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I have three active kids and I’m always trying to come up with ways to keep them busy. I find lots of great ideas for this on Pinterest. I’ve seen different posts here and there about “felt busy books.” My littlest is just 20 months, so keeping him busy is a must, especially when we’re in the car. The catch is that I needed something that he couldn’t throw, put in his mouth and tear up. What’s better than a felt book with little activities on each page? Here is a peek at my finished book. I love how it turned out and he’s already been playing with it.
- Various felt sheets ( I use a eco fi felt that is nice and sturdy)
- Three jump rings
- Velcro adhesive backed dots
- Sewing machine
- Heavy duty hole punch
- Fabric glue
- Die cutting or templates
- Start out by planning your pages and cutting all the sheets of felt down in half to create the pages.
- Cut out and arrange all the page pieces. My book had the following pages:
- Car with road
- Tic tac toe
- Dress up
- Sew on your die cut pieces where needed.
- To make the pages place the right sides together and sew around three sides. Flip it like a pillow to the right side after done.
- Once all the pages are complete attach the front and back page to a binding piece.
- Next punch holes using a heavy duty hole punch to punch all the pages.
- Assemble the book with three large jump rings.
My son loves this book already. Even the two bigger kids are totally into helping him with it and playing tic tac toe.
I would have to say that planning is key on a project such as this. I decided in the end to add a pocket for the car page, a pocket on the dress up page and a strap to hold it closed nicely. I luckily hadn’t sewn anything together yet.
Enjoy the process of creating something your loved one will enjoy – I know I did.