Lets make one thing clear. I never sew. I don’t own a sewing machine and my sewing kit well… lets just say I’m too embarrassed to take a picture of it.
In fact, I think this is the first time in well over a year it’s seen the light of day. Regardless I had it in my head that I wanted to make Mister C something out of all the felt that was piling up in our art closet. He’s been into naming shapes a lot lately so I thought something along those lines was in order. My first thought was to do a felt board of sorts with cut out shapes but I really wanted to expand on that a little further and I wanted something portable. In the end, I put together this little Felt Book of Shapes.
It’s fairly rudimentary but it works. It’s all sewn by hand so if you are needle and thread challenged like I am, I’m willing to bet this is something even you can make if you were so inclined.
I started off with 8 pieces of felt. One in each color of the rainbow along with brown and black. I figured we might as well have some good color conversations while we were discussing shapes.
Now before I get going with how I did this, let me reiterate… This project is a little out of the scope of the type of thing I usually do and I was creating as I went. That said, if I was doing this again I would probably do things in a slightly different order (like sewing the felt shapes on the pages before tying the book together…duh, right Jen?) but hey, you live and learn right?
I folded the felt into quarters and cut out the book’s pages that way. Sorry, no fancy measuring here. Then I went through and cut out felt shapes. Star, heart, circle, rectangle, square and triangle. Again, all by hand except for a couple shapes that I used cookie cutters to trace. I decided on cutting out two of each shape from any given color so that not only would the little Mister have a book of shapes but he could do some matching too.
I hand stitched the shapes onto the pages, leaving enough room for Mister C to find and place a matching shape on the same page. Using a fabric marker I wrote the name of each shape on it’s corresponding page.
I put the pages in rainbow color order using the black for both the cover and back of the book. I used the brown felt to make a page with a pocket at the end of the book, to store the extra felt shapes.
I punched a hole in the upper left hand corner of all the pages and tied the book together with yarn.
For finishing touches I tried to get a little fancy on the front and hand stitched some shapes and used fabric markers to give the book a title. So…..what do you think? Will the little guy like his Felt Book of Shapes?