Friday, February 14, 2014

DIY Cloth Blocks Tutorial

This was actually one of those mistakes-turned-great kinda projects. I wanted to make unique cube Batu Serembans (or five stones) to play with but ended up making them a little bit bigger than expected. But Aidi and I had so much fun with these that I just had to share them.

You'll need:

Scraps of fabric you have left from another project.
A rotary cutter/scissors
A ruler
Some rice/green beans
Optional: A chopstick or something long

First cut 2 inch x 2 inch squares using a rotary cutter and ruler. You'll need 6 pieces for each cube. I made 30 squares for our 5 cubes.

Now take 2 pieces of squares and align two squares together. Place the fabric fronts facing one another. Stitch a line about 1/8 inch from the edge. A tip to remember about making cubes is not to sew until the end and leave about 1/8 from the end of the fabric.

Continue sewing pieces of squares together until you get a line of 4 squares.

Add on 2 more squares on both sides of the line.

Next align the sides together and stitch them together until you're left with only one side of the cube. 

This hole will be where you fill in your rice or beans.

Turn the cube inside out. A chopstick or something long will help to push the edges out.

Now pour in rice or beans into the hole and stitch the hole up.

I didn't manage to take a photo of the single block, Aidi was just too quick!

We stacked them up, threw them in laundry baskets and even tried to juggle with them. Playing ideas are limitless and they're great for sensory play!After we've had a blast, it was time to tidy up. Phew!

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