Saturday, October 15, 2011

Homemade Crinkle Paper

The Drew-meister is loving things that make noise.  He has a few toys that have parts made out of that crinkley-paper-fabric stuff.  You know what I'm talking about. 

The other day I finished off a box of cereal and as I was going to throw away the bag from inside the box I thought, "This sounds just like that crinkle paper stuff."  And an idea was born.

Why not make the cereal bag into a baby toy?  I then evaluated this idea to see if it was the sleep deprivation/need to get out of the house talking (because it kind of sounds like it) and decided it was worth a shot.  So here's what I did:

1. Take the cereal bag out of the box.  I definitely did not even rinse it off.  I figured I'd wash the finished project before I gave it to Drew and there's no need for extra work.  Ever.  You could also use the packaging from wipes, or whatever else sounds nice and crinkley.

2.  Gather the rest of the supplies: fabric, ribbon, cutting mat, rotary cutter, sewing machine

3. Cut the bag to the desired size and then cut two pieces of fabric to the same size.

4. Layer your fabric in this order and then pin
       - fabric, face up
       - fabric, face down
       - cereal bag

5. Fold the ribbon in half, put it between the fabric layers (folded side pointing to the center of the fabric) and pin it in place. 

6. Sew around the edges, leaving a hole to turn it inside out.  It will bunch and move while you're sewing.  No big deal.  It's not a perfection-necessary project.  Which is why I like it.  I don't believe in perfection.  Well, unless you're hanging a picture or some art on my walls.  Then I definitely believe in perfection.  And a level.  But other than that...

7.  Turn the project right-side-out through the hole and then sew a 1/4 seam around all of the edges.

8.  That's it!  You're done!  The babe LOVES it!  The ribbon loop is great for attaching it to the links on his car seat.  I've washed his in the washing machine a couple times, but I hang it to dry.  I figured a melted cereal bag would probably be less than fun to clean out of the dryer...

Total price of this project?  A big ol' NADA!  It was made with all stuff I had on hand - love projects like this! 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this awesome tutorial! I was searching for cheaper ways to make crinkly toys for my ferrets and buying cellophane seemed like my only option at first.