Monday, May 13, 2013

Sew a Giraffe Softie Baby Toy

I love making homemade personal gifts for baby showers because it's such a fun time in the mother's life.  One of my friends had a baby shower so I wanted to make her a little gift to go with the registry items I bought.  After looking at some of Connor's favorite toys from when he was younger, I picked something that I thought would have appealed to him. The neck and legs are really easy for a baby to grab, the toy jingles, and the little tags are always a hit with babies.

I cut out a giraffe outline that I drew from some images I found online.
Then I traced the template on some fabric for a front and back.
I pinned the two pieces with right sides together and left openings for the taggie ribbons.
This was probably the most difficult part. I cut some small loops and then tried to arrange and pin them so they would look good when they were overlapping.

I put the loops on the INSIDE of the giraffe so that when he's turned right-side out, the loops will be on the outside.
I sewed around the edges, but left a small opening to turn the fabric right-side out.
I filled it with stuffing...
...and then added a small pouch with some jingle bells.
A few stitches by hand will close up the hole and it's done.
Hopefully, the giraffe will be a lot of fun to play with once the little one is a few months old!
And it was a boy! (in case you were wondering...)


  1. That's really cute, I like how you sewed up the jingle bells so they won't be a choking hazard.

  2. So cute! Any kiddo would love this! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  3. oh how cute! I made a bunny for my baby nephew, with taggies and with a thin neck, he loved it. this will be perfect for the baby to hold and cram in his mouth!

  4. This is sweet. I love the ribbon taggies and the bells are a great idea. Very cute! Krista @ A Handful of Everything

  5. That's really cute! And I love that you put a few jingle bells in there for some extra fun. :)

  6. You my dear always come up with the coolest things. I love the feel of silky ribbon!

  7. So cute! I'd love if you'd like up to The DIY'ers:

  8. this is super adorable... I bet your baby loves those ribbon tags....

    hugs xx Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  9. Buy baby toys online that engages, entertains, and educates and get a lot more fun for your little ones.


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