Friday, September 2, 2011

{ Krinkle Toys }

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Today I want to share a super simple baby toy I made last week. With babies galore being born all around me, I need simple gifts that have the thoughtful touch of being handmade. These Krinkle Toys fit that bill. So come along as I show you how I made them, who knows? Maybe you'll make some too.

Let me start off by apologizing for the absence of some of the "progress" pictures that should be in this post. I worked on this project two evenings; the first evening I chose my fabric pallets and got all of my supplies pressed and cut. The second, I sewed. Somewhere between these two evenings I lost all of the pictures of the first evening. Whoops! Oh well the instructions are simple you'll see, so hopefully the lack of pictures will be overcome. Let's get going!

First you'll want to choose your fabrics. I chose to work with minky for a soft texture on one side of the toy and a woven cotton print for the second side. I chose this for visual interest and a different texture. I then chose ribbon that coordinated with my prints. This picture of a completed Krinkle Toy shows my choices for the "her" Krinkle Toy:

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And the "his" Krinkle Toy:

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So this is a good place to stop and talk about the "krinkle" in the Krinkle Toy. I used a Pirates' Booty chip bag, the big Costco size bag. If you don't know what Pirates' Booty is it doesn't matter, what matters is that it comes in a food safe foil bag that makes some nice crunchy crinkle noises. The bags that Veggie Straws and other Sensible Snack Brand snacks come in are this kind of bag too. If you still don't know what I'm talking about, you'll see an example later in the post.

Once you've picked your fabrics and your "krinkle", it's on to pressing and cutting. You can make your Krinkle Toy any shape you want, I decided to keep it simple and I cut mine in 9x9 inch squares. So here's what you'll need for one Krinkle Toy: 1 9x9 inch square of minky, 1 9x9 inch square of another material, 1 8x8 inch square of a Pirates' Booty bag, contrasting thread and ribbon for embellishment. I cut my ribbon in approximately 4 inch strips.

Now that you have all of your materials cut and prepped, set aside your "krinkle" and pin your two fabrics together right sides touching, wrong sides out.

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Then fold your ribbon pieces in half and pin them where you would like on your toy, with the loop side of the ribbon in and the cut edges left out.

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Now you're ready to sew, but you're going to want to make sure to leave a hole like this:

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Start sewing with a stay stitch and go all the way around the edges of your fabric with a 1/2 inch seem allowance stopping short of closing your hole. End with a stay stitch.

Now before you turn your toy right side out, cut off any excess corner material.

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Now flip it right side out and poke out your corners.

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Next you'll insert the "krinkle" into the center of the toy

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and lay it flat.

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Now pin 'er shut,

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and sew away!

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Start with a stay stitch on the edge that needs to be sewed shut sewing all the way until the tip of your presser foot comes to the edge of the fabric and then pivot the fabric. Do this all the way around your toy.  When the tip of your presser foot returns to touch your first row of stitching pivot again, continuing to sew, creating a quilted spiral effect. Repeat these steps until you reach the center of your toy and do a stay stitch to complete the toy.

Here's a shot to show what I mean by "quilted spiral effect".

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And voila! Here it is a completed Krinkle Toy, front and back of "his".

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And here's a picture of the completed "hers" Krinkle Toy, front.

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Now roll 'em up like a tacos, tie 'em each off with a strip of coordinating minky and they're ready to be thrown into a gift bag or box with the rest of "his" and "her" gifts.

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There you have it! How to make and give your very own Krinkle Toy.

Happy Friday! Have a great weekend and get sewing!

I'd love to hear your thoughts, ideas, questions or comments below in the comment area. Thanks for reading.


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6 comments:

Sewandthecity said...

Very nice idea...I love the quilting too!

Kimberly said...

That is such a fun idea!

Kimberly @ THE BROWN EYES HAVE IT

Daneilia @ Anchors Away said...
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mollyt said...

I've put Baby MumMum packaging in the krinkle toys I've made :)

Daneilia @ Anchors Away said...

I have seen various ones of these and yours is adorable with your extra touch of adding the spirals :)

I do have a question for you though. How do you hide the ends? I'm definitely a beginner sewer and I feel so lost when I look at things like that lol. Any help would be appreciated ;)

Catherine said...

Super quick and easy baby gift. Thanks for the inspiration!

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