D.I.Y. Baby Rattle or Soft Toy

Having kids makes crafting such a joy.  I’m making myself get comfortable using techniques I never thought I’d try and branching out to do new things.  I never thought I’d actually write ONE pattern, now I have 2 and am writing tutorials.  Who’d have thunk it??  Not me, that’s for sure.  I’m always hesitant to share because I feel like someone is going to mess it up because of my instructions.

So, I’ve thrown my inhibitions aside and decided to just have fun.  Today’s project was inspired by my littlest and my oldest daughter.  I wanted something easy for him to hold, with no extruding parts I’d have to worry about him pulling off.  And since Maya LOVES mustaches (seriously, I can guarantee if it’s a mustache on it, she’s gasping in awe), I decided to include one for her.  She’s away from us this weekend helping at her grandparents and I miss her terribly already .  But, enough chit-chat.  Let’s get on with the project!

Shake, Rattle and…Sound??

Well, I decided on a rattle, buuuut, I had zero rattle inserts and I’m not patient enough to wait and buy some.  I can assure you that if I had asked my husband to take me to Hobby Lobby, eyes would roll (my head might too).  So, I decided to make do and found these buttons from a previous trip OVER a year ago.  For shame…  At least now, they will have a good purpose.  I promise I will stop buying items just because.  What you’ll need for this project:


  • Basic sewing supplies: i.e. hands, machine, needles, scissors
  • Marking tools (pen/pencil or chalk)
  • Felt or minky for hair **You CAN use cotton for the hair, you’ll just have to use a satin stitch as shown here.
  • Music button or rattle insert (jingle bells work here as well)
  • Cotton for the body 5″ x 10″ per doll!!
  • Felt for the head 6″ x 12″
  • Cotton for the head 6″ x 6″
  • Interfacing (for lining the doll, it gives a smoother finish) *optional
  • Stuffing
  • 3/8″ ribbon
  • Fabric paint or fabric markers
  • Paintbrush and a bowl of water
Music Buttons. Purchased at Hobby Lobby, but Etsy should work.
Music Buttons. Purchased at Hobby Lobby, but Etsy should work.

***I cannot stress enough the importance of making sure toys are used responsibly!  These pieces may come loose if the seams were ever to tear, and pose a choking hazard.  I would highly suggest only allowing young babies and toddlers under 3 years of age to be supervised while using any toy with inserts.


I know, I know… I’m long-winded.  We’re finally ready to start.  Print off your template and cut out all of your pieces.  You should have:

  • 2 body pieces (per doll)
  • 2 head pieces (1 in cotton and 1 in felt for the back of the head)
  • 1 bang/front hair piece per doll
  • 1 mustache for your guy (trace and paint on face)
  • 1 cowlick for your guy
  • Use your template to trace your girl’s eyes on

Once you have all of your pieces cut, you can start painting the faces.  If you’re using fabric paint, you’ll have to allow time for them to dry.  If you used paint markers, like me, you can proceed quickly.  I use sharpie stained for my fabric paint markers.  You can add the “shine” to the eyes on the girl now, or wait until she is stuffed.

Sew your bangs onto each doll.  For the boy, use tailors’ chalk to draw your hair texture and stitch with a contrasting thread to get your detail.  You can do this by hand or with a machine.

Draw hair texture
Trace mustache

Attach the front of the head to the front body piece with right sides facing.  Sew together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Repeat for the back piece.  Layer both body pieces right sides together (being sure to pin cowlick in place for the boy) and sew around the body using a 1/4″ seam allowance, leave an opening for turning.

Baby rattle Collage

Be sure to trim your seam allowance using pinking shears or clip your curves.  Stuff firmly.  You can add your rattle or button in the head or body (I chose the latter).  Stuff a little first and then slide it in.  Play around with the position until you find a place you’re happy with it.  Fantasize about having a stuffing machine like they have at Build a Bear, and stuff some more.  Close with ladder-stitch.  Add your blush, and you’re done!

He’s pretty happy with his little toy.
Argh!! Blurry hands, babies don’t keep still. And my pitiful dog in the back 🙂


Honestly, when I first started, I thought the girl was going to be my favorite.  By the time they were finished, I’d changed my mind!  She was sassy and fought me the entire way.  For such a small girl, she acted like a diva.  Which is your favorite?  Let me know!


6 comments on “D.I.Y. Baby Rattle or Soft Toy

  1. They’re both great! Not surprised the girl turned out to be the most awkward to handle – I find the same!! Hope your Littles thoroughly enjoy their new toys. Found you via Blogging Buddies, where I just posted my latest blog bulletin! Have a great week.

    1. Thank you Isobel! Go figure, girls are a handful 🙂 I’ll be sure to stop by your blog, I haven’t been back on yet today. Hope you have a great week as well.

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