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Adorable Baby Blocks

Add a handmade touch of wonder for baby by sewing a dozen or more of these soft, poly-fiber-filled play blocks.

These washable blocks delight playful toddlers and fill baby's room with eye-catching color.

Finished block: 2-1/2" cube
Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances.
Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated

Download the Baby Block Pattern

What You Need:

  • Scraps of assorted prints, stripes, and solids (blocks, optional appliques)
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Fusible web (optional)

Cut Your Fabrics

Be sure to transfer the dots (matching points) marked on the pattern to the template, then to the fabric pieces.

The following instructions result in one block.

From assorted prints, stripes, and solids, cut:
-- 6 of Cube Pattern

Fuse the Shapes and Letters

To personalize your blocks, add a contrasting half circle, quarter circle, or letter to a side or two using our simplified fusible applique technique.

To use fusible web for cutting applique shapes, complete the following steps.

  1. Lay fusible web, paper side up, over patterns. Use a pencil to trace patterns, leaving at least 1/2" between tracings. Cut out fusible-web shapes roughly 1/4" outside traced lines.
  2. Following manufacturer's instructions, press fusible-web shapes onto backs of desired fabrics. Let cool, then cut out shapes on drawn lines; peel off paper backings.
  3. Press fusible-web appliques onto 3" fabric squares. Use a zigzag stitch to machine applique pieces in place.

Make the Block

  1. Referring to Diagram 1, sew together four squares, stopping and starting each seam at marked dots, 1/4" from corners.
  2. Matching dots, sew another square to one edge of pieced unit (Diagram 2).
  3. Repeat Step 2, joining remaining square to unsewn edge of pieced unit, leaving a 1-1/2" opening along one side for turning, to make a cube (Diagram 3).
  4. Turn cube right side out. Stuff with fiberfill to desired firmness, working fiberfill into corners. Using quilting thread or double thread, securely hand-sew opening together to complete the block.
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