This quick little toy can be whipped up in under an hour with some scraps of fabric and ribbon. The only other thing you need is some hobbyfill (stuffing). I chose ribbon and fabric with different textures and patterns to make it more interesting to play with. It would also be cool to put a rattle or bell in the middle of this…next time!
6 squares of fabric – I made my 13x13cm (this included 2cm for seams)
12 pieces of ribbon – at least 6cm long
Lay out your squares and ribbon pieces as shown below. You will use 2 of the squares as the top and bottom of the cube, sewing ribbon onto each side of these. The sides will each get 1 piece of ribbon sewn on.
Sew the ribbons to all the pieces 5mm from the edge of the fabric, with the ribbon going towards the centre of the square, on the right side of the fabric. This will reinforce the ribbons and save you pinning everything together.
Use 1cm seams for the rest of the cube.
Now, sew the sides of the cube together, right sides of the fabric together, taking care of the ribbon.
Sew the bottom square onto the cube.
Sew the top onto the cube leaving an opening about 3cm wide to turn the cube out. Trim the excess fabric from the corners.
Use a knitting needle or pen to poke the corners out so they sit nice. Stuff the cube with hobbyfill.
Handstitch the opening closed using a slipstitch.
I have since made another one of these, this time for my cousin’s son. It’s more of an activity cube, with some beads and fleece fringing on it. I also lined one of the sides with plastic so that it crinkles. I stamped his name on it too, because I can’t resist personalising things.