On Mother's Day, my cousin's youngest daughter (just turned one) is being baptized, and I'm going to be her godmother. I was trying to think of something special to give her when I finally thought of something. I'm going to sew a cube toy (4 inches by 4 inches by 4 inches) with a different Christian symbol on each of the six faces:
-One side will be a cross
-One the Chi and Ro superimposed on each other (the first two Greek letters of "Christ")
-One the fish symbol
-One INRI (abbreviation for the Latin ""Iesvs Nazarenvs Rex Ivdaeorvm"; "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews")
-One Alpha and Omega
-One IHS ("In Hoc Signo")
I cut the shape of each face of the cube from posterboard so I can use that to cut the background pieces. I even remembered to leave room for a seam allowance; yay me! I also cut the symbols in posterboard so I can more easily reproduce this later.
I have a white cotton fat quarter with faint pastel polka dots on it for the cube itself, and a green-blue fat quarter for cutting the symbols, both bought at Keepsake Cottage in Bothell. I'll use Steam-a-Seam to hold the symbols on while applique the shapes to the faces of the cube, then sew the faces together, and stuff the cube with PolyFil.
Unfortunately, when I stitched the symbols on, I used bright red thread in the bobbin (why? Because it was wound already) and it showed through in some spots where I was turning the pieces a lot. But I used polka dot fabric for the cube, so it's okay. A thirteen-month-old should like it!
I also have fabric to make some cube toys for my own daughter. I had planned to do a simpler version for her, like a circle on one side, a square on the other, but now I think I'll make her one of this type too.