fabric blocks for a birthday boy

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A cute little boy in our neighborhood recently turned 1, and Max and I decided to make him a little something. I made a few fabric blocks before Max was even born and they’ve gotten lots of use in our house and are still going strong. Max loves balls, but I don’t let him keep them in the house (his arm is a little too good these days!), so this is a good compromise. These blocks get tossed around the house a lot, but so far nothing’s been broken…

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Anyway, our set used up old scrap fabric, but for this set we went with this great organic line, GeoCentric, from Cloud 9. I love the geometric patterns and the bright colors and the canvas was just perfect for these blocks. I made four sizes – increasing each by 1/2″, and then made up one of Jeni’s drawstring project bags to store them in.

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Max was actually quite interested in our little project and was thrilled to be the one to hand me the stuffing (teeny piece by teeny piece!). It took a while to get them all stuffed, but it was fun to work with him on a little sewing project.

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So then once they were finished we had a quick little fabric block fight in the living room (just to make sure they were working correctly!) and then I spent far too long taking photos of them. And yesterday they were delivered to the birthday boy.

You can find GeoCentric fabrics at many shops, including Hawthorne Threads, Pink Chalk Fabrics (and on sale, too!), and Sew Modern to name a few!

I used this great cotton stuffing from Quilters Dream to stuff the blocks, purchased from Purl Soho.

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10 Responses to fabric blocks for a birthday boy

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    Elise says:

    So fun! You did a beautiful job, and even after throwing them around they still hold their shape!

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    Meaghan says:

    Love these! So fun!

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    Did you use a pattern for these you could point me in the direction of? Is it all hand sewing or is there some machine sewing involved? I’m not the speediest or most patient hand sewer :)

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    Angie says:

    You are such a great momma!

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    CJ says:

    They’re great, I bet they will be loved. And how nice to have a little helper to work with as well.

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    Shannon says:

    What an adorable present. That is so cool that Max helped out too.

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    Kaesey says:

    These are so fun! Great color choices. =)

    I made a few blocks when my daughter was born, and three years later she still likes to have them around. They’re more projectiles now, of course…..

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    Franziska says:

    what a sweet story. My daughter loves to “help” me, too. :) I try to enjoy the time, too, but sometimes I’m not patiently enough. ;)

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