rectangle of fabric.

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Step two:

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.

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Step three:

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.

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Step four:

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).

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Step five:

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.

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Step six:

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.

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Step seven:

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:

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Step eight:

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.

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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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27 Comments on Easiest DIY Baby Toy EVER!

  1. Elizabeth
    May 30, 2015 at 10:06 AM (3 years ago)

    That is ingenious! Well done! And fantastic tutorial :) Do you think it would occupy mine? nah but they are going to enjoy it with him.

    • notimefordiy
      May 30, 2015 at 12:42 PM (3 years ago)

      Thanks! It will occupy HIM and HE will occupy them! :)

  2. Torry
    June 1, 2015 at 11:07 PM (3 years ago)

    I thought this was very cute! Thanks for stretching my brain!

    • notimefordiy
      June 2, 2015 at 8:19 AM (3 years ago)

      Thanks! Glad you liked it! Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

    • notimefordiy
      June 3, 2015 at 12:42 PM (3 years ago)

      Thank you! I find the time by neglecting things like dishes and laundry! (shhhhh…don’t tell). Thanks for visiting me today!

  3. Vickie @Vickie's Kitchen and Garden
    June 5, 2015 at 3:08 AM (3 years ago)

    Oh I have to get making one of these for my granddaughter. she is just getting at the stage where I have to wrangle her too! She would love this. It’s nice co-hosting with you at the #HomeMattersParty
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  4. Jane
    June 5, 2015 at 6:35 PM (3 years ago)

    This is such a great idea. My kids were all about pulling out the tissues from the box (and I’ll admit I pretended not to see them to get those few minutes of peace)! What a great way to make use of some scraps. Thank you for sharing at the Home Matters Party!
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    • notimefordiy
      June 5, 2015 at 8:43 PM (3 years ago)

      Thank you, Jane! Glad to hear I’m not the only mom who turns a blind eye sometimes. :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  5. Kristi
    June 7, 2015 at 9:56 PM (3 years ago)

    Fun idea! I’m always looking for easy activities for my “littles.” Glad to be co-hosting with you this month! #homemattersparty

    • notimefordiy
      June 7, 2015 at 9:57 PM (3 years ago)

      Thank you, Kristi! Glad to be co-hosting with you, too!

  6. Kathleen
    June 9, 2015 at 8:08 AM (3 years ago)

    Hi Nicole, nice to meet you and co-host with you. I am blown away with you crafty people. That toy for little ones would keep them occupied for ages. Your creative juices must just keep flowing, I love it.

    • notimefordiy
      June 9, 2015 at 8:33 AM (3 years ago)

      Hi Kathleen! Nice to meet you and co-host with you as well! Glad you liked the toy. Thanks for visiting!

    • notimefordiy
      June 11, 2015 at 3:36 PM (3 years ago)

      Ahhh Melissa I just found your comment in my spam! Having a great time co-hosting with you, too! Thank you for dropping by and commenting and I am sorry my blog somehow marked you as spam!

  7. Starla B
    June 23, 2015 at 5:53 PM (2 years ago)

    What a cute and total simple looking DIY. Those are my favorite because I am not the craftiest person. I will have to show my BF this!

    • notimefordiy
      June 24, 2015 at 7:48 AM (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Starla! I’m glad you like it! I never considered myself a “crafty” person until recently and even now, I often go for the very same kind of projects: simple and easy! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. KM
    June 24, 2015 at 2:09 PM (2 years ago)

    I’m going to try this, since I have the same problem with my (nearly-2) little ‘un. She’s just had the kleenex box out and our living room is liberally sprinkled with tissues now. (LOL) She loves getting into the baby wipes as well and your squid-wrangling analogy was tailor-made for her. 😀

    • notimefordiy
      June 24, 2015 at 3:14 PM (2 years ago)

      Sounds like she and my son would get along well (or into a whole bunch of trouble) together! Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. Let me know how you wipes toy comes out!

  9. Ruth Meaney
    July 8, 2015 at 4:35 AM (2 years ago)

    This is such a cute idea! I have bub #2 due in 2 weeks so might have to whip one of these up soon!

    • notimefordiy
      July 8, 2015 at 11:42 AM (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Ruth! Congrats on the new little one coming! Definitely whip one up now so you’ll have it before he baby arrives! Thanks for reading and commenting!

  10. Rachel
    August 25, 2015 at 2:11 PM (2 years ago)

    Made this today for a friends toddler. Was super easy, even for my noob skills & turned out really cute! Plan on gifting another friends with one asap! Thanks!

    • notimefordiy
      August 25, 2015 at 9:00 PM (2 years ago)

      Yay! I’m so glad to hear it worked for you. My baby STILL plays with his! Thanks for visiting and commenting!

  11. Stacey
    July 12, 2016 at 11:55 PM (1 year ago)

    What a fantastic idea. My little girl pulls the wipes out all the time, so I am definitely making this. Thank you for such a great idea.

    • notimefordiy
      July 16, 2016 at 7:52 PM (1 year ago)

      You’re welcome! I don’t get to be on the blog that often these days and it’s so nice to still hear from people every once in a while who are reading or trying out my projects! I hope your little girl loves it! Let me know how it goes!

  12. Anna
    April 19, 2017 at 8:04 PM (8 months ago)

    I made one which my granddaughter LOVES. Tried to make one for someone else and cannot get the lid to stick. Do yours always stick well? I am considering drilling holes and tieing it on.

  13. Anna
    April 19, 2017 at 8:08 PM (8 months ago)

    Thanks for sharing this pattern. I made one for my granddaughter and she LOVES it. I tried to make one for a friend but I cannot get the lid to stick. I’m considering drilling holes and tieing it on. Also, for the scraps of material inside, I used pinking shears so there’s less fray without hemming.


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