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Have you ever heard of BuckleyBoo?
I hadn't until I was reading my Parents magazine, and saw one of their products showcased. They sell products designed to allow children to practice and improve on motor and matching skills. These animals come with different ribbons and buckles to match up.
And I thought, "Hey, I bet I could make something like that!"
So I did!
Reece loves buckles, and loves to 'click' herself into her car seat, so I knew this would be a hit. I decided to mix it up a bit and add more than just buckles.
What you need:
- stuffed animal (we have an abundance of those at our house, so I used one we already had!)
- belting (bought by the yard at Joann's)
- sew on velcro
- belt buckle (found at Joann's)
- buckle strap (this is not pictured; I ended up cutting it off an old backpack after I got going)
- needle, thread, sewing machine/accessories
I started off with the belt buckle. I used some wider ribbon that I already had at home. I sewed the ribbon around each piece of the buckle. Then buckle it on your animal!
Next, I sewed some velcro on the belting that I bought at Joann's.
I used my other piece of belting to hand sew on a button and a hair elastic. Here's our animal so far.
For the buckle part, I just cut a small strap off of a backpack that we had at home.
Strap everything on and you are good to go!
If you wanted, you could hand stitch each of the things on to the animal. But if you don't want to have them on there permanently, then you could just leave them as is!
Test it out on your favorite toddler.
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