Babies are curious people! And one of the things they like investigating the most is faces. A call went out from a friend for that she was in need of some crib toys, and I thought a mirror would be the perfect thing! And, when you are like me, when someone needs something, you always wonder if you can just make it!
To begin, you need:
A flexible, non-breakable mirror. I got mine by the other mirrors at the craft store.
My mirror came sized 6" x 9". I cut it in half to have a smaller toy using an exacto-knife, so my mirror size for this project is 4.5" x 6".
Cut 2 fabric pieces an inch bigger on all sides than your mirror: 5.5" x 7". Cut two small pieces 2" x 5.5"
On one of your big pieces, mark dots 1" in from each corner, and connect the dots to make a large X.
Cut on the line.
Cut the inside out, leaving 1/4" on the inside. You want to be able to turn that 1/4" under so there aren't any raw edges. Iron those edges down.
Cut your fusible fleece so it is two pieces 5" x 6.5". With one of those pieces, cut out the center the same way you did with the fabric. Make sure the fleece is just on the inside of your inside hem... just look at the picture :)
Iron the fleece pieces to the fabric pieces, making sure the fleece is centered on the fabric.
Your main fabric pieces are ready!
With your small pieces, iron the long edges so they meet in the middle. Then iron 1/4" on one end of each.
Sew the non-ironed edges right sides together (RST).
Fold at the seam, and sew along all the edges to make a small strip.
Sew your velcro pieces to the small strip: the female piece to one end, flip the strip over, and sew the male piece to the other end.
Sew the strip down to the middle of your large fabric piece. I made an X for extra strength!
On the "window" piece, stitch about 1/8" on the inside, catching the little hem so it stays down for SURE! Then, sew your large pieces RST.
Clip your corners.
Turn right side out, and stitch around the perimeter.
Slip your piece of mirror into the open window. Because it is flexible, you can bend it to slide in. It should fit perfectly! Pull up the protective layer just a little bit so you can glue the fabric down.
Just add a little line of glue to the inside, and press it to the mirror.
You are done! I got two out of my mirror, so we had double the fun. The velcro piece on the back lets you secure the mirror to crib rails, baby rings, car seats (if you make the strip long enough) and other things, like drawer pulls! :) Felt embellishments would make these even more visually exciting for baby.