Ivy’s handmade toys

8 Sep 2015

Category: Baby, DIY & Crafts

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A former student of mine several years back, said something that I was reminded of yesterday as I made a new toy for Ivy. She laughed and said, “Oh Miss, I feel sorry for any of your future kids!” I gasped with “Why??!” She went on to say that my children would get bullied at school because I would make them everything, including their clothes, school bag and would you believe, lunchbox!

Well, she was right. Not sure that I’d make Ivy her lunch box, but hey, I’ll give it a shot when the time comes.

Here’s what I have made so far. A rattle. Which she hates. Ha!

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Grab a little plastic water bottle and poke some holes in the bottom with a sharp knife
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Cut some lengths of ribbon and push through the holes at the bottom with a skewer. You may need to make the holes bigger to get the ribbon through.
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Tie a knot at the end and pull through.
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Tie a knot at the other end and trim.Pull the ribbom through from the bottom so it hangs from the bottom of the bottle. Repeat with different types of ribbon.
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Here are some things you could use to pop inside the bottle. I cut out some shapes with felt, added some chain for noise, pom poms and bits of wool. I tried not to include little things that could be a choking hazard if the bottle was opened. Secure the top with some tape.

Here’s another toy that Ivy pretty much ignores. It’s a texture book made with a range of different fabrics.
This toy is pretty straight forward. Just cut a few pieces of different fabrics the same size and sew down one size. I overlocked the edges of the fabric to stop fraying.

Op shops are great places to get scrap bits of fabrics.

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The great thing about both these toys is they cost practically nothing, were fun to make (in between nappies, feeding, crying, nappies, feeding, sleeping and crying) and I’m pretty certain Ivy will like them one day. #mumhopes