One of my favourite projects of the last few years has been these felt animal cubes I made for the little one while pregnant. The idea came from this etsy shop, but it doesn’t look like they currently have any on show. When I saw them, I immediately had one of those “I could make that” moments and set about planning my first few animals – a lion, a parrot and a penguin. I’m not by any means a perfectionist and I gave myself full licence to dive in, have a go and see what happened. I ended up making eight cubes (roughly 10cm square) for our little one, and three smaller ones (roughly 8cm square) for my nephew. They’re so simple to make, and the best part is they have actually become favourite toys in our house. Not only are they lovely soft toys, they’re great for stacking, hiding, and teaching colours and animal names. I learned a lot making these. For example, in the photo above you can see I sewed right across the bottom of the penguin’s white tummy with black. Now I know you can use two different colours of thread on a sewing machine which would have made the finish a little neater. If you’re thinking of having a go at making any similar to the ones in this post and have questions let me know and I’ll be happy to try and answer them. Or if you’d particularly like a tutorial for any of them, leave a comment. I’m happy to share my processes but I would say that half the fun for me was figuring out ways to make a three dimensional monkey’s tail or a pig’s snout that would hold up to some fairly rough handling.
I will be making a new cube in the coming months – a panda. Look out for a full tutorial when it’s done!