This is a soft taggy rattle that includes all of the elements that babies love: a jingly noise, lots of colors and patterns, and lots of ribbon to chew on. It also appeals to parents: it's handmade, you can never have too many small toys, and it's soft, so little babies won't bonk themselves in the face like they always do with plastic baby rattles.
This rattle is super simple to make, but to make it every easier for you, I've created a pattern that you can print and use. Find it here.
This toy will take you good sewers 15 minutes, maybe. Those of us with less sewing skills may have to allot half an hour, tops. Okay, set your timer, and let's get started.
Trace and cut out the pattern. You'll need 2 pieces 10" tall by 6" wide. (You can see that I used some scrap paper to make my pattern piece.)
Pin 6 or so ribbon loops to the right side of one rattle piece. The loops should be 3-4" long. Don't forget to point the loopy side inward.
Pin the other rattle piece on top, right sides together.
Sew around the rattle, leaving 1/2" seam allowances. Leave the bottom open.
Trim and turn.
Stuff your rattle. Throw one or two jingle bells in.
Sew ends closed.
Enjoy your rattle!