Learn how to make a cute fabric activity cube that is Harry Potter-themed! This fun free sewing pattern uses embroidery and appliqué to create a unique fabric creation perfect for Harry Potter fans!
Hello Crafty Friends! Today I am beyond excited to share with you my Harry Potter Activity Cube! I started making fabric cubes a few years ago when my son was born. Now I love making them for friends, and both my kids have loved playing with them. This Harry Potter-themed cube is one of my favorites. It was so much fun to sew, as I was able to do a little bit of everything on it – embroidery, appliqué, and basic sewing.
The cube has four sides that are all interactive with different sensory activities. There are wooden rings on quidditch hoops, a Hedwig owl that opens its wings to reveal a baby owl that squeaks, a snitch that crinkles, and a flap which reveals Neville’s sneaky little toad Trevor! Harry’s face is on the top and number fabric on the bottom that reminds me of Platform 9 3/4.
The Sides of the Cube
Top of the Cube: Harry’s Face! The top of the cube features Harry’s face made from fabric and felt that is machine appliquéd.
Side One: Hogwarts Crest! Create the Hogwarts crest using felt and simple hand embroidery. The crest is a flap that can be lifted up. I put a cute toad patch underneath to represent Neville’s lost toad, Trevor!
Side Two – Hedwig! This side features a cute Hedwig owl that has a fun little pouch for a baby owl. The wings open and close using a small piece of Velcro fastener.
Side Three: Golden Snitch. The golden snitch is created with gold fabrics. I added material that crinkle inside the wings for a fun sensory experience.
Side Four: Quidditch Hoops! This side features Quidditch hoops made from wooden rings that can be lifted up and down. I chose to use wooden teething rings so they would be save for little ones.
Download the pattern and instructions for assembling each side of the cube in my Resource Library. You will find it under the Sewing Patterns sections. Once the sides are created, come back to this post to follow the instructions for putting them all together as a cube!
Use the patterns to create a cube as I did or create a fun fabric quiet book! You could even pick a side to create as a cute decorative pillow for your couch!
Safe Sewing for Kids
I’m very happy to offer this pattern for free! I made this activity cube for my kids and am sharing the pattern, tutorial and process pictures for the cube as I made it for my kids.
This cube is not intended to be used as a pillow and should never be placed in a child’s crib or sleeping area. The cube is intended to be an interactive toy used with adult supervision. Be sure to check it routinely for signs of wear and tear. Some tips to follow for safe sewing:
- When stitching the cube, test your seams by gently pulling on them. Make sure they are strong.
- Pre-wash all fabrics and ribbons. Do not use ribbons that bleed color or fabric that sheds glitter.
- You can use two rows of stitches when connecting the sides of the cube or on areas that will get more use than others.
- Always follow the directions on the packages of products you are purchasing for this cube.
- Use your own discretion on what is safe and appropriate for your child.
*detailed supply lists included in pattern. Links to the supplies I used are below.
- Fabric – I made this before they started selling Harry Potter fabric, now that it is available it would be a lot of fun to include on this project.
- Poly-fil for stuffing the cube
- Sewing Notions: Straight pins, fabric scissors, clear ruler, needle, thread
- Fusible Interfacing Wonder Under for Appliqué
- Pressing sheet – fun to use when doing fabric appliqué
- Wooden teething rings – for Quidditch side
- Toad patch – this cute toad patch or this toad patch are great options!
Step By Step Tutorial
Step 1: Choose six cohesive fabrics to work as the background fabrics for your cube. I found beautiful fabric from a local quilt store. The majority of it is from Hoffman California International Fabrics including “Winter Magic”, “Wrap it Up” and “Gilded Holiday”. The light peach cotton I used for Harry’s skin color came from Joann Fabrics and was laid over white cotton to make it more opaque. The number fabric is part of the Moda Circa 1934 Cosmo Cricket collection.
Each square should be cut to 8″ by 8″. This includes a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Step 2: Follow the individual tutorial PDFs for each side of the cube. Download the free printable pattern and instructions for each side from my Resource Library.
Assembling the Cube
Step 3: Once each side of the cube is completed, it is time to assemble the cube. Start by stitching the four cube sides, right sides together, with 1/4″ seam allowance. Press each seam open. When all four sides are stitched together, you will have a tube.
Step 4: Stitch the top of the cube to the four sides. Press seams open and clip corners. The quidditch hoop side will be tricky as the wooden rings are close to the top. You can use a zipper foot if that helps give you more room.
Step 5: Next, stitch the bottom of the cube to the four sides. Leave a sizable hole in the back so you can flip the cube inside out. Press seams opens and clip corners.
Step 6: Flip the cube right side out through the hole you left at the back.
Step 7: Stuff the cube with Poly-fil stuffing. I like to pull my stuffing into smaller pieces and fluff it up so there aren’t any lumps.
Step 8: Hand-stitch the opening closed with a needle and thread.
The fabric activity cube is finished! While this is by no means a “quick” project, the completed cube is so fun! There are so many things you can do with the patterns other than creating a cube. Make a fun quiet book, a decorative pillow, an interactive quilt blanket or a cube as I did! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have fun creating something for yourself or an HP fan!
Looking for more fun Harry Potter craft ideas? Check out my Harry Potter Craft Page for lots of craft project and tutorials!