Fabric Lovey for Baby (…a virtual busy bag exchange)

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This week, I’m participating in a virtual busy bag exchange with kids! Today’s post is a virtual busy bag exchange for babies, and in addition to my fabric lovey, Nadia from Teach Me Mommy is sharing how to make a textured photo book for babies. I’m so excited to share this with our new little one! Later this week I’ll be doing a virtual busy bag exchange for toddlers.

Making sure Floyd smiles for the camera
My son with “Floyd”

Now, before we get into the fabric lovey, let me give you a little back story. Earlier this summer Toby picked out two sewing projects, one for him, and one for baby.

“Floyd,” the stuffed monster to the right, was the result of our toddler sewing project (see more photos and read about the pattern book).

Since we completed the first project, someone had been on my case to make baby’s sewing project too! And, since new babies don’t really do much except for eat, sleep, and …well… you know, this lovey-style baby gift will get at least a few good months of mileage.

Making the Fabric Lovey for Baby

Making a busy bag for a baby is more of a creative exercise, since the younger kids are, the less they need to be entertained. Since we’ll be welcoming a newborn to the family very shortly, I thought this fabric lovey would be perfect for baby. Toby helped pick out the pattern (from Sew Together, Grow Together) as well as the fabric for the project.

We used a navy cotton terrycloth for one side, and a flannel caterpillar print for the other side. The ears and heart embellishments were made from those materials also. We used some white acrylic yarn for hair, and embroidery floss to make the eyes and mouth. I wasn’t originally planning to add any stuffing, but both the boys here (dad and big brother) thought it needed some, so this fabric lovey has just a little “poof” to it. To help hold everything together and define the fabric lovey’s shape, I top-stitched around the edge of the lovey, and added some top stitching on the face, arms, etc.

fabric baby lovey, first side
fabric baby lovey, first side
fabric baby lovey, second side
fabric baby lovey, second side

Benefits of a Fabric Lovey

Toby had fun helping make this, so I guess it was a toddler activity of sorts too. But in general, fabric loveys are great for babies because of their tactile sensory benefits. Having something to chew or suck on, different colors to look at, and different textures to feel — all these things make an object interesting for babies. Our newborn, when he arrives, will have to grow into all these “busy bag activity” …but that’s ok since it will extend this fabric lovey’s “life” as a toy of interest.

One other thing you can do to help a fabric lovey be comforting for babies is to make it smell like mom. You can accomplish that by sleeping with the lovey yourself for a few days, or holding the fabric lovey close to you when you’re holding your baby. That way, when baby isn’t next to you, “l’essence de mama” will still be nearby in a subtle, comforting way.

Wondering about other ways to enhance the tactile/sensory benefits of a homemade lovey? You could add little fabric tags to the edges, more colors of yarn for the hair, or multiple colored embellishments. While we didn’t add any crinkle fabric or bells to the inside of this lovey, when making a fabric lovey it is really easy to put such “sound-makers” inside.

Fabric Lovey Photo Gallery

I wanted to share some photos of how we made the fabric lovey, and also detail shots of what the finished product looked like. Click on any image below to view it in gallery mode.

Busy Bags for Babies

Here are some resources and ideas for making a busy bags for babies!

Virtual Busy Bag Exchange SeriesVirtual Busy Bag Exchange Series

This post is part of a virtual busy bag exchange.

Check it out for busy bag ideas that are portable for traveling, and more or less mess free. You’ll find busy bags for the following age ranges: babies, 1 year olds, 2 year olds, 3/4 year olds, 5/6 year olds, and school aged children.

15 Responses

  1. Nadia

    Brilliant Betsy! And I love your photo gallery! Thank you for participating;)

  2. Karyn

    This is so adorable!! Thanks for a fun idea!

  3. Betsy Finn

    Thanks Nadia! I had fun… can’t wait to try making your photo busy book — I foresee that being a project in our future ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Betsy Finn

    Thanks Karyn! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so glad my toddler picked this one out, it translated to a lovey perfectly (the original project was a fridge magnet guy!)

  5. Amanda @artsy_momma

    So cute! His smiling face is priceless!

  6. Betsy Finn

    Agreed, Amanda!

  7. trixi symonds

    Hi Betsy, love how you and Toby adapted ‘Fridge Shnookie’ to make a fabric lovey for the new arrival, he looks super cute and I love all your photos!

  8. Betsy Finn

    Yes, he seemed like the perfect pattern to make into a fabric lovey for baby! Thanks for the great patterns, we’ve really enjoyed your book, Trixi ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Helen Neale (@KiddyCharts)

    This is just lovely, Betsy – how utterly gorgeous that little fella is and how talented you are! Thanks so much for joining in with the Parenting Pin it Party again, really appreciate it. xx

  10. JDaniel4's Mom

    What cute lovey! I love the fabric you chose.

  11. Betsy Finn

    Aww, thanks Helen! This little lovey was really fun to make ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Betsy Finn

    Thanks! I have to admit, it was selected with toddler approval ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Evgenia (Shill O'POP)

    What a great idea, kids would love this!

  14. Too cute, and definitely a fun way to keep baby entertained!

  15. Betsy Finn

    Thanks Tshanina!