Make Your Own Soft Baby Blocks

Make your own soft baby blocks in under an hour with a Cricut Maker! Quick and easy to make, and a great gift for any new mom!


Earlier this week I shared a post on how to cut fabric with a Cricut Maker, and I used my Maker to cut squares out of some pretty floral fabrics. Today I’m going to show you what I made with those squares: adorable homemade soft baby blocks for our baby girl!

Make your own soft baby blocks with a cricut maker

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I really love using my Cricut Maker to cut fabric! The rotary blade is seriously amazing, cutting as it rolls just like a standard handheld rotary cutter, except it’s way smaller and machine-controlled, so it’s way more precise. It can turn within a quarter of an inch to cut through hundreds of different fabrics, which allows you to cut intricate shapes and patterns with accuracy that you can’t get with scissors.

It can even cut multiple layers at the same time, which is great if you’re making multiples of the same pattern, or if you want to fold your fabric and cut it out on the fold.

All you have to do is choose from hundreds of sewing patterns in the Cricut library (including Simplicity patterns and Riley Blake Designs patterns), then flawlessly mark your fabric and cut it with your Cricut Maker. And you get to do the fun part: sewing!

How To Make Your Own Soft Baby Blocks With A Cricut Maker

This is the pattern in Design Space that I used for this project. It makes four soft baby blocks with letters and numbers on each side of the cubes.

  • Time spent doing stuff: 45 minutes
  • Time spent waiting around: 10 minutes
  • Total project time: 55 minutes

Tools & Equipment

Materials

Instructions

Start by opening up the project in Design Space. Click the green Make It button to send the pattern to your machine.

Cricut design space project for making soft baby blocks

On the Prepare Mats screen, make sure that the mat containing the letters and numbers is mirrored (toggle the “Mirror” switch on) because you will be cutting that mat out of iron-on, and iron-on always needs to be mirrored before cutting. All the other mats are fabric, which normally also need to be mirrored, but since the cuts are perfectly square in this pattern, it is fine to leave the Mirror switch turned off for the fabric mats.

Once the mats are ready, click the green Continue button to send the pattern to your machine. Make sure the material is set to “iron-on” for the mat with letters and numbers, and set to “cotton” for all the other mats. Then Design Space will walk you through the cutting part, just follow the on-screen instructions.

You’ll want to switch to the rotary blade and add the washable fabric pen in the accessory clamp before cutting the fabric mats. You can see more details about how to cut fabric with a Cricut Maker in this post.

How to cut fabric on a cricut maker

Once the fabric and iron-on is all cut, weed away the background iron-on vinyl (leaving the letters and numbers on the plastic backing) and then cut apart all of the different letters, numbers, and shapes.

For applying iron-on to cotton fabric, set your EasyPress 2 to 315 degrees. Once it’s heated, pre-heat the fabric for five seconds. Then position the letters and numbers on the fabric squares and press with the EasyPress 2 for 30 seconds.

Use a cricut easypress 2 to stick letters and numbers on your soft baby blocks

Flip the fabric over and press again from the back for 15 seconds, then peel away the plastic backing from the vinyl while it’s still warm to the touch. Once all of your fabric squares have a letter, number, or shape on them, you’re ready to start sewing!

Sew the squares into a cross shape with one arm that has two squares instead of just one. This is the basic starting shape for each block.

Sew into a cube to make soft baby blocks

Then fold the center block in half diagonally (in the photo above, fold the “C” block diagonally), right sides together, so that block “1” is on top of block “3” and block “2” is on top of block “B”. Make 2 side seams of your cube by stitching along the edges of block 1+3 and 2+B (bottom edge of 3 lines up with right edge of 1; left edge of B lines up with top edge of 2).

Open up the fabric and fold block C in half diagonally again, the opposite way, and sew up the other 2 side seams. (This time the left edge of block 1 lines up with the bottom edge of block 2, and the right edge of block B lines up with the top edge of block 3.)

Once that is sewn you should have an open box with a floppy “lid” (block “A” in the photo above). Attach the lid to the box by sewing two edges of the lid to two sides of the box, leaving the third seam open. Turn the box inside out through the open seam, then stuff it full of batting.

When it’s as full as you want it, whipstitch or ladder stitch the opening closed by hand.

Sew soft baby blocks closed with a ladder stitch

Repeat for the other three blocks and you’re done!

Give them to your baby and let her enjoy! Or wrap them up as a gift for a new mom in your life.

Use a cricut maker to make soft baby blocks
How to make baby soft cubes with a cricut maker

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Learn how to make your own soft baby blocks with a cricut maker

How To Make Baby Softie Blocks

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Make your own soft baby blocks in under an hour with a Cricut Maker! Quick and easy to make, and a great gift for any new mom!
Active Time 45 mins
Cricut Cut Time 10 mins
Total Time 55 mins

Equipment

Materials

Instructions
 

  • Start by opening up the project in Design Space. Click the green Make It button to send the pattern to your machine.
    Cricut design space project for making soft baby blocks
  • Toggle the Mirror switch on for the iron on mats (but leave it off for the fabric mats.) Click the green Continue button.
    Make sure letters and numbers for baby soft cubes are mirrored before cutting
  • Set the material to "Cotton" for the fabric mats and "Iron On" for the iron on mats.
    Fabric cut settings for soft baby blocks
  • Insert the washable Fabric Pen in the accessory clamp and the rotary blade in Clamp B.
    Cutting fabric with a cricut maker
  • Place the fabric on the FabricGrip mat, printed side down, and roll it with the brayer to make sure it's stuck.
    Cutting fabric on a cricut maker
  • Load the mat into the machine, then start the cut by pressing the flashing Go button. Repeat until all mats are cut.
  • Carefully weed away the background iron on vinyl from all pieces using the weeder tool.
    Weeding vinyl for homemade soft baby blocks
  • Use the tweezers to remove the fabric pieces from the FabricGrip mat.
    Tips and tricks for cutting fabric with a cricut maker
  • Pre-heat your EasyPress according to the settings in the Cricut Heat Guide and position your letters on top of the fabric squares. Press the letters for 30 seconds, then flip the squares and press again.
    Use a cricut easypress 2 to stick letters and numbers on your soft baby blocks
  • Sew the fabric squares together into a "t" shape.
    Sew into a cube to make soft baby blocks
  • Then sew all of the edges together to form the squares into a box shape, leaving just one edge un-sewn so that you can stuff the block.
    Sew squares together to make baby soft cubes
  • Fill the block with batting until it's nice and full.
    Stuff cubes full of batting to make soft baby blocks
  • Sew the last little bit closed by hand.
    Sew soft baby blocks closed with a ladder stitch
  • Repeat for all of the blocks, and you're done!
    Learn how to make your own baby soft cubes with a cricut maker

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Jessi Wohlwend

I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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  1. Laura Adema says

    2 years ago

    Can you use a regular iron to press the letters and numbers onto the fabric?

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      1 year ago

      Yep you can! Just be sure to press down really hard and put a folded up towel underneath the fabric to give it a firm base to press against.

  2. Twila says

    2 years ago

    What size are the squares I don’t have the cutting machine but want to do it the old fashion way. HEHE

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      4 months ago

      Haha! As long as you make all the squares the same size as each other you can make them any size you want, but for this project, my fabric squares were 5″ X 5″.

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