Create a sweet and snuggly gift for that special little someone. Features stimulating colors, taggies to tug on, and shapes to learn! Machine washable! Free template links at bottom of page.
- 4 patterns of flannel, each cut to 6 x 12 inches
- 6 additional patterns of flannel, cut into a square, circle, rectangle, triangle, star, and heart (approx 5×5 inches each)
- 2 strips of batting, cut to 6×12 inches
- 8 types of ribbon, cut to approx. 4 inches long
- Wonder Under double-sided fusible webbing
- Iron on printable paper (for darks)
- Straight pins, sewing machine, iron
Wash and dry all fabrics to prevent shrinkage later.
While your fabric is being washed, you can print out the text for your book. I recommend using Printworks for Darks Transfer Paper, because there is no need to reverse the image, and it allows you to iron the image face-up, so you can see exactly what you’re doing. The template below contains the text for two books on one page. Neatly cut out the text, leaving a small border of white background around each label.
Once your fabric is dry, iron it flat. Then cut your patterned flannel into four 6x12 rectangles. Next cut the batting into two rectangles, 6×12 inches.Trim your ribbon so you have 8 4-inch pieces.
Layer the fabrics so you know which order you’d like them in. Once you’ve planned that, take the first fabric and lay it pattern-side-up. Fold a ribbon in half so it forms a loop. Pin four ribbons to the short side of the fabric, with the loop end pointing INWARD towards the center of the fabric. (For easy sewing and removal of pins, pin along the length of the ribbon.) Repeat for the other short side of that page.
Next lay your second fabric face-down on top of the first (right-sides together). Lay your batting on top of the stack. Sew together, leaving a 2-inch hole for turning fabrics inside out. Remove the pins, and turn inside out. Use the eraser end of a pencil to push out the seams and corners. Fold over edges around hole neatly and sew hole shut. Repeat these steps for the next page (I didn’t add ribbon to the interior pages).
Follow the instructions included with your iron-on paper to add your labels to each page. (For the Printworks for Darks, you MUST cover the label with the included tissue paper. If the iron touches the label itself, it will melt and shrivel.)
Now iron on your 5×5 patterned fabric pieces to the ROUGH SIDE of the Wonder Under. Flip over and trace your shapes on the back. (NOTE: the template does not include the square– it’s simpler to just cut a 3×3 square.) Cut out shapes. Remove backing. (You can tell that the Wonder Under has properly adhered when the back of the fabric feels smooth and waxy. If you begin to peel off the paper and it looks fuzzy, iron again before removing paper.)
Iron one shape to each page of your book, EXCEPT for the front and back covers (first and last pages). Then layer the pages together, and stitch down the center to complete your book (I chose to make two lines of stitches down the middle, about 1/2 inch apart, to give the book more of a “binding”). Write the child’s name in permanent marker on the back.
Here are the free templates available for download: