How to make a crinkle taggie baby toy

This post is also available in: Italian

How to make a crinkly taggie baby toy

It’s become a bit of a tradition that when one of my friends has a first baby, I make a couple of these crinkly taggie baby toys. It’s a known fact that babies frequently prefer playing with non-playthings, so you’ll find them having fun with the toy’s packaging instead of the toy or the tag on the toy instead of the toy’s other features. And thus was born the Taggie, which is actually a registered trademark. These things are really so simple to make. All you have to do is sew folded ribbons into the seams of the object. I make these taggies hanky-sized so that they’re easy for baby to handle and with a special upcycled something inside to make a fascinating (at least for baby) crinkle noise. Here’s how to make a couple of these in 15 minutes or so, getting rid of scraps of fabric and ribbons and making new mom and baby happy!

How to make a crinkly taggie baby toy

Gather your materials. For two of these toys you’ll need: four 20 cm x 20 cm (8″ x 8″) squares of fabric, one washed and dried plastic cereal bag and scraps of ribbon, ric rac, t-shirt yarn that has been stretched out, etc. The fabric can be bigger or smaller or even completely different shapes, but I find this size to fit well onto half of a cereal bag. I like to use cotton flannel, but you could use whatever you want (though I’d stick with natural fibers, as babies put *everything* into their mouths). You could use velour or corduroy for extra tactile enjoyment or upcycle some fabrics from old clothing. Making a patchwork of different fabrics would be fun, too! This time I chose to make one toy with similar pastel colors on white and another with fabrics with black backgrounds.

How to make a crinkly taggie baby toy

If you have a flat label with your name or business on it, sew it in the corner of two of your squares (that will go on two separate toys) about 2 cm from each edge. If you have a side label, just use it like another ribbon when sewing.

How to make a crinkly taggie baby toy

Then start picking out your ribbons, ric rac, etc. Try to pick colors that will look nice with your fabric colors as well as a variety of textures, which makes it more interesting for baby. Don’t use yarn because the fibers could come off in baby’s mouth. Cut off pieces between 8 and 15 cm long and iron them in half. I left mine relatively long so that the baby’s hand can fit in them, but usually they’re shorter. Most ribbons are synthetic, so put an ironing cloth or other piece of fabric on top of the ribbon while ironing or else it could melt.

How to make a crinkly taggie baby toy

Take your cereal bag. Please make sure that you’ve washed and dried it thoroughly. You can use other types of plastic packaging, too. I remember having seen baby wipe packages used as a crinkly material. I use cereal bags because the plastic is food grade and hasn’t previously contained chemicals that are used in disposable wipes. Open the bag up along all the seams and cut it in half.

How to make a crinkly taggie baby toy

Place one of the fabric squares on top of each cereal bag half, right sides up. Position the ribbons on top of the fabric square with the folded end facing inwards and with the cut ends lined up more or less with the fabric square edge.

How to make a crinkly taggie baby toy

When you’re happy with the layout, pin them in place.

How to make a crinkly taggie baby toy

Place your other two fabric squares on top of the ribbons face down, lining up the edges with the squares below. Pin those in place, leaving the pins holding the ribbons as well.

How to make a crinkly taggie baby toy

Sew all along the edges with a 1 cm seam allowance (left). Leave a space open in the center of one side, preferably between two ribbons. The sewing machine’s feed dogs might not move the fabric sandwich along very well with the plastic on the bottom, so you might need to help it along. Don’t worry if the stitching doesn’t come out perfectly even. Nobody will see it! Then trim the fabric and plastic around the seams, clipping around the corners (right).

How to make a crinkly taggie baby toy

Turn the squares right side out through the hole you’ve left open. Iron the squares, taking care to turn the opening’s edges inwards. Then topstitch around the whole square close to the border, closing up the opening. It will be much easier to topstitch because the plastic is no longer on the outside. And that’s it! Here are the fronts and backs of my two crinkly taggie toys.

How to make a crinkly taggie baby toy

Now I’d like you to just TRY to resist crinkling these things! The sound and sensation is so interesting, even for a grownup, it’s no wonder babies can’t resist playing with this type of toy! Now go and make them for all of your little friends!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Share via:
Facebook Twitter Pinterest Plusone

32 Responses

  1. Bellissime le tue (rifinite benissimo!!) Anche io le avevo fatte e le trovo fantastiche! Io avevo usato la plastica dei sacchetti della pasta: un rumore stupendo!

  2. Ma che idea carina, cercherò di ricordarmela per i futuri bambini delle mie amiche.

  3. Thanks for the step-by-step! My daughter is expecting twins, so I’ll have to make a pair of these for them. :D

  4. My boys LOVED these toys when they were babies!!! I love your fabrics.

  5. They are cute but I would not make loops. It’s too easy for a baby to get it twisted over a tiny finger and cut off the circulation. The tabs would be fun for baby.

    • Hi Deebieg,
      Thanks for your comment. I made them long on purpose so that, while playing, the child can play manipulating the loops, also experimenting with trying to get their hands through the loops. They are definitely too small to go around the head, but I hadn’t considered that perhaps circulation could get cut off of a finger. I don’t think it’s very likely, but I suppose it could happen (as it could with any toy or object with only a couple of inches of cord/ribbon/long & thin part). But I think it would be just as easy for that to happen with the shorter label tags of the official Taggies if not easier because, being smaller, the tag could get wrapped around the finger tightly more easily by simply twisting the toy around a couple of times with the finger inserted. For the larger loops to pull that tightly around a tiny finger, they’d have to wrap around a LOT of times, which I think would be highly unlikely… that is unless there’s a jealous older sibling who does it to baby on purpose for a science experiment! Jealous older siblings are always dangerous! ;)

  6. che meraviglia …ti condivido ancora :D

  7. Ottima idea regalo, ed è anche utile per riutilizzare piccoli avanzi di nastri che altrimenti non sapremmo come usare! :)

  8. Ciao Lisa,
    amo questi giochini! Li ho fatti anche io per il mio nuovo piccolino! Sono semplici ma a lui piacciano più di molti altri sonagli “luci e suoni”!!
    Scusa, una domanda tecnica: dove hai fatto fare le tue etichette? Io non ho ancora trovato qualcuno che mi soddisfi…! (Se puoi dirmelo, ovviamente! :-)

    • Infatti, sono d’accordo con il tuo piccolino; questi sono più affascinanti!
      Nessun problema! Queste etichette sono da Dortex. Il sito è in italiano, ma vengono fatte e spedita dalla Germania. La qualità è buona e il prezzo piuttosto basso. Le mie sono semplici, ma si può anche caricare un logo o fare altre variazioni. Te lo consiglio! :)

  9. Dribble chops says:

    Great tutorial but is there a crinkle material that would pass ce certification? Or are cereal bags ok for that? Xx

    • Well, I’m sure that industrial made crinkle toys have some sort of tested material inside. I chose cereal bags as opposed to other plastic materials because, in order to be filled with cereal, the plastic has to be certified to contain food by the big industrials that produce the cereal. I definitely wouldn’t use the cereal bag anywhere exposed where it could get inside a baby’s mouth, but I feel pretty safe having it completely enclosed inside cotton fabric.

  10. I was wondering since there was a plastic bag inside, could you put some navy beans or rice inside to make it crunchy? My oldest daughter was given a bag similiar to that and she loved to chew on it when she was teething. Also makes it easier for the baby to hold.

    • What an interesting idea, Elsie! I’d never heard of something like that! Was the one your daughter had with an even layer of beans sewn in? I’m picturing a square toy like this one but sewn into squares with the rice or beans inside each square so that it doesn’t all end up in one corner. Or is it supposed to end up in one place? I’m intrigued!

  11. if you use a sheet of paper, preferably one that was going to the trash or recycle bin anyway, over the plastic it is easier to sew, then just rip the paper away when done.

    • That’s a great tip, Lin! This is something that I do when sewing on the laminated side of PUL fabric; I put tissue paper on top of the fabric, sew over both, then rip off the tissue paper. Thanks for sharing your idea!

  12. My son and daughter in law are expecting a little girl with Down’s Syndrome and she wants me to make a quilt with bright colors to keep Ellie engaged. I think I will make some of these too. I bet she will enjoy them. Thanks for the info!

    • Hi Sheryl, I’ll be that your little granddaughter will love these toys! There’s something about the feel and sound of these things that are irresistable… even to grownups! :)

  13. Can you machine wash and dry these? Love them!

  14. Can you machine wash and dry these cuties?

  15. Not sure if it’s already been brought to your attention, but you need to look into patents!! The word Taggie(S) is trademarked by Taggies! Also, any toy, blanket, pillow, etc with a LOOPED ribbon is patented! Could face legal actions if this post falls into the right hands and this definitely shouldn’t be promoted across the web as it is misleading to many whom do not know these things. Not trying to be the witch train, just looking out.

    • Hi, Sarh, Thank you for your comment and concern, but I don’t think there are any problems. I am not earning anything from this post (the instructions are not for sale, but are offered free of cost). The internet is full of knock-off tutorials that use the brand name, but I’ve never heard of it being a problem legally when it’s not a product that’s being sold. I appreciate your concern, though! :)

Trackbacks

  1. […] Lisa from Cucicucicoo shows how you can make a crinkle taggie toy.  They make great baby gifts and they’re easy to make.  The little tags of ribbon peeking out from the edge are appealing to young hands.  A layer of plastic between the layers will give it a nice crinkle noise.  Go to Cucicucicoo for a tutorial showing how to make it. […]

  2. […] his favorite toys are the kind that make crinkly noises, so I decided to try my hand at making a crinkle taggie baby toy like Lisa’s at […]

Speak Your Mind

*