How to Make a Fabric Baby Rattle
This makes the perfect handmade gift for baby since they love contrasting colors, interesting sounds and soft textures.
Materials and Tools
iron-on inkjet printer paper
cotton duck fabric
3 patterned fabrics, 1/2 yard each
Print and Iron
Print out an animal image onto iron-on paper (You can purchase graphics on Etsy as a downloadable file). Iron the animal image onto the cotton duck fabric following instructions on the iron-on paper packaging.
Cut Patterned Fabric
Cut a rectangle shape around the animal, leaving 1" of space between the animal and the edge of the fabric. Use this as a guide to cut the patterned fabric for the back of the rattle.
Place the cotton duck fabric flush on the patterned fabric (animal image and patterned side should be touching), and sew together 1/4" from the edge. Leave a 1" opening on one side.
Turn the rattle right side out, and fill with polyester fiber and a few jingle bells (Image 1). Pin the opening closed (Image 2).
Sew all the way around the rattle 1/4" from the edge. Repeat with other patterned fabrics.