Squishy Shapes

Today I made some cute little stuffed felt shapes complete with bells inside. They are a little wonky but I think that just adds character. I wanted to buy some for the baby but was discouraged by the $50AU price tag on the Lamaze ones, so I thought I would knock some together myself. They come complete with a loobylu tag! My skills in geometry do not permit me to make a round one which is too bad.

Here is a novelty shot. Shapes with belly from above:

43 Responses to “Squishy Shapes”

  1. soul_echoes@yahoo.com

    Those stuffed shapes are so cute! 🙂 Looks like something you’d find in a store. Maybe you should start a business making those on the side. How about making a Loobylu ragdoll too?

  2. reocookie@hotmail.com

    Handmade toys are the best! Those are great. Maybe you could make a round one with wedge shapes, like a basketball? The baby won’t care if it’s perfect or not …

  3. minnie0302@hotmail.com

    I think they are so adorable! 🙂
    I had many toys when I was a child, but the ones I held most special were the ones handmade by my Mom.
    I bet Baby-X will squeal happily when the bells tinkle.

  4. pezz@pezzgrrrl.com

    those are great! make sure you put those aside for Baby-X once s/he’s not a baby anymore.

  5. teentorque@hotmail.com

    Very cute! Now I want to try and make some! I don’t suppose you could give instructions on how to do it, could you? 🙂 Or just tell us what you stuff them with — I think I can muddle through the rest by myself. . . 🙂

  6. annamartin@ivillage.com

    you could take a ball, and put the material around it, and cut according to the shape of the ball — or you could cut strips, and sew them together in concentric rings..or you could try sections, like a grapefruit…or you could use a soccerball pattern: 32 sides, w/ 12 pentagons (blacks) and 20 hexagons (whites)…but maybe strips would be easier…you’d have to make sure that the side length of both the penatagons & hexagons were the same, so they’d match…but if you were ok with stitching on the outside so the seams showed, it could work.

  7. annamartin@ivillage.com

    you could take a ball, and put the material around it, and cut according to the shape of the ball — or you could cut strips, and sew them together in concentric rings..or you could try sections, like a grapefruit…or you could use a soccerball pattern: 32 sides, w/ 12 pentagons (blacks) and 20 hexagons (whites)…but maybe strips would be easier…you’d have to make sure that the side length of both the penatagons & hexagons were the same, so they’d match…but if you were ok with stitching on the outside so the seams showed, it could work.

  8. rue@mail.nu

    These are great. And yes, wonkyness does indeed add character. You could make a round one like a tennis ball… and if it turns out oblong or blob-like you still have the wonky excuse, which is immortal and all-purpose.

  9. tigsta22@hotmail.com

    Once again your creativity makes me smile.
    I wanted to know if you finished your baby bag, and if so, could you take a picture and show us? It was looking really cute when you started. Lil bunny and all 🙂 That would be great. I hope you are resting and enjoying your pregnancy! Take care!

  10. markpenta@rcn.com

    Loobylu! Just when I thought you couldn’t get any cuter! I don’t know, this might be over the edge! You never cease to amaze! Baby-x will adore those little felty-felt toys.

  11. kathryn@jazzyhands.com

    They are so cute. $50 is highway robbery. I used to make lots of toys for my son when he was younger but now…well it’s a bit hard to sew up a Playstation.

  12. momo@momofreaksout.com

    they are adorable, claire! you could make a giant one as a little tusion-poumf thingee.

  13. nat@artificialmemory.com

    they may be a bit technically advanced, if you’re just starting out making books, but keith smith has written several WONDERFUL books about bookmaking. check out “structure of the visual book” or “bookbinding for book artists” as a good starting point. His books tend to be kind of expensive, but they’re huge and well worth it.

  14. eli@eli-nati.com

    I love your shapes! A friend of mine just had a baby, and I’m trying to figure out what to make her. Maybe some squishy shapes … I also found this neat pattern for a “grab ball” and thought I’d share:Baby Grab Ball. Good luck with your new baby!

  15. celina@kindofblue.com

    if you don’t mind me asking, how did you ever make your own little tags like that?!

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