It's a well known fact that good aunts need to bring gifts when visiting little baby nephews. And this aunt likes to make her own gifts.
This toy is yet another pattern from 'Sew What you Love'. (Are you sick of hearing about this book? I am loving it!) I was very haphazard with my fabrics, using whatever I happened to find that looked like it could pass for a little boy print. I'm feeling pretty good about it. There's some Ikea fabric, Lotta Jansdotter, Cloud9, and I don't know what else - some random fat quarters.
After each piece is stuffed, this pattern does require a bit of hand stitching, which is not my most favorite thing in the world, but it turned out fine. If I were making this pattern again, I would probably either make the base of the cone a little wider, or make the largest link a little smaller - it seems to want to slip off the bottom a bit.
As you can see, rather than just being circles for stacking, the pieces can be linked together to make a chain. I remember that baby Joanna loved toys that could be made into links when she was little, so I'm hoping Arlo will feel the same way.
Really, I just used our trip to Nashville as an excuse to make something new for Arlo - I'm glad I did, but he would have been just as happy with nothing at all.