Do you remember the story cube? And, I promised a soft one, too? Luckily, no one called me on it because I completely spaced the fact that I promised it that week! I also wanted to do something different because I didn't need two Easter story blocks.
Let's get started!
I started with iron-on transfer fabric which I got with a coupon at JoAnn's. It is a little price-y, but definitely worth it when you see how easy it is to use and how well it works. I have seen recipes out there for making your own and that definitely keeps the price down, but this was so easy that I think it was worth it. I was able to fit all of my pictures on one sheet which put the price at about $2 for this project.
Collect pictures of your 6 chores (*see note at end) and put a caption on them. Print on regular paper first to make sure they were exactly what you want before you print on the good stuff. You can see how nicely they print, too. (Iron-on fabric page is on the left.)
Cut around them carefully so they are 3 inches square.
Following the directions on the package, iron pictures to 4 1/2 inch fabric squares leaving enough fabric to make a border and a seam for sewing the faces of the cube.
I think the iron-on is super strong, but it made me nervous. Besides, I like the look of applique, so I appliqued around the pictures using a zigzag stitch.
Placing the right sides together--and being certain the pictures are both right side up--sew two squares together. (After I had cut my fabric, I decided I wanted a larger border, so I only used 1/8 inch seams. It was a little tricky and I recommend at least a 1/4 inch seam for this.)
Knowing this will be thrown by children, go back and zigzag or overlock or serge those seams to make them stronger.
Sew on two more squares so you have the four squares that make up the sides.
Sew the bottom on by putting right sides together along one edge and sewing one edge at a time. The corners just kind of work themselves out as you sew one edge at a time. Do not try to sew around it all at once. Double check to make sure your picture is turned the direction you want it to be. Sew again to reinforce the seams.
Repeat this process for the top of your cube, but only sew three sides.
I actually sewed a little bit of the fourth side because I do not like handsewing very much and it makes the corners easier to deal with.
You will have a gaping area where you left the opening to turn it.
When completed, squish your stuffing around to fill in all of the corners, especially the ones you just finished sewing.
*A helpful hint about the chores: We came up with 4 that need to be done at any given time. Instead of coming up with 2 more that kind of need done or that limit the dice to just 6 jobs, I made a "parents' choice" so we can always assign any job that needs to be done and "your choice" so the child can pick from a list of jobs we give them. This makes the cube much more versatile and adaptable to different needs at different times.