Look at this adorable DIY felt book I made with my supersmart friend, sleep-scientist Heather Turgeon!
I customized this book for my BFF’s baby. She’s still in a crib, but we know that won’t last long. Any day now she’ll make her video monitor debut as a stunt baby and flee that jail cell. Her parents will appreciate this little book that tells the story of Mabel outgrowing her crib and upgrading to a big bed. And most importantly, STAYING in her big bed.
Heather consults families about sleep, writes about the science of sleep on The New York Times, Babble and and most recently co-wrote the book The Happy Sleeper with Julie Wright. She says books are a great way to tackle just about any issue you may be going through in your family and you can customize them to fit your needs… potty training, a move, and in this case, helping a little one cope with a brand new bed.
Check out the video and watch us read and make the book. Written instructions are below. Let us know how you decide to customize YOUR book! xo
DIY Felt Book
fabric printer paper (and printer)
9X9 felt squares
embroidery floss, thread, needles
Wide ribbon (for spine)
narrow ribbon (scrap for pigtails)
velcro (teeny tiny piece)
teeny tiny bit of filler for doll (can be poly, cotton, felt scraps…)
What to do:
write your story
print it on fabric paper
cut out your text and images and lay it out.
use fabric glue or embroidery thread as needed
sew two pages together with a blanket stitch
set all pages on top of each other
bind with wide ribbon at the spine
cut out 2 “gingerbread” shapes
sew face features with embroidery floss
sew front and back together and stuff with filler
sew or glue felt hair onto head. Tie ribbons, sew or glue diaper or clothes onto body
sew or glue a tiny piece of velcro onto the back and into the book.
That’s it! You’ve just DIY-ed yourself a felt book! Time to brag. 🙂
A few things to remember:
Make sure your images are slightly to the right or left of your spine. As you can see, mine came a little close to the spine at times so got cut off a bit.
Be sure your embroidery floss goes through all pages of the book when binding.
If making a book for a small child, be sure all pieces are secured so they don’t rip them off and try to eat them.
Enjoy making your book! I hope it helps your little one get through a big change.
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