Now first you need felt, felt , and more felt, I mean felt, All colors designs, and thickness. Now what I do is I went to my dollar store, and Joanns and I thought about the ages of the kids I am making these for. I am making 3 or 4 , the twins are almost 1 , Emma is 5, and johnathan is 3. Emmas is one I am not making till March.
So I sat down and thought of a good order to do the twins books in first , and this is what I decided on , I am making a 12 activity page book. I am also trying to decide rather to do a soft cover or hard, Leaning toward just a felt cover. So On page one I am going to do a SO PRETTY PAGE, ( I will do a tutorial as I do them, but want to give you all a idea, and shopping list, so you can start finding your deals. So here is my layout, PAGE ONE SO PRETTY, with a circular mirror, ( they sale the soft bendable non breakable mirrors on the mirror isle at Joanns for under 3 , I will add a pocket out of vinyl, and add a comb, . PAGE TWO I am doing her name, in felt letters, but I am doing the entire alphabet so as she gets older she can spell different words. But on Christmas it will just spell her name, again a vinyl pocket for the extra letters, I am going to rotate colors, to spice it up a bit, PAGE THREE is going to be a dress up page, I am doing a potato head of sorts with yarn hair, but no pocket on this page, because on PAGE FOUR is going to be a closet out of felt, with a mirror inside with the felt doors, and a pocket for the clothes. PAGE FIVE is going to be shapes for matching, with a pocket for the shapes. Page SIX is going to be a button page with flowers to help with fine motor skills, and a pocket for the flowers, ( I am going to make extra colors so they have a variety. PAGE SEVEN is going to be a buckle my shoe page, they sale these with the little sewing notions for a few dollars (BUT I AM A BARGAIN GIRL, If you have a old purse, backpack fanny pack anything you will not use break out your scissors girls and use it:) ) PAGE EIGHT is going to be a peekaboo page, I am going to do a lady bug, with a mirror in it under the wings, I am also going to make the dots Velcro on and off for more fun. PAGE 9 Is going to be numbers, there are a few ideas I was tossing around for this, but I am going with the giraffe and his spots, with numbers 0-9, and a pocket, (FOR THE OLDER KIDS I AM LEAVING A SPOT AT THE BOTTOM FOR ADDITION AND SUBTRACTION) for PAGE TEN I am doing a purse, with fake make up, and bracelets that are Velcro on, with a small mirror on the purse flap. I will of course embelish all pages with ric rack and ribbons, bows, buttons, snaps, ect,. PAGE ELEVEN is going to be a cooking page, with detachable hot pad, small mirror for stove window, and PAge 12 is my ALL DONE PAGE !! with the pans. and plates.
I know this is a long post but ideas are needed for both boys and girls, so I am doing one for my nephew but he will dress a dinosuar, and have robots, to play with , a teepee for his peekaboo page istead of cooking I am thinking he will have a fishing game, he will have a fake shaver for his HANDSOME page, no flowers but a baseball mitt, a football to lace instead of shoes. a ice cream to build instead of cooking, or a sundae, hamburger, sandwich, ect. possibly a build a robot page. You can do puzzles, I think for the younger kids I would do the BIG pieces, I have some of them laying around
I hope this is helping you all So here is a simple shopping list and how I got some of my PATTERNS!!
1 Felt, tons, about a yard for just the pages, I got pinks for the girls,
colored felts all colors, ( my dollar store gets them in sometimes a 10 pack, ) but you can buy it on the bulk or just by pieces, depending on the size of your book.
2 embellishments, Buttons, Velcro, snaps, eyelets, (THESE ARE A LITTLE TO PRICY FOR MY BLOOD AT WAL MART! BUT MY LOCAL SCRAP BOOK STORE SALES THEM FOR .10 CENTS A PIECE IN ALL COLORS AND SHAPES) a eyelet tool, (THIS IS NOT A MUST HAVE, THEY ARE PRICEY SO WATCH FOR A GREAT SALE OR CLEARANCE I GOT MINE FOR 12.50 at WAL MART ON CLEARANCE!) ric rack, ribbons,
3 batting if you want thick pages
4 scissors can use pinking wave as well
7 Yarn, and shoe lace if you do the lacing instead of buckle, or just a buckle
8 and my secret lifesaver color pages, books, ect This is where I get my patterns as well as from appliqué I have laying around. I AM NOT A ARTIST, I have some real cute desert patterns that came with a appliqué kit I bought, I can try and scan some that I have done with there inspiration as well as any other patterns you may want,
Now the fun part is you know your child what they like don't like, ect, one twin does not have a favorite the other is a mickey mouse fan, so will get to dress mickey, so if your kid does not cook, maybe they like to color and draw? then add a color page, easy with a pocket, crayons, and pad of paper, maybe they are having trouble with letters, do a alphabet book, a is for apple, art, ect. make it fun with Velcro pic, and then they have to sound out the pic to find where it fits, or numbers add subtract, use animals, candy, and that. I am doing a under the sea one as well nephew loves animals, so use your kids likes to your advantage, maybe your child will like theres with robots, or cars, animals, the possibilities are endless here,.
So now till I get the pic up for page one figure out your theme, and look around your place, DI, dollar store and that to find what you want, sit down with a pencil and paper and jot it down, then you will know what you need, if you have questions want different ideas and patterns let me know I will be more then happy to help you..... Hope you are all still reading, :)