Baby’s Felt Book
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.
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!
…button opens to show owls:
…open to reveal monkeys:
Heart envelope and ribbon:
…baby can pull another heart in and out of the envelope:
Pond with flowers:
…flaps open to reveal frogs:
…reveals three cherries on the next page. The leaves are sewn on, but the cherries can be played with:
…folds down to reveal more butterflies:
…folds down to reveal flowers:
Tree with bird:
…opens up to show more birds and branches:
Ladybugs on a branch:
….cloud flaps up to reveal bird:
…opens to reveal smaller heart:
Final page—six hearts:
WHEW! That’s a lot of pages.
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.