A Little Seahorse Rattle

How to Make a Little Seahorse Rattle
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Hello there! Tia and Laura from Little Button Diaries here. We have a lot of friends who are having babies and it can be a struggle to think of newborn gift ideas. This tutorial is for a cuddly seahorse rattle for babies. You can adapt it into the shape of any animal you like – as long as the shape can be depicted in a simple outline. If you can draw it, you can make it!

A Little Seahorse Rattle

Time to make : Two to threehours

Skill level : Intermediate

You Will Need

Step One

Begin by sketching out a seahorse. You can use the template below – just print the image so that it measures around 25cm high – exact measurements are not needed. If you’re drawing it, bear in mind you will need to poke out the edges and corners, so wider shapes are easier! Cut the fin shape out separately.

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Step Two

Pin the template to the fabric and cut two pieces – one the reverse of the other – with a 1 cm seam allowance.  From the contrasting fabric, cut four fins.

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Step Three

Sew each fin, right sides together, leaving the flat side open. Turn out, fold the raw edges in and press.

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Step Four

If you like, you can then add some textural stitches to the fins. Attach them by pinning on the centre of each body piece and sewing a straight stitch along the flat (turned in) edge.

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Step Five

Sew the two body pieces, right sides together, leaving a three inch gap at the back to turn out. Be careful to avoid sewing the fin into the seams!

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Step Six

Turn the seahorse the right way round, using a pencil to fully poke out all the corners and tail. Then stuff away, using the pencil again to poke all the fluff into the far corners.

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Step Six

Now make the rattle. Take a small box and fill loosely with rice or lentils. We used a tic tac box (although actually it was too big – so we chopped a chunk off the end and popped the lid on this bit instead to seal it. We were quite proud of ourselves!). Now squish it into the tummy of the seahorse, ensuring there are no hard edges pressing out.

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Step Seven

Hand stitch up the hole.

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Step Eight

Using black embroidery thread, stitch on a smile and two french knots for eyes (french knots are really easy, all you do is wrap the thread around the tip of the needle a few times and put the needle back in the spot where it came out).

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All done!

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This would make the perfect personalised gift for a newborn. Why not try other unusual creatures – we think a hedgehog would be nice!

For more crafting ideas, baking goodies and toddler activities check out our blog www.littlebuttondiaries.com

Tia & Laura x

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Little Button Diaries is the crafting and baking blog from two Brighton-based friends. We are Laura and Tia, and we share a love for all things creative. In the last couple of years we have both given birth to little girls – Harper and Amelie – and we wanted to start a blog to document all the things we get up to together. We’re very lucky that we only live round the corner from one another and have, well, pretty much everything in common. If we’re not chatting away about our blog we love to find new things to bake, projects to make and photographs to take. It’s not easy finding the time to make stuff with little ones running around your feet, but we want to show that having a baby doesn’t mean you have to stop doing the things you love, and that a lot can be achieved even in the space of a short nap! We’re not saying we are craft wizards, more ‘find a fault, make a feature’ kinda girls. We’re just doing the things we love because we love doing them and hope you will too!

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