This simple tutorial will show you how to make no sew felt shapes – easy enough anyone can make it!
My daughter is in that FUN phase of the preschool world where she’s exploring EVERYTHING around her! She’s been living with a magnifying glass in her pocket and her rain boots not too far away.
Since she is starting preschool in the fall I’ve been working with her to reinforce her knowledge of colors and shapes. We’ve been finding shapes in everything! And shapes always reminds her of her favorite Teletubbies shows! But we’ve discovered a NEW animated version that’s out on WildBrain’s YouTube Channel now called Tiddlytubbies!
You can make our easy no sew felt shapes toys and see if your child can find them everywhere you go! I keep a small bag of things like this in our car so we can take them on the go!
“LIFE IS SUCH A BLAST!”
No Sew Felt Toys Materials:
No Sew Felt Shapes EASY Directions:
Begin by cutting out basic shapes with your felt. You can free hand it like I did, print a shapes template online, or use a Sharpie marker to draw your shape on before cutting. Whatever works for you!
Make sure that you cut out TWO of every shape! They need to be roughly the same size though! Don’t worry about slightly crooked edges or imperfections – your kids won’t care!
Using your hot glue gun place a thin consistent stream of hot glue around the edge of one side like you see above. Firmly press the other matching shape together on top of the glue. The harder you press and smoosh the felt together the firmer the hold will be. The glue bonds crazy hard with felt which makes this the perfect type of material to work with.
TIP: Do NOT over glue! If you add too much glue around the edges it will spill out of the felt “seam” and make a mess! Just keep it consistent and a little bit goes a long ways!
So this around all but one side. You’ll need to leave one side open to stuff!
Insert your cotton batting. If you want to make these weighted or with various sensory feels you CAN toss in some rice or beans – just be careful about getting your no sew felt toys wet! I usually recommend picking up some polyfill beads since they are OK to get wet and are great for weighting sensory toys!
TIP: Do NOT overstuff! You only need a small amount otherwise it will not only be difficult to glue but your shape will also become distorted!
You can make any shape you want! Add tags around it, turn it into a shapes mobile, or add scented tea bags or essential oils inside depending on what you want!
There are SO many options and these no sew felt shapes make only a couple of minutes to make! Now my daughter can carry her shapes with her in the car and when we go hiking and look for different shapes in nature as we remember the names of each shape! Maybe have them sit on a swing like and see if they can spy different shapes from up high!