Make a wee bunny or scrappy alien

DIY toy made from fabric scrapsThere are some really nice people on the Internets who make cute things and then share their patterns. I love making the stuff, but don’t have the talent to write the patterns.

These little plushies are small enough that you can sew them by hand.

Some uses for them:
– Force your child to get attached to one as his security bunny/bear/alien
– Attach to the outside of a store-bought baby gift to make it more personalized
– Place on a shelf in your house to remind yourself that you can make things besides babies
– Give to your mom as a reminder that she is the mommy and you are the child who still wants her approval

Benefits of this project:
– Motivates you to look into your scary box or bag of fabric scraps and use some and throw out some
– If you are not the type of person who has fabric scraps in your house, motivates you to head out to a fabric store and buy some
– Something to do while your partner is watching something you don’t care about on tv or hogging the computer
– Makes you appreciate the three naps a day your baby may be taking

Three small plush craft projects to choose from:
Mini Moopy – pictured above
Wee Bunny – from Wee Wonderfuls
Sock Dogs – Heather and I made these from Martha Stewart’s pattern. Here is the one I made after Martha wrote it up in 2002. (Instructions require both pages: Page 1, Page 2)

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RookieMoms.com co-founder Whitney lives with her husband, son, and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area where she writes about parenting, crafts, and activities that moms can do with babies in tow. She and Heather also publish 510Families.com, a site for East Bay parents and are the authors of The Rookie Mom's Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know.

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