Not necessarily the most difficult part of making a tag toy, but adding a bit more time & fiddliness, is having to turn it right side out after sewing the tags in place (see my blog entry of May 24, 2011). How could I make this toy even easier to make? By using a fabric that doesn't fray of course - maybe felt or fleece.
Fleece feels a bit softer to touch and I had some perfect sized scraps of a multicoloured polka dot fleece left over from a blanket mum & I made for Little Imp last year that I thought might just do the trick.
cut 2x approx 7inch squares of a fleece fabric
cut a 4 inch cello square
place cello in the centre on the wrong side of one fleece square and pin in place (insert pin from right side of fabric so that you can remove it later)
If you want to add a label then sew that in place now onto one of the fleece squares
match fleece squares wrong sides together (so the cello ends up sandwiched in between) and insert a few pins about 1-2 inches from the edges (this helps to keep the pieces matched while you insert the ribbons)
cut out your various pieces of ribbon, some long (to double over twice) and others shorter. Use different widths, textures & colours to add to the sensory input the toy provides. I decided to also use some matching scraps of fleece to make tags
Then double or double over twice each piece of ribbon, tuck it between the fleece squares and pin in place. Be generous with the pins and even more importantly, make sure you are generous with the amount of ribbon caught between the fleece so that it is well stitched in place when you sew the squares together
Using a straight stitch, machine stitch the fabric squares together about 0.5 cm from the edge, removing pins as you go & ensuring you catch all the ribbons
Then sew a second time around about 1cm from the edge, parallel to the first stitched border to really make sure the ribbons don't come loose
Sew a small '+' in the centre of the toy to secure the cello (approx 3cmx3cm). You could use a decorative stitch if you like.
Trim the threads, remove the pins (of course), and you are done.
No decent shots of the finished product I'm afraid, just a snap of them as part of the gift bundles for some girls at work.