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.

Animal Rattles DIY

Animal Rattles DIY

Give the new parents a set of one-of-a-kind baby rattles to celebrate their bundle of joy. Babies love contrasting colors, soft textures, and fun rattle sounds. These DIY sewn baby rattles have all three of those elements plus the addition of cute animal photos.

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Materials and Tools

sewing machine
iron-on inkjet printer paper
home printer
cotton duck fabric
jingle bells
3 patterned fabrics, 1/2 yard each
white thread
polyester fiber

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.

Animal Rattles DIY

Animal Rattles DIY

Supplies: Sewing machine, iron on ink jet paper, home printer, cotton duck, jingle bells, three brightly colored patterned fabrics, scissors, white thread, polyester filling. Step 1: Print out three images of animals onto the iron on paper. I bought these cute graphics on Etsy as a downloadable file. Step 2: Iron the animal image onto the cotton duck.

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.

Animal Rattles DIY

Animal Rattles DIY

Step 3: Cut a rectangle shape around the animal. Leave 1” of space between the animal and the edge of the fabric. Step 4: Cut the same size rectangle out of a patterned fabric for the back of the rattle.

Sew Fabric 

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.

Animal Rattles DIY

Animal Rattles DIY

Step 5: With the right sides together, sew one cotton duck square to one patterned square 1/4” from the edge. Leave a 1” opening to fill the rattle.

Fill Rattle

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 Rattle

Sew all the way around the rattle 1/4" from the edge. Repeat with other patterned fabrics.

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