Monday, June 13, 2011

DIY: Urban Baby June 1-2-3 Soft Blocks

As you may already be aware, this month our studio is celebrating "Urban Baby June"- A month committed to creating projects for all of the babies we know! My morning browsing brought me to find this diy project, 1-2-3 Soft Blocks for babies, I'm sure that little toddler you know would love to teeth on these!

DIY 1-2-3 Soft Blocks (click here for the full project)
 by Adrienne Franklin

Pattern Level: Easy, some sewing experience helpful.
Finished Size: 3 blocks, 4", 6"& 8"
Seam Allowance: 1/2" used throughout and has been added.
Press carefully step-by-step and read instructions before
Materials needed:
3/8 yard solid yellow
3/8 yard each of the following: medium blue print, red print, and
navy print
3 packages of pre-made piping, polyester stuffing, matching
thread, paper backed fusible web (wonder under).

Cutting and Assembly:
1) For the 4" block cut: 1 - 5" square of solid yellow and a total of 5 - 5" squares
from other prints. 4 pieces of piping 5" long, 2 pieces 22" long. For the 6" block
cut: 1 - 7" square of solid yellow and a total of 5 - 7" squares from the other
prints. 4 pieces of piping 7" long, 2 pieces 30" long. For 8" block cut: 1 - 9"
square of solid yellow and a total of 5 - 9" squares from other prints. 4 pieces of
piping 9" long, 2 pieces 38" long.
2) Trace the numbers onto the paper side of the fusible web allowing 1/4" space
around each number.  Numbers are reversed and ready to trace.  Cut out numbers
roughly around edges and following manufacturer’s instructions fuse the #1 to the
wrong side of the red print, the #2 to the wrong side of the navy print and the #3
to the wrong side of the medium-blue print. Cut out numbers along drawn lines;
peel paper and fuse, centering on yellow background squares. Stitch around
edges of appliqués using contrasting thread and a satin stitch.
3) Note: Use a zipper foot on your sewing machine to sew piping.  To make one
block, sew a row of 4 squares, sewing squares right sides facing and sandwiching
a piece of piping into each seam.   Raw edges of piping should be aligned with the
raw edges of squares as they are sewn. See fig. 1.
4) To form sides of block, sew beginning of row to end of row right sides facing,
sandwiching a piece of piping in the seam line as you sew.
5) For top of block, baste a piece of piping to the right side of 1 square around all
outer edges, having raw edges of piping even with raw edges of square.  Taper
beginning and end of piping into seam line overlapping ends.  See fig 2.  Repeat
for bottom of block.  Sew top and bottom squares to sides of block, right sides
facing and matching corners on top and bottom to seam lines on sides. Stitch,
pivoting at corners and leaving an opening for turning and stuffing.  When both
top and bottom are sewn to block, turn right side out and stuff firmly.  Slipstitch
opening closed.  Repeat steps to make other blocks.

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