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Sew a Plush Rattle for Baby (…a bunny, cat, & mouse)!

Today’s contributor is Crystal from Stitched By Crystal. All posts written by Crystal for Make It and Love It can be found HERE.

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Hi there! It is Crystal here, from Stitched by Crystal!  I love a quick project to sew for babies, and today I have a tutorial for just that!  I will show you how to sew a plush rattle for baby that is perfect for boys or girls and makes a great shower gift!

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These cute little rattles are the perfect size for little hands to reach and grab, the ears on them are great for chewing on, and they make fun sounds when you shake them…my little guy can’t get enough of them!

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One great thing about sewing projects for baby is you don’t need much fabric.  All of these were made from some fabrics I pulled out of my scrap bin!  They are a really easy sew too, and a great project for beginners!

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I designed a bunny, a cat, and a mouse.  The mouse is my favorite, but my 4 month old loves the way those floppy bunny ears shake!

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Want to make a plush rattle for a baby you know?  Great! Let me show you how…

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To make these rattles you will need…

  • The pattern found HERE
  • Scrap fabrics – I used a white and a print for each of my rattles.
  • Embroidery needle and thread
  • Poly-fil
  • A small bell or plastic rattle insert (you can buy those online
  • Basic sewing supplies (here’s a list of common sewing supplies, in case you need a few ideas)

***As always, if you need a bit of help with the basic sewing skills used in this tutorial, don’t hesitate to check out the Sewing 101 post for more help.


Use the pattern to cut your fabric pieces according to the instructions on the pattern.  Place one white and one contrast ear piece right sides together and sew around the edge with a 3/8″ seam allowance, leaving the bottom of the ear open.  Trim the seam allowance, then turn the ear right side out and press.  Top stitch around the ear.  Repeat with the remaining two ear pieces and set the ears aside.

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Place the head and body right sides together and sew along the straight edge with a 3/8″ seam allowance.  Press the seam towards the body and top stitch.  Repeat with the other head and body piece.

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Embroider a cute face on the center of the head.  I did some french knots for eyes and simple stitches for their noses and whiskers.

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Place the ears contrast side down on top of the face, lining up the bottom of the ear with the top of the head.  Baste the ears in place.

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Place the two rattle halves right side together and sew around the edge with a 3/8″ seam allowance, leave a 1.5″ opening on the side.  Then turn the rattle through the hole in the side.

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Partially stuff the rattles head then push your bell or plastic rattle into the center of the head.  Firmly stuff the rest of the rattle and then sew the opening closed with a ladder stitch.

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All done!


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Thanks for reading!


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Check out Crystal’s blog here.  Her darling shop here.  Follow her on Instagram here.  And her Pinterest page here.


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Making your own baby toys is a great way to add a unique touch to a nursery and make amazing baby shower gifts! Here are a few more of our favorite tutorials that are perfect for baby:

DIY Car Seat Toys…for baby!

Self-Binding MINKY Baby Blanket…(with applique)

Making Baby Shoes from Thrifted Purses




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  1. Jennifer says:

    Thanks so much for this cute pattern! I just finished my 2nd bunny for a baby gift. I enlarged the pattern to 200% and liked the finished size. I tried adding a layer of clean cereal bag to the ears for crinkle as suggested (love that idea!) but it was too thick with the small opening to turn it right side out. Even without the plastic, the ears were hard to turn so I tried to make the hem on the remaining ones a little narrower toward the bottom to give more room. I imagine the plastic layer would work with the other animal ears, though. I really liked the finished project – thanks again!

  2. Hana says:

    Hi I love these and easy project to start for beginners, approximately how many grams of Filling is needed for each one?

  3. Erica says:

    Thank you Crystal, I used plush rattle pattern for my homework (CDA class) and I loved..

  4. Jo says:

    These rattles are too cute, but I don’t have any idea what size they are! I enlarged the pattern, started sewing the ears, and they are impossible to turn right side out!

    How did you turn them right side out with such a narrow opening? What size are they supposed to be?

  5. Jan Sheldon says:

    May I ask – what kind material did you use? Cotton, flannel, etc. Thank you. And, I just love these. I have a granddaughter that will just love them. Thank you so much for the idea, the pattern, and the directions.

  6. Neha says:

    I liked it .It will be a cute gift to give for a baby.

  7. Andrea says:

    Such a cute idea!! When I click on the pattern link, there isn’t any scale. The pieces look very small. I’m wondering if my computer is shrinking it. How long and wide is the completed rattle?

  8. Heidi says:

    Are the bunny ears too long posing a choking risk?

    1. Crystal says:

      I don’t believe so. They are only a couple inches long and 4 month old has been playing with his for over a month now with no choking/gagging incidences. If you are very worried, you could of course make them shorter! And like with any other infant toy, baby should be supervised while playing.

  9. D says:

    Hello, just a suggestion — adding crinkly material (I use empty cereal bags) inside the ears, would make it doubly attractive to babies!! These are beautiful and so cute!

    1. Crystal says:

      Yes! Crinkly material is a great idea, my babies all loved that stuff!

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