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Baby’s Felt Book

May 29, 2013

Normally when I post a crafting project, I write all sorts of disclaimers about how “homemade” the project ended up looking.  I mean, I guess that’s kind of the point of crafting—if you wanted something to look store-bought, you’d buy it in a store, right?  But there’s a difference between something looking charmingly homemade, and something just looking…well, fug.  Sometimes I worry that most of my craft projects end up leaning more towards the latter.  You know the drill—exposed glue, ragged edges…sometimes I take short cuts with my crafting projects, and it usually shows.

But.

I have to admit, I think this next project turned out SUPER cute.  It’s not that it doesn’t look homemade—it does.  It still has the ragged edges, the uneven sewing stitches.  But somehow they really do just give this felt book more charm.

I got the idea for this book when I started looking on Pinterest for activities to occupy a toddler with on a plane.  A lot of people had pinned “quiet books”—homemade books filled with little activities for a kiddo to work on (quietly) to occupy a longer period of time.  This one on the Martha Stewart website is absolutely adorable.

Anyway, the wheels started turning, and soon enough I was headed to Michaels to get the supplies for my own version of a quiet book.  Some of the quiet books I saw online had really cute, complicated activities on the pages, but since Lila is still pretty young, I stuck mainly to flaps that she could lift up to discover something new underneath. 

Here is each page, along with what each page does!

Brown tree…

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…button opens to show owls:

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Bananas:

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…open to reveal monkeys:

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Heart envelope and ribbon:

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…baby can pull another heart in and out of the envelope:

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Pond with flowers:

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…flaps open to reveal frogs:

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Number three:

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…reveals three cherries on the next page.  The leaves are sewn on, but the cherries can be played with:

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Buttoned flaps:

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…reveal stars:

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(sorry—blurry picture!)

Butterfly cloud:

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…folds down to reveal more butterflies:

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Sun:

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…folds down to reveal flowers:

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Tree with bird:

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…opens up to show more birds and branches:

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Ladybugs on a branch:

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….cloud flaps up to reveal bird:

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Big heart:

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…opens to reveal smaller heart:

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Final page—six hearts:

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WHEW! That’s a lot of pages.  Smile 

This project actually only took me a day (not including the time I spent getting the supplies.  A lot of the felt pieces are actually stickers—the birds, frogs, etc.—so that helped a lot. 

I really do love this, and I can’t wait to give it to Lila—we’re flying on Friday, so I’m going to take it in my bag. 

This first book is a little rough around the edges, but again, I don’t really mind that, and now that I have a better idea of what I’m doing, I can see all sorts of felt baby books in my future. 

11 Comments leave one →
  1. EllenCF permalink
    May 29, 2013 1:18 pm

    I don’t have kids but this is one of the best things I have ever seen! Kudos!
    Ellen

  2. Jenny permalink
    May 29, 2013 1:47 pm

    How much do you charge to make one for Mary Margaret? That looks incredible- good job!

  3. itzyskitchen permalink
    May 29, 2013 1:49 pm

    oh my gosh! SO cute! I don’t have the patience for crafting…wish I did 😉

  4. May 29, 2013 1:58 pm

    That’s SO CUTE!! She’s going to love it! What a creative person you are!

  5. Lu Lu permalink
    May 29, 2013 2:29 pm

    So cute! Lila will love it! I’ve been planning on making one for MM. I love quiet books. There are entire sites dedicated to them. Yours is awesome.

  6. May 29, 2013 7:07 pm

    Um, this is the cutest effing thing I’ve ever seen. Well done, Mom. Well done.

  7. May 30, 2013 12:00 am

    That looks awesome!

  8. May 30, 2013 2:20 am

    Wow, that looks so cute! I love things like this. I wish I was more crafty.

  9. May 30, 2013 11:52 am

    Oh my gosh! I love this Anna!!! Goodluck on the trip…I am sure it will all go smoothly!

  10. May 30, 2013 6:54 pm

    Too cute! I’m fairly certain this would turn out to be a disaster if I attempted it… but your book looks fantastic!

  11. June 4, 2013 1:34 am

    WOW! I love this.

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