Tuesday, 27 November 2012

how to make a cube toy

Here is my latest project, some cube toys for some babies in my life. I bought this embroidery  alphabet from http://www.designsbysick.com  . The original idea is featured on the janome website but rather than just a,b,c,d,e I use the letters of this child's name,
 Of course if the name has too many letters, you have to go for another idea, so I'll be doing a soft book soon.

Here is the cube fabric shell sewn togther on all but one side.
You make squares embroidered with each letter of the child's name. You'd think that you would be limited to six letters or less, but I did find a way of going to 7 letters, by adding a book style flap. I went for about 6 cm square on this one, but it doesn't really matter since you cut the inside to size.

Then you use some styrofoam to make the cube, so great recycling there, since you seem to get tonnes of styrofoam when ever you unpack anything. You can combine pieces, just try to keep it square. Most of the fabric i used was just scraps from various refashions and bits and pieces from other recycling efforts. About the only thing i actually bought were the bells.

When you are happy with the size of the inside ,just sticky tape it all together. First , I put a little bell or two in a cavity to give the touch a rattle sound. Since the small bell will be encased in the toy, it's no risk to the baby. Mkae sure the cavity is big enough that the bell has room to move and so make a nice noise.

Then I cover the cube with some polyester wadding to make the toy soft and it's only a matter of putting on the fabric shell and hand stitching it closed on the last side.

You can also make it more interesting by adding some sequins sewn behind some see-through fabric on one side. i did this for one of the cube, as the name only had three letters.


  1. great idea to use styrofoam! :) lisa

  2. Never would have thought of using styrofoam! Fab idea.

  3. I got a kit for something like this from the quilt museum in York - £5 for a set of foam cubes and instructions. But I want to make more and didn't know where to source the thick cubes. your styrofoam sounds like a good idea!
    Sandy in the UK

  4. if you are really lucky you might even find a pre-modelled hole on your recycled styofoam in the right place! I save any flat sheets from packaging for when the mood takes me as it surprising expensive to buy.
    thanks for the support!