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« on: December 03, 2008 12:59:39 AM »

I made these for the other babies in the parents' group I go to with my 6 month old son. The bubs are all teething and mostly just starting to do the commando crawl/roll/unsteady sitting up thing, so not really big enough for hard or complicated toys.

There are three different kinds of cubes - four are a mixture of superbright colours, two pale pastel "girly" hues, and one is all greens! (It's just the way it turned out)

Each cube has multiple textures and colours - smooth satin, soft velveteen, bumpy towel and scratchy brocade.
Each cube has two ribbon taggies for little fingers to pull and little mouths to suck on.

The BEST thing about all these cubes is that they're made of 99% recycled materials (literally -All apart from the new thread)!
The fabric I used came from my stash - the squares are an old towel, a nightie I had when I was ten, a thrifted dress, one of my partner's old cotton bathrobes and offcuts from other projects by both myself and my grandma. The aquamarine squares are even from plain hemp fabric I dyed myself a while back, for a bellydancing costume.
The cubes are stuffed with even more offcuts (I have a HUGE stash of them, I couldn't bear to throw even the tiniest sliver away, I felt guilty for being wasteful) so they've got a nice weight and are soft and squishy.

Here's the mountain of finished cubes

And here's the help I had with stuffing them (Future crafter in the making Grin)!
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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2008 01:07:13 AM »

What's great about these is not only do they have a variety of eye catching colours, but you also combined different textures into the blocks. Great work! Lots of lots of blocks are a baby's best friend...and what an inexpensive and no frills way to keep them happy. Love it!
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2008 02:04:19 AM »

They're really cute!  Smiley How do you get the blocks to keep their square shape? I made a couple of stress balls a while ago using 6 squares and they turned out round. No problem considering their purpose, but I was wondering what I had to do to make them squary.
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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2008 04:18:33 PM »

HAHAA! I love your icon!  I always want to eat babies' heads.  I mean--you know what I mean, pretending to eat them hahahaha. 

I love these! The moms and bubs will love them, too! 

Taggies were a great detail.  I love the terrycloth square!
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