I have wanted to make some super cute cloth baby blocks with taggies ever since I knew I was pregnant with my first baby… but did I ever get around to it?!?! No, of course not! Well their day has come! Finally, and they are not even for my kids… I’m attending a beautiful mammas baby shower and thought why not try to whip some up for her, and I am in loooove with how they turned out! I’ll show you how these puppies came to be!
I decided to make 6 baby blocks, because in my mind this would be the best number of baby blocks for a small stack. So six baby blocks, each with 6 sides, that means I picked out 36 different patterned fabrics so that no side was the same. Here’s how my piles looked in the beginning. They changed over time as I laid out all my squares. Onto the tutorial!!
HOW TO SEW BABY BLOCKS WITH TAGGIES!!
- 36 different quilting weight fabrics
- Fiber fill to stuff your blocks (you could also use 4 inch squared foam)
- Rotary cutter or Scissors
- Coordinating thread
- Sewing Machine
- Needle and thread
- Iron (optional)
Step 1: Choose your fabrics! You can choose 36 different fabrics like I did or you could choose 6 and make all of your baby blocks the same. Or you could go crazy and just do whatever you want!!
Step 2: Cut your squares! I made my finished baby blocks 4 inches by 4 inches, so I cut 4 1/2 inch squares, to allow for 1/4 inch seams.
NOTE: To make the cutting process quicker I layered all 6 fabrics at a time and cut them together. Like this…
All 36 finished Squares!
Step 3: Lay out your squares into cross like shapes. Like this… This is when I switched around some of the fabrics in to a pattern more to my liking.
Step 4: Stitch your squares together!
NOTE: start sewing 1/4 of an inch from the beginning and stopping 1/4 inch from the end to allow more movement of fabric when sewing these edges to the sides of your baby block!!
- Start by stitching the first 4 squares together. Like this…
Step 5: Cut out 2 inch long strips of ribbon. I cut 18 strips of ribbon, to allow for 3 taggies per block (you can do more or less, it’s totally up to you).
Step 6: Pin the taggies to your block. Like this…
NOTE: You can pin your taggies to any side of the block. I made 6 baby blocks with taggies in all different spots.
Step 7: Sew the side squares of fabric to the 4 you already sewed together. leaving 1/4 inch unsewn at each end. Like this…
It should look something like this… Note the ends of the fabric are not sewn about 1/4 inch!!
Step 8: Start sewing the sides of your block! Like this…
Then like this…
Step 9: Then sew the top of your baby block. Like this… Remember to leave one side open to be able to stuff the baby block.
Step 10: Repeat previous steps 5 more times! You should have 6 baby blocks that look something like this…
Step 11: Stuff your baby blocks with fiber fill.
Don’t forget to rub all the fiber fill on your face first! Like this…
I stuffed the blocks till the were semi firm, and so no corners were sinking in.
Step 12: Hand stitch the baby blocks closed using an invisible stitch!
This is actually the first time I have ever hand stitched anything, and I had no idea how to do it. I looked up an awesome easy to follow YouTube video called “How to Stitch and Invisible Stitch (Tutorial)” to teach me the invisible stitch. This stitch is so fast and easy that I’ll be using it again and again to finish my sewing projects in the future.
I am so happy with how the baby blocks turned out!! I think I’ll be making a bunch more because they are super quick and easy to create! Maybe I’ll even make some for my own kiddos. If I have another babe?!?! Not pregnant!! and don’t plan to be for a bit…But maybe one day!
I was thinking that these baby blocks could be customize to fulfill your own baby block dreams, such as adding some kind of a noise maker inside the baby blocks. Options for this could be…
- a bell
- a squeaker
- crinkle material
The Taggies themselves can also have multiple purposes such as:
- a way to connect the block to other toys or together
- a way to hang it from in a car seat
- to hang as ornaments
- for the babes to chew on
The baby blocks can also be very customizable by:
- appliqueing letters or numbers on the side (IDEA: Each block has one letter of the new babies name?)
- appliqueing fabric photos on the sides
- making them any size you want
- using different textured fabric to stimulate touch
As you can see these baby blocks are very customizable. I look forward to making some more for friends and family. Maybe next time I’ll try appliqueing a name on the side or putting a noise maker inside the baby blocks. Until next time, enjoy making homemade gifts for the babies in your life and enjoy creating beautiful things!
P.S. Check out some more of my baby sewing projects here!
P.P.S. Items like this ones used in this tutorial can be found below. Just click on the photo of the product. Thanks so much!