When I bought this Ringley for Peanut I knew it was hand wash only, but I didn’t think it would be much of an issue. The lady at Baby on the Hip seemed surprised that I even had reservations about it not being machine washable. Ringley has machine washable options, but they were quite a bit larger, which wasn’t what I wanted. In any case, because it’s such a popular item, I reasoned the hand wash thing wouldn’t be a problem.
Goodness!–this thing gets dirty. And fast. Capital DUR, capital TEE. I hand washed it once, but I didn’t really feel like I was getting into all the nooks and crannies of the terrycloth, and then it took forever to dry. Something had to be done.
This isn’t a great before picture, but there’s a seam right here…
…which prevents you from sticking the whole thing in the wash. I undid the seam and set to work refashioning it, and figured in the worst case, I would just sew it back up.
After taking a multitude of before shots as I was untying it so I was sure I could retie it after the wash, I sewed in a piece of velcro, and voila!
Peanut hasn’t noticed a difference, and I get to wash it more frequently. Success!
Today, another project from Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing for Baby— a little stuffed, easy-for-baby-to-hold toy/rattle. I think I’ll call him Gus. Hubby says he looks like a reindeer; I say he’s a giraffe. Either way, he’s cute, and Mr. S loves jamming him into his mouth.
Yet again, as the name of the book suggests, a very easy craft. If I didn’t have to fuss with the slip stitch closure, I would have been done in a half hour. Next time I’ll be sure to leave enough material at the bottom to leave a large portion folded under for easier sewing. I was actually considering sewing it closed with a zig zag stitch, and then finishing up with some embroidery to match the eyes and nose.
I put a bell in it, but because of the all the stuffing, the sound is muffled, so it actually just produces a dull plastic rattling. It needs to be a bell inside of a ball–something that would work in a dog toy. Next time I think I’ll just skip the bell altogether. This is a great way to use up scraps, which I think I will do and make a little army of giraffes for Mr. S.
On a related note, I’ve heard you can stuff toys with dryer lint. Does anyone have any experience with this? Can you wash it?