I recently took pictures of each of the pages that I made - since I love to document all my crafts, past and present!
Each page is about 10" square - finished. So, I started out with 11" square pieces of fabric.
The base square is cotton fabric, and the shapes sewn on are all made from felt.
I made each page front and back, before I sewed them together, so that the sewing lines would be hidden. The only thing I did after the pages were sewn together (front to back) was add the grommets for the book rings.
For the letters on the cover, I took foam sticky letters, laid them out, and sewed through them to hold them down...it was a long time ago - so I don't remember - but I probably gummed up my needle a bit doing that:)
|Page 1 & 2: Hang the Laundry & Chicken and Chicks|
I cut out a basket shape, sewed decorative lines on it, and sewed it along 3 sides to create a pocket for the "clothes."
The clothes are also made out of felt.
I punched 2 small grommets (kits can be found at the fabric store) to string the "clothes line". Before stringing the clothes line, I glued on mini clothes pins. I used glue to secure the string to the back of the square of fabric after I had put the ends through the holes.
|Page 3 & 4: Tie the Shoe & Fish Tank|
One thing I would say about this page - is that it might be a little out of place. I know that tons of quiet books have a "Tie the Shoe" page, but really - my kids are not even close to being able to tie their shoes, and compared to the other pages, this one might be a bit advanced.
1) The blue bowl is made from felt. I cut the top of the blue piece to look like waves, and then glued it onto a small piece of fabric (the same color as the background) to make a nice straight edge at the top. I also folded over and sewed the top edge of the fabric to make a clean top edge.
2) Over the blue felt is clear vinyl - which I got off the roll at the fabric store. I cut it the same shape as the "bowl", but included an extra notch at the bottom to sew the velcro to. I sewed 1 side of the velcro to the bottom part of the vinyl. Then I sewed this vinyl piece to the blue bowl, only along the top.
4) I sewed the opposite side of the velcro down where it met the velcro on the vinyl.
5) Finally, the pieces to fill the fish bowl... I found clipart that I liked, and using my inkjet color printer, printed the pictures onto iron-on transfer/t-shirt paper. I then cut the pieces out and traced them onto white felt, twice. I sewed the 2 coordinating pieces of felt together, sewed the hook side of the velcro onto the back, and ironed on my printed picture.
The hook side of the velcro sticks to the blue felt, and allows you to place the pictures wherever you want.
|Pages 5 & 6: Count the Sheep & Vegetable Garden|
I sewed one side of the snap onto the fabric square, and the other side of the snap onto the doubled up felt sheep-shape before ironing on the actual sheep picture.
The green and white felt are cut and sewn together to make grass and a fence, and then sewed to the bottom of the page along the 2 sides and the bottom to make a pocket to hold the sheep when they aren't jumping:)
|Pages 7 & 8: Piano Music & Jonah & The Whale|
Anyways...the piano is black felt with white thread lines to add definition, and the piano keys are black thread on white felt, painstakingly sewn in tiny lines and zig zags.
I made another bit of black felt the same shape as the top, to put underneath the flap - otherwise the base fabric square would show through when you lift up the flap.
You can sew or glue this extra black piece down, and then place the piano over it. I sewed the piano down along all the edges, leaving the top unsewn to create a pocket. If you look closely, you will see that the piano has a top rhombus piece that is completely separate. This rhombus is sewn ONLY along the top, so that it can be lifted to allow easy access to the pocket.
|Page 9: Noah and the Ark|
The bottom of the boat is sewn to the page along the bottom to create a pocket. It also has another brown piece the same shape sewn underneath, so that you don't see the fabric underneath when you open the pocket.
I filled the pocket with finger puppets that I got from Ikea.
|Page 10: American Flag|
Finally, I glued the flag to the fabric square - leaving a square section at the top unglued to create a pocket!
I cut stars out of felt and sewed tiny pieces of coordinating velcro to the backs.
|Page 11: Puzzle Page|
I arbitrarily cut the image into pieces of relative equal size, with bumps and divots, to make puzzle pieces.
I ironed those pieces onto doubled up felt (just as I did in the "fish bowl" page), with velcro on the back of the puzzle pieces.
The pocket opening was made with a cut in the fabric, and the edges folded down and sewn. A square of fabric in the same pattern was cut and glued all along the edges on the back of the fabric, over the hole, to create a pocket.
After the pages were finished, I decided which order I wanted them in.
Then, I was able to sew them together.
For example, the front cover, and first page, were placed right sides together.
For the FRONT AND BACK COVERS: I also placed half of a shoelace facing in, along the outer edge, so that it would be sewn in and become the tie closure for the book. Make sure to sew over this shoelace many times to reinforce it.
I then sewed them along THREE edges - leaving the 4th edge unsewn. The unsewn edge is the side that I wanted to become the inside edge of the book - where the grommets would end up.
Then, turn the pages right side out, fold and iron in the 4th edge, and sew it closed on the outside. You could make a smaller hole for turning and hand sew if you wanted - but I don't mind the look of the inside edge being sewn on the outside.
Finally, add the grommets along the inside edge, a couple of inches from the top and bottom (but the same on each page), according the directions, and insert onto the book rings.
Now, because of all the things I have in pockets - this is a very fat book. The Noah's Ark page is particularly fat with the finger puppets. But it is all very cute, and the girls really like to play with it!
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