For a few months now I had been keeping an eye out in stores for some sort of buckle toy. My son is obsessed with buckles, snaps, buttons, & zippers, but especially buckles. He is my little Houdini. For at least 8 months he can get out of anything. Highchairs, car seats...you name it. What better toy than one with lots of buckles. I never found one in stores. However, when I started looking for sewing ideas I ran across a blog ( http://quirkymomma.com/2010/clip-toy-for-toddlers/ ) where a mother made a buckle toy. Wow! I felt stupid not thinking of it before!
Get all your materials together:
I ordered the buckles from www.strapworks.com for less than $1 each and received them within a few days. You can also find them at your local craft stores & even on Ebay, but I found them to be more expensive there.
I got the ribbon & Velcro at a local fabric store
The fabric I used to sew everything on is actually re-purposed from a shopping cart seat cover I never use. I just cut out the part I needed. Originally, I was going to sew a place mat & attach the toys to it.
Once you have all your materials together. Attach the ribbon to your buckles & any other toys you would like to use.
I attached Velcro to the fabric base in a way to make sure I could roll the toy up.
Sew the ribbon with the toys attached to your fabric base.
This is a really easy project. I hadn't sewed since middle school & even though it isn't an excellent sewing job, it was great for practicing & my son LOVES it.