I went to a baby shower recently and decided to make some fun activity blankets for the two new little boys.
I used simple solid fleece for the background, and then added fun embellishments from my fabric stash. Three fun toys completed the ensemble. I did two different themes:
The sea theme blanket had a ribbon jellyfish sewn on, a treasure chest (with brown "leather" scraps and gold glitter felt), an oyster with a pearl (tan felt, pink and white satin scraps), a sewn on clownfish, and clear vinyl bubbles filled with sequins (I machine stitched around the vinyl twice to make sure it was very, very secure). The toys are a fish with a jingle bell inside, a turtle with a squeaker inside, and a starfish with a shaker inside. They can be removed with the rings to attach to a carseat or stroller.
Close up of fish and bubbles
The second blanket is space themed:
There is a ribbon shooting star sewn onto the page, silver glitter felt stars, plain yellow felt stars, and clear vinyl stars with sequins inside. The toys are a spaceship with a squeaker inside, an astronaut with a jingle bell inside, and an alien with a shaker inside. Again, they are obviously removable for more versatile use.
Close up of astronaut, glitter star, and vinyl star. I used black glitter felt for the astronaut's face.
Close up of the spaceship.
This was a simple and easy baby gift to put together but it is REALLY useful and fun to play with. The different textures, colors, and noises are perfect for a baby or young toddler. Hopefully it has inspired you to make your own!