This is a funny and simple idea to use a cross stitch pattern. Your baby will love it. It can also be used as a decoration item for a babyroom or as a gift. These baby soft blocks are appropriate for babies from 4 months old. At this age they start grabbing things and can pick up large objects such as blocks.
My baby it is little bit older, 15 month old, but still had some fun last night with the blocks. They provide great playing possibilities and good entertainment. As a working mom there is little time to invest in creative hobbies but this one it is simple and quick. I mean 2 weeks quick because the stitching is what it takes longer. Lets say an average of 1 hour a day. I also used a Aida fabric of 18 count per inch (18squares per 2,5cm). That means that the squares are already particularly small therefore is the stitching slower. The very quick part was sewing the cubes. It took me about 15 minutes 🙂
Here it is the material you need to make these baby soft blocks:
- Cotton fabric
- Foam (5 x5 cm thick or 10cm thick)
- All-purpose Glue
- Aida fabric (the Aida count is up to you)
- Sewing machine
- Needle and some thread
I only had 5 cm thick foam so I glued one on top of the other to make a block of 10cm. If you can find 10 cm foam, you spare some work.
I´ve used cotton fabric with bright colours and cut them in two different options just to see how it would fit the cross stitch in different sides of the block. I also already cut the Aida fabric before start stitching. That was not a good idea because during the stitching and holding the fabric in my hands, some loose threads were coming out on the sides. This happens quite often with Aida fabric. To avoid this you should stitch in a big piece of fabric with help of a stitching frame in case you have a high count (18 count or above) and then cut it. Important: Make sure when you cut the fabric to leave a seam allowance of 0,5 cm. When you sew all the pieces together bare in mind to leave an opening to insert the foam and then sew it by hand, as it is shown below.
Here are my final baby soft blocks. What do you think about it? If you liked it please share and/or leave a comment below.