Monday, December 14, 2015

Seek & Find or I Spy Cloth Book

      Had so much fun going through my novelty scraps and fussy cutting for this cloth book made for a baby shower.  
       If you can put together a 9 patch, you can make this cloth book.
     I got this idea from "Quarter Inch from the Edge."  She made a great book of colors.
       As a retired elementary teacher, I loved the open ended activities you could use with the book. So I took it a step further and looked for other things that could be found or matched. That observation skill is necessary for reading and other content areas.
     This book can be used by an infant being exposed to bright colors through Kindergarten with various activities.  See the last page of the book below for ideas. 
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Fussy cut & lay out pages providing for lots of matching & finding.
A 9 patch and busy fabric were placed right sides together, 
turned right side out and edge stitched.
 After I made several pages including one of velvets & corduroy for sensory reasons, 
I realized over at "Quarter Inch" she made her "pages" 6x3.
 If I had made the pages 6x3,
I could have stitched down the center to bind the book.
 Instead, I made 2 button holes on each page.

Reused jeans for the cover of the book.
The seam becomes the spine of the book.
 Trimmed to fit pages.
 Appliqued a fussy cut and lined with a busy fabric.
Added button holes to front and back.
Used a shoe string to bind the cover and pages.
This means you could add more pages or change out a page.

 Busy fabrics were used on the back of the 9 patch pieces.

The last page includes ideas to "Find & Seek" or "I Spy."
I decided embroidering words would take too long.
If Mommy or someone thinks of more things to seek & find, 
they can write them down.
I had so much fun making this little book
 for a couple of little twin boys.
I didn't have to buy a thing to make this book.
All of the fabrics and shoestring came from my stash.

The pieces for my 9 patch were 2½ inch squares
which created 6x6 inch pages.

Sharing at several Linky Parties.

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  1. Oh my this is amazing, and all from nothing too, you are so clever and lovely instructions too, I'm so pleased to have discovered you from #CreativeMondays and would love you to join my Trash2Treasure too, it is for things made from throwaway items just like this.

    1. Thank you for linking up, I love this post #Trash2Treasure

  2. Thanks for the shout out! I love the button hole idea (but would never attempt it... I suck at making them). Hope the twinners enjoy it!

  3. This is such a great gift idea for almost anyone as you could make it a memory book for an older person using pictures printed on fabric. Love what you created.

  4. What a terrific gift...will provide hours of learning and tactile enjoyment for sure

  5. Such a cute idea!

  6. I am going to have to steal the jeans cover idea.

  7. Love the jeans book cover, and of course the whole scrapbooking idea! Thank you for linking it up at our SHARE IT party, and overall, thank you for sharing your great talents with us at FineCraftGuild this year. Hoping for a continued collaboration in 2016! Happy Holidays, Rose.

  8. Oh, how CUTE! Thank you for sharing this adorable book at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  9. Great idea and beautiful work. I especially love the denim!

  10. What a fabulous idea for a busy book, Joy. The twins and their parents will be able to find and talk about different things each time they look at it. Love the denim cover, too.

  11. Wow! What a wonderful idea. Makes me want to get to work on one myself.


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