These cat toys are quick and easy to make. They can be made out of any scraps you have lying around. Gauge is unimportant however I suggest you don’t use needles over about size 4mm as you need to ensure the stitches are tight enough to contain the stuffing. Use whatever needle size you feel is appropriate to the yarn you are using. The pink fish toy in the picture to the right is made from 100% cotton on 3.75mm needles.
Needles appropriately sized for your yarn (I suggest 3mm – 4mm)
Bodkin for sewing up
This is a relatively easy seeing project. I would recommend using a sewing machine however it is possible to do entirely by hand.
- Sewing machine/Needle & Thread
- Pieces of material
- Ruler or tape measure
To make the felt puzzle:
First cut out a square of felt. I really recommend you use easy measurements – for example if you want a 3×3 puzzle, cut a square with 6 inch sides, not 8 inches
Cut a square of your background material the same size as your felt square. Sew the two pieces together.
These toe-up socks have an easy-to-remember 8 row repeat and can be adapted to your own gauge and heel. The stitch guide I have given throughout the notes is what fits perfectly for my feet – I am a UK size 3.5 and I knit on 2.5mm circulars. You will need to adjust the pattern to fit your own foot size/gauge.
Fingering weight yarn
Circular needles. I recommend either 2.5mm or 2.25mm
1 stitch marker (optional – for using the Fleegle heel)
Knit your favourite toe. I cast on 24 on two circular knitting needles and then increase in every other round until I have 52 stitches in total.
These are simple toe up socks. I used scraps of sock yarn and 2.5 mm circular needles. These socks fit my (large!) 9 month old.
Cast on 16 in a figure of eight.
Knit one round
Round 1: for each needle: k1, kfb, knit to last two sts, kfb, k1
Round 2: knit all sts on both needles
Repeat these two rounds until you have 34 sts in total
Knit 17 rounds straight
I use the Fleegle heel as I find it’d the quickest and easiest.
Needle 1 (gusset needle): k2, kfb, knit to last 3 sts, kfb, k2
Needle 2: knit all sts
Knit all sts on both needles
These are some simple baby hats that are knitted in the round. They are suitable for approximately 0-6 months.
- 4mm double pointed needles
Simple Baby Hat
Cast on 54 stitches; Join taking care not to twist your stitches
*K1, P2* rib for approximately 1 inch
Knit straight for approximately 4 inches
Round 1: *K7, K2tog* six times
Round 2: Knit
Round 3: *K6, K2tog* six times
Round 4: Knit
Round 5: *K5, K2tog* six times
Round 6: Knit
Round 7: *K4, K2tog* six times
Round 8: Knit
Round 9: *K3, K2tog* six times
Round 10: Knit
Round 11: *K2, K2tog* six times
Round 12: *K, K2tog* six times
Round 13: *K2tog* six times
Round 14: *K2tog* three times
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It is really easy to make your own baby footprint and handprint keepsake. The beauty of making your own is that you can personalise it in any way you want – make the dough different colours, different shapes or do different hand/foot combinations. You also don’t have to be arty to make this keepsake and if you mess it up, it’s easy to redo! You can also make it using ordinary kitchen cupboard essentials so there’s no need to spend money on fancy products.
To make the salt dough, you will need:
This baby soft book is a really easy sewing project. If you have a sewing machine, it will speed up the process however the soft book can easily be completely hand-sewn.
- Coloured fabric (for the cover)
- Plain fabric (for the pages)
- Coloured felt and/or fabric (for the pictures)
- Various coloured threads
- Toy stuffing (optional)
To make the soft book:
First, decide what pictures you want to use. You want to think about using simple images which are bold and bright, possibly with areas that you can embroider for extra interest in terms ofboth colour and touch. I used six images:
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This snake toy is perfect for using up all the scraps of yarn you might have lying around. This snake toy is knitted in the round and uses basic increases and decreases. It is a great project if you want to start knitting in the round on circular needles but don’t want to knit socks. If you get stuck Silver’s Sock Class has fantastic pictures and instructions which uses the same techniques I’ve used for the pattern below.
- 2 x Circular needles (use needles appropriate to your yarn – I used 2.5mm)
- Toy stuffing
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Free Knitting Pattern: Easy Stashbusting Snake Toy
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This is a really simple knitted toy to make and because it’s so small (the final ghost stands at around 7cm high), it is really quick to make.
- White DK wool (acrylic is probably best)
- Some scrap DK wool (for the eyes and mouth)
- Grey DK wool (optional – depends on what colour you want the chains to be)
- A darning needle (for sewing up)
- A small amount of stuffing (if you don’t want to buy toy stuffing, you can use scraps of wool or material – but make sure it is a light colour so it doesn’t show through)
This is a really easy embroidery project suitable for beginners. It doesn’t take too long to complete and is really easy to do. These hearts also make a fantastic home-made gift.
To make the embroidered heart ornament you will need:
- Scrap paper or cardboard
- Sharp scissors
- Two different coloured pieces of felt (or suitable material – the outer piece should be fairly robust but the inner piece can be a much lighter fabric if required)
- Coloured thread
- Embellishments such as ribbons, buttons and beads
- Pins or safety pins
To make the embroidered heart:
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