“I” is for I Love You

Some very special people in my life recently became foster parents to a little boy, and this weekend was Baby I’s first birthday. Normally, my go-to gift for baby showers and kids’ parties are crochet stuffed animals or art supplies, but I decided to do something different this time. Baby I is blind and his favorite toys are the kind that make crinkly noises, so I decided to try my hand at making a crinkle taggie baby toy like Lisa’s at Cucicucicoo.

frontHappy Birthday Baby I!

This turned out to be a good scrap busting project, and I was able to use a variety of fabrics and materials with different textures, including, cotton, felt, and satin. I used some paisley printed cotton ribbon to emblazon I’s initial on one side of the crinkle square, and pieced together the misc. fabrics and a crochet flower on the other side. (Don’t worry. The flower’s center is blue and yellow felt, not a button.)

backThat orange flower looks radioactive.

I added pompom fringe and a crochet ruffle to the right and left sides so Baby I would have something to hold, and between the front and back of the square were for layers of plastic grocery bags to make the crinkly sound. To finish the edges, I used multiple threads – red, orange, yellow, green, and blue.

edgesRainbow stitches!

Between the baby piano, crinkly tiger, singing bunny, and other assorted toys and goodies (that filled the back of his foster mom’s car!) Baby I has plenty of new contenders for “favorite noise making toy.” Maybe I should have included some ear plugs for Mom and Dad.

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