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February 21, 2010

A quick and easy craft project that’s literally Child’s Play…

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I try to read other people’s blogs and make a comment when something catches my eye…

Yesterday I was reading Mallory Murray’s blog ” Modern Mind, Vintage Heart-  Handcrafted, Homemade, Heartfelt”  a blog also on WordPress.

On February 17th   Mallory posted an crafty idea that I had never seen before and it took my fancy. It can be found at the link the the bottom of this post.

It’s a little square of fabric that has little loops of ribbon sticking out that babies and play with, feel and suck. What a great idea !

A neighbour just down the street had a baby boy  at Christmas time, so this unusual idea really appealed to me. I resolved to make it some time.

Today my teeth are feeling better and some medication is helping with the cold so after a nap this morning I bought my sewing machine out to the dining room table so that a friend could sew a little project that she had planned, and she had a few scraps of fabric left over, which I duly scrounged err,  I mean recycled quickly into a little gift for our little newest  little neighbour.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Thanks Mallory for the inspiration…. this took no time at all to stitch, if you don’t count the time  it took me to re-pin the ribbons so that the loops were on the inside with the tails sticking out, when the right sides of the fabric were together. (Luckily the penny dropped before I actually started sewing.)

I did take one change and one short-cut. The change was to add two thin pieces of fabric to the inside of the square to make it a bit firmer.  The short-cut was  I found that it easier to leave a little unsewn  piece between the last ribbon and the corner on two sides, this meant that when I turned it though afterwards that I would have had to fashion those two edges back into a corner.

It was more fuss that I was up for with this cold and a simple tuck under on the diagonal was quicker and easier so I  did that instead.

Cool little project and fun to stitch. Thanks!

Here’s the link to Mallory’s page and the original idea.



  1. This turned out fabulously! I love love love the fabric you used! I should have included how to sew the ribbons – the first time I started to sew one I realized they were going to be on the wrong side and had to adjust. I’m new to writing instructions – next time I’ll remember. 🙂 Thanks for the mention and great job!

    Comment by mallorymurray — February 21, 2010 @ 1:50 am | Reply

    • Thanks Mallory, Yes, putting the tags in “back to front” on the inside is a little counter intuitive but it works well. I also reverse several times over them when I stitch them in so just as well I saw my mistake before I sewed or it might have been a big mess to unpick. I can take no kudos for the fabric, that’s all for my friend who used my sewing machine for her project and I got to happily use her off-cuts. Yes I liked the fabric too. Thanks for the inspiration!

      Comment by kiwidutch — February 21, 2010 @ 7:01 pm | Reply

  2. Wow that is so nice!love the little dutch material; hope you are feeling better.

    Comment by Rita — February 21, 2010 @ 12:03 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Rita, the material wasn’t even mine, it was just an off-cut from my friends sewing project. (never let a little recycling opportunity go by LOL). The cold is still nasty but that least my teeth are leaps and bounds better today. Thanks!

      Comment by kiwidutch — February 21, 2010 @ 6:55 pm | Reply

  3. The ribbons that stick out from all sides of the cloth add color! It would be nice to get into the head of a baby and see what that baby would think of this!

    Comment by sotsil — February 21, 2010 @ 11:21 pm | Reply

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