Baby Gym




hula hoop - 1

rope - several yards

lynch lock pin - 1

wine bottle corks - 4

elastic fabric





needle & thread

Step 1: Hula Hoop

1. Hula hoop will be our frame.

Step 2: Saw Hula Hoop in 2

2. Saw the hula hoop in 2 approximately equal parts. One half should be slightly larger than the other, so that it reaches the floor when positioned over the other shorter half -- but precision is not essential.

Step 3: Drill a Hole Through the 2 Halves in the Middle

3. Place the 2 hula hoop halves over each other in the final configuration and drill a hole through the 2 halves in the middle. The 2 parts can then be pinned using the lynch lock pin.

Step 4: Sew 2 Jackets With Loops

4. Sew 2 jackets with loops (as many as you want & wherever you want them) to hang the toys. The fabric for the jackets should be preferably elastic, so it will be easy to put the jackets on the 2 halves of the hoop.

Step 5: Put the Jackets on the Frames and Pin Them

5 . Make 2 holes in the middle of the jackets (as you made 2 holes in the middle of the frames) so they match over each other- the holes in the fabric are needed to pin the lynch lock pin through.

Step 6: Trim 4 Corks for the Legs

6. Corks can be used to tie together the legs. Our local Whole Foods recycles corks, so that's where we obtained them. You need 4 corks. Trim the corks so they can fit inside the hoop snugly.

Step 7: Drill a Hole Through Each Cork

7. And drill a hole through each cork sufficient to thread the rope. Thread the rope and tie a knot on the side the cork to be fitted inside the hoop.

Step 8: Connect All for Legs With the Rope

8. Connect all for legs with the rope around the perimeter of the baby gym and hang the toys.



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    5 Discussions


    3 years ago on Introduction

    I saw some detachable hula hoops in the store the other day, and I immediately thought of your project! No sawing needed, just attach four for each side, and proceed as usual. Although I didn't make the sleeves because it's just too colourful to hide!
    thanks again!


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks for the idea! I am in Brazil and a F&Price one costs about US$150 here. I have built a simpler one (no sewing involved) and have used clothespins to attatch them to the mat. I pin the pins vertically on the mat and then cover them with the hoola tube (the pins fit nicely inside the tube). That way the gym doesn't move.
    Also I have used clothespins and little socks to attach the gym to the crib. I am attaching a picture of that.
    Obrigada - thank you! Mariana

    2012-08-20 play gym2.jpg

    7 years ago on Step 4

    Any time, and sorry I didn't say it before, but this is a really incredible project! Great work.