This is a Touch and Feel felt book I made using old stained/ripped up shirts that were in too rough shape to donate. You could use special pieces of clothing too if you wanted to give the book more special meaning.
As with the Tangled Tower this is something I was inspired to make on a whim. Therefore I sort of made it up as I went and since I am not exactly the craftiest mama on the block I may have done some things backwards or made it harder on myself than it needed to be. With that said this was actually really easy and fun to make, I would love to make more if I had the time/supplies.
What you need:
Old shirts, preferably ones that have unique designs with lots of raised areas/soft areas/textured areas/areas that are sensory pleasing to touch.
Felt rectangles/squares (easily found at craft stores/big chain stores)
Fabric Glue/Hot glue
Cut out designs from shirts, be sure to leave enough area around the design so that it looks pretty.
|hello horribly UNstraight edges!|
Glue down fabric onto felt. I tried using fabric glue at first but it was taking too long to dry so I switched to hot glue. If you are talented in the sewing department you could even sew these together, that would probably make them sturdier anyways I just have no sewing skills.
I can't cut in a straight line to save my life so I was inspired to use ribbon boarders to give the illusion that my pieces were cute out nicely. I think the ribbon boarders also just make the book look nice.
This is where I switched over to hot glue because the ribbon kept pulling off since the fabric glue was so wet. Plus the hot glue helps to seal the ends of the ribbon together to prevent fraying as easily.
|ribbon boarder hides edges nicely|
Once you have 1 page done move on to the next until you have all the pages you want completed.
To assembler into a book line up felt pieces together. Use scissors to create a hole in each piece of felt and thread ribbon through. Tie ribbon in a knot and cut. Repeat until you have as many holes as you want/need(I did 3). You could also use metal rings or metal brads to bind the book together.
This actually turned out to be a lot cuter than I envisioned in my mind, probably because in my mind I didn't have cute ribbon boarders around each pic. I made up a silly story to go along with our book, in case anyone ever asks me to "read" it.
|for the touch and feel/sensory aspect the girl is raised|
off the material.
Once upon a time there was a little girl named -insert name here_
She was very cute, everyone in the land agreed this was so
|for the touch and feel/sensory aspect the letters and |
fruit on the "Cute" picture are all raised and textures while
the Tinkerbell is silky and soft
-insert name here- was so gentle that even the Fairies loved her.
She was also very caring and loved all animals.
|for the touch and feel/sensory aspect the glittery parts|
on the puppy picture are textured and the lines on the
roses are all raised.
-insert name here- was very talented when it came to gardening and grew the most beautiful roses in the entire land
|for the touch and feel/sensory aspect the girl is raised off |
OK, the story isn't exactly grade A material but I had to work of the pictures and that's the best I could come up with at almost midnight.
this wanna be crafty mama,