Magnetic Number Toys Tutorial

I have been wanting to make felt toys and finally got around to it. I decided to start with numbers first, then I’ll venture into the alphabet and later other stuff. I made these magnetic. I ordered online some strong magnets that were super small. And in fear of my children getting a hold of it, I made the toy double sided so they can’t get to the magnet.

Please be aware that it is dangerous to swallow magnets, especially if more than one magnet is swallowed. So please be careful using magnets as toys or in toys for children. Make sure the children can’t rip it off and put it in their mouths.

You can also do some alterations to this tutorial by stuffing the numbers with quilt stuffing to make it fluffy. Or use stiff interface on the inside of the numbers to make it stiffer. If you make something inspired by Simply Modern Mom, please upload pictures of it to our Flickr group to show it off to everyone. You may be featured on Simply Modern Mom.

Supplies:

  • felt
  • floss or thread
  • large eye needle
  • magnets (strong enough to stick through a layer of felt)
  • glue gun

1. Choose your favorite font on your computer and print out large alphabets to use as a pattern for your felt toys. Then cut out the numbers and letters if you do those.

2. Have the felt folded over so you can trace once but cut two. I did mine with the numbers facing down so after I cut it, I can have the trace lines on the insides.

3. Cut of the patterns, making sure you have two of each – front and backing. I used a narrow tip scissor to cut out the holes in certain numbers and letters. I also cut both layers of felt at the same time so they are exactly the same.

4. Then to keep things straight in my mind, I laid the numbers out facing the right way then had the top layer directly below it upside down mirrored. Then I used the glue gun to secure the magnet to the inside of the top layer of each number at the top. My magnets were strong enough to hold the number with just one magnet. If your magnets are not strong enough, you may want to place several magnets on the inside of the top layer.

5. To keep it simple, I just used the glue gun to attach the top layer (with the magnet) to the bottom layer.

6. I wanted to make sure my kids couldn’t get to the magnets so I hand stitched each number around the edges. It also gave it a decorative edge. If you don’t end up stitching around the edges, I would highly suggest putting a lot of glue around the magnet so the children can rip it off the toy and eat it. And done!

» Tell me… Have you made felt toys before? How did you make yours? Do your children enjoy playing with felt toys?

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