Whenever I talk about Weston to newly made friends, I often tell them that he was a preemie and only weighed 2 1/2 pounds at birth, because I think it is pretty miraculous. One time someone replied, “He weighed 10 pounds at birth?!” I said, “no, not 10. 2 and a half!” She then said, “oh okay, I thought you said 10! I was going to say, wow!”
uuummmmm, what? 😂
Anyways, it really is hard to imagine how small 2 1/2 pounds is, even for me! I want to be able to remember that feeling of holding a baby so small that he fit in the palms of my hands. Which is why I made this baby block:
This plush baby block is 6”x6”x6”, and weighs exactly the same weight that Weston weighed (1130 grams to be exact!) Isn’t it sweet? If you want one for your preemie, you can purchase and customize one in my shop or your can read on for a tutorial!
PREEMIE SIZED BABY BLOCK TUTORIAL
- 3 different fabrics (at least 1 solid, each fabric 7”x14” roughly)
- Poly fiberfill stuffing
- Aquarium gravel (found in the pet section)
- Gallon sized zip lock baggie
- Freezer paper
- Cutting mat & rotary blade (makes for quick and easy cutting of fabric)
- Sewing machine
- Needle for hand sewing
- Food scale for measuring in grams or ounces
Step 1: Pick out 3 different fabrics.
~I like to buy fat quarters because they always come in fun prints, and they are inexpensive!
~If you’re wanting to print information onto one square like I did, choose a solid fabric.
Step 2: Design your printed square.
*First read this tutorial on printing on fabric! It has all of the details!
~Using your preferred program (Microsoft Word or Pages), create a text box that is 1” smaller than your fabric squares (see step 3 for deciding on a square size). For example, my squares were 6”x6”, so I created a 5”x5” text box.
~Type in your desired information. For example, I wanted his name, birthday, and size.
~Adjust the font type and size, and center everything so it looks perfect.
~Take your solid fabric that you chose, iron it, and cut it into an 8 1/2” x 11”.
~Cut a piece of freezer paper into an 8 1/2” x 11”, and iron the shiny side to the fabric.
~Place your piece of freezer paper / fabric into the printer.
~Print the fabric.
~Peel the freezer paper, and cut your fabric into the desired square size.
Step 3: Iron and cut the rest of your fabric squares to size. Cut 2 squares for each fabric, so you end up with 6 squares total.
~I cut my squares 6”x6”, but after stuffing the cube it pretty much stayed 6″x6″x6″, and mine weighs 1130 grams. If your baby was a micro preemie, you won’t have to stuff it as much and can get away with a smaller square (5”x5” or less), so size is a judgment call.
Step 4: Start sewing your cube.
*First read this tutorial on how to sew a fabric cube! It has all of the details!
~The only adjustment I made from her tutorial is I sewed 1/4” seams.
~Sew the middle four squares first, then sew on the sides.
~Sew up the sides of the cube. On the last piece, sew the sides (maybe about an inch), but leave an opening so you can flip it inside out and stuff it!
Step 5: Stuff your cube.
~Pull out your food scale and set it to either ounces or grams. (I filled mine to be 1130 g exactly, rather than 2 lb. 8 oz. exactly.)
~After you flipped the cube right side out and poked out the corners, put in a layer of poly fiberfill stuffing and set the cube on the food scale.
~Get a gallon sized zip lock baggie (sandwich size did not work for me) and set that on the food scale as well, next to your cube. Fill the baggie with the aquarium gravel until the weight is close to your desired weight (maybe 10 grams or so under your desired weight). Reason being, you still need to add more poly fiberfill stuffing.
~Get all the air out of your ziplock baggie, and seal it tight, Roll the bag up and insert it into the cube, on top of the first layer of polyfiber stuffing. Add more stuffing until the cube is full and it weighs the desired weight!
~Blind stitch the hole closed. All done!
Again, if you’d rather customize and purchase one you can visit my shop
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Have fun holding your cube and remembering how tiny your preemie was!