Cloth Chain Teething Toy for Baby

     This is day two of my 12 crafts in 12 days series of blog posts.  For day two, I decided to make Butter's new teething toy that's going in his stocking this year.  I once again visited Make It & Love It for the tutorial.  I absolutely despise plastic teething toys because of the toxins they leach into your baby's mouth.  Any cloth toys I can make or get my hands on are my go to.  I also love all silicone items, but they are very hard to find.  This cloth teether can be made with scraps too, which is great.  I have more scraps that need a project than I can count because I save everything.

     I picked five colors of cotton fabric, sewed them in about 5 minutes, and set them aside to turn and stuff while I watched TV.  Later on, while my kids watched Dinosaur Train, I got to work on them.  Little miss princess had a blast handing me stuffing and "helping".  They probably were a little over stuffed because of this, but I know polyfil is just too fun to resist.  It  made them a little tougher to sew, but I didn't mind too much.  Polyfil compacts over time anyway so they won't be so stiff down the road.

 

     Look at that; sweet little fabric tubes all in a row.  I especially love the tiny fish.  I got to sewing, and added my own special touch:  a loop to hang them with.  I love being able to attach a toy to our stroller or the car seat.  I used a scrap of quilt binding I had left over, cut it about the same length (but didn't stuff it), and sewed it into a flat strip.  Then I sewed velcro on each end so it would make a chain link when closed, then handstitched it to the last chain so it wouldn't fall off.  

And here it is velcro-ed closed:

And that is it!  Total time: less than one hour and much of that was spent multi-tasking and doing the tedious job of turning and stuffing.  If you have a baby coming and you know me, you may be getting one of these toys.  I want to make tons more!

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