If you sew…even just a little here and there…then I bet you probably have a bin (or three) of fabric scraps. My favorite thing about sewing…hands down…is the fabric. Seriously, I could look through fabric all day long and dream up projects that I’ll probably never get to (at least in the next 15 years)! So…I hate wasting fabric! I feel obligated to save my scraps! Needless to say, I have three giant bins full of fabric scraps, and am always looking for projects to use them up.
We also seem to have lots of babies (and thus baby presents) in our lives these days! It’s so funny how your life seems to go in phases. High School. College. The Wedding Phase. And now…the baby phase! I wonder what’s next …? Anyway, with all these babies, I’m always looking for unique, handmade gift ideas.
ENTER … DIY Baby Crinkle Papers!
Babies seem to love these noisy papers. Between the noise, the ribbon taggies, and the colorful patterns, some babies could stay entertained for
hours 10 minutes! They’re super easy to throw in your purse or diaper bag, too, so why not? Attach a pacifier to one of the ribbon tags…even better!
Convinced you need to make one, yet?
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Two 8” squares of fabric (you could go bigger or smaller…completely up to you). I used two different fabrics … a fun pattern, and a soft minky.
- Ribbon scraps … approximately 5” long. I used 6 (again, you could use more or less…or none depending on what you’re going for).
- Crinkle ‘material’ (see options below)
- Sewing machine, thread, and some straight pins
In the picture I have above, I show ‘official’ crinkle material. I used to sell these on Etsy, so I bought a bunch of this online at American Felt and Craft. You can buy it by the yard…so, really you could make an entire crinkle blanket. That wouldn’t help us use up scraps, though.
Don’t have any of this ‘official crinkle material’ around, and don’t feel like ordering it? How about using an empty wipes case! That’s how I made all my first crinkle papers. It works great…and it is a way to reuse another item we seem to have a ton of (wipes cases)!
Just cut the top out, slit the sides so it lays out flat, then cut an 8″ square:
Okay, now that you have your crinkle material cut, here’s how to make the cute crinkle paper:
Step 1: Fold ribbon pieces in half to form a loop. With fabric 1 laying FACE UP, pin loops in place with ends hanging over the edge (loop towards center) as shown:
Step 2: When all ribbon pieces are pinned in place, set fabric 2 FACE UP. Now, place fabric 1 with all the ribbons pinned on face down on top of the second square, matching up all sides. Right sides should now be facing. Pin squares together with a couple straight pins.
Step 3: Sew around square, leaving about 1.5″ gap along one edge to allow you to flip the paper inside-out. Backstitch on both sides of this 1.5″ opening.
Step 4: Place crinkle material on top of sewn square, and sew around outside again … leaving the same 1.5″ opening to flip in a minute. (NOTE: you could attempt to sew all three squares together at the same time (thus skipping one step), but I’ve always had better luck doing it twice. Sometimes the wipes case material gets a little slippery and hard to work with).
Step 5: Trim edges (remove excess fabric and ribbon ends outside of seam:
Step 6: Flip! Carefully, flip your square right-side out. Be gentle … wipes case likes to rip out of seam.
Be sure to fold in the edges where the opening was. We will top stitch in a minute to close the opening:
Step 7: Top stitch around edges, and ‘quilt’ across face of paper. I first sewed around entire perimeter of square, closing the gap where we flipped it. Next, I followed the chevron pattern of my fabric, and sewed white zig-zags through the face of my square. This ‘quilting’ helps hold the wipes case in place during repeated use and washings!
All Done! Admire your work:
Roll it up, and tie with a cute ribbon! There you have it … unique, handmade baby gift. Make a couple or a set of three if you’re feeling ambitious!
Good luck with your projects! Any other great fabric scrap projects I should know about??? My bins are getting fuller by the day!