This soft book features stimulating colors, taggies to tug on, and shapes to learn!
1Wash and dry all fabrics to prevent shrinkage later.
2While 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.
3Once your fabric is dry, iron it flat. Then cut your patterned flannel into four 6×12 rectangles. Next cut the batting into two rectangles, 6×12 inches.Trim your ribbon so you have 8 4-inch pieces.
4Layer 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.
5Next 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).
6Follow 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.)
7Now 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.)
8Iron 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.
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