I had the privilege of making the daughter, of one of my best friends, a felt book for her fourth birthday. It could not have made me happier watching her open it and seeing her play with each page over and over again!
|I chose this cover because the birthday girl loves Lady Bug Girl.|
I designed and created these first pages. Each word has a little pocket behind it that holds the pieces to decorate the tree according to the season. I used my Big Shot die cutting machine to cut out the letters and the leaf shapes.
This next page is one of my favorites. I got the pattern for this page from this blog. If you like felt books or quiet books at all you can spend a few hours getting lost in that blog AND the creator often has free patterns.
|The little bucket holds the sand castle pieces which can be arranged in lots of different ways.|
The particular four year old who got this book is crazy smart and loves Dumbo so I designed this page to be a bit of a learning page for her. I printed out a google image search of Dumbo and did the ol' trace and iron on freezer paper technique found here. I ended up tracing him in puff paint because I didn't think my hand stitching would be detailed enough.
|This is the most fun way I could think of starting to learn fractions.|
I chose a mail box for the last page because the lil girl who got this gift is my neighbor and loves to come over and check my mail box. I got the mail box pattern from my felt making idol, of course! I used Kam snaps to keep the birthday cake puzzle I created in place.
I'm working on a much simpler felt book for my baby on the way. I envision any of my future children having an overwhelming amount of handmade felt toys.