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Eight years ago, an interior decorator gave me several books of outdated fabric samples. I teach elementary school and have used these small pieces of fabric with the kids to make pot holders every year. But I still have lots and lots of fabric.
So I made pieced tote bags. But I still have lots and lots of fabric.
And now I make blocks for babies.
The blocks are washable, stackable and if thrown, they don't hurt anyone.
I've made them for my grandsons: Ripley was a stacker, Tate was a thrower. I've made them for every baby born to colleagues and my daughter's friends. They make a great shower gift.
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Step 1: Materials

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You will need:
Foam blocks: I had to find a source for two inch thick foam slabs. This was easy to find with the yellow pages. For a little extra, they cut the slab into two inch cubes. A one foot square will give you 36 blocks. I bought a 4 foot square which makes a lot of blocks! However, after 5 years, I’m almost out.
Fabric.- This is a good way to use up small scraps. Fabric should not be delicate – it will be thrown and chewed. Fabric should be washable. You could use just one type of fabric but I think part of the interest and learning for the baby will be from a variety of colours and textures.
Sewing machine- although you could do the whole thing by hand.
Small quilter’s ruler, rotary cutter and cutting mat – although it could be done with a regular ruler and scissors.
Dressmaker’s pins with bead heads, sewing needles, thread, scissors.

Step 2: Cut the fabric

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You cut the fabric into 2.5 inch squares, leaving ¼ inch on each side as a seam allowance.

Step 3: Sort your squares

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Divide your various squares into groups of 6 different fabrics for each block.

Step 4: Sew the pieces on the machine.

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Using the ¼ inch seam allowance, sew pieces together. Remember to place right sides together. Sew four pieces in a row and then add the last two pieces to the side of the last piece in the row.