This is the 3rd installment of my easier quiet book for less advanced sewers. Click the links to check out Part 1 and Part 2. The first page I’ll describe here is a lift the lap page, similar to the one I made before, but without the applique – it’s all iron-on! And the second page in this post is a dry erase page, which was inspired by a chalk page I found on Pinterest. The 4th and final post in this series will describe how to put your book together and bind it.
Lift the Flap
- Cute fabric with whatever print you want to hide (I used animals)
- Various colors of felt
- Heat N Bond Ultra
- 9″x9″ background fabric
- 9″x9″ fusible batting
Cut small rectangles of Heat N Bond Ultra and iron onto the back of each of your desired characters, following the directions on the package. Then, cut out characters in neat shapes (I did rectangles, but you can get creative!).
Iron the fusible batting onto the 9″x9″ fabric to stabilize it. Arrange the characters on the fabric (remember that you’ll lose about 1/2″ on the edges), peel off the paper, and iron in place. Cut felt pieces to be a bit larger than the characters, and sew along one edge. I recommend backstitching along the whole seam, as kids love to pull hard on these! Also, you can use the method I described in Part 2 to tie the ends of the threads to secure. And that’s it! A simple page for a game of peek-a-boo.
- 4.25″x9″ blue fabric
- 5.25″x9″ green fabric
- 10″ thin ribbon
- 3″x8″ black felt
- 9″x9″ vinyl, to be used later
Sew the blue and green fabric together, press the seam to one side and topstitch to secure the seam allowance (if you click the photo, you can see I folded the seam allowance to the green side, then stitched it in place with green thread). Sew about 1.5″ of the ribbon onto the 3″x8″ piece of felt, sticking out from the short edge (as before, sew along the ribbon, not across it so that it will stand up to tugging). Fold the felt in half and sew around the edge. This page will take its final form in the next post, when we assemble the book, so that’s all there is for now!
Stay tuned for the final post, which will detail how to put the book together with a new, easy binding method!
Just wanted to make a quick note as I celebrate a milestone – this is my 50th blog post! Wow! It’s been about 6 months, and I am just loving documenting and sharing the things I make. Thanks for reading along with me 🙂