How to Make a Cloth Book About a Toddler: 10 Steps - MakeSureHow
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A personalized cloth book celebrates your toddler's unique personality traits.


Children's cloth books are a quaint and mildly underrated invention. What's not to love about a book that can survive a drop in a muddy puddle or a dunk in a bowl of baked beans, and, after a quick wash, bounce back as good as new? Your (in)famously egocentric toddler will adore you forever (or at least a day) if you sew up a personalized cloth book for him!

EditSteps

  1. 1
    Cut two 11-inch by 16-inch rectangles and two 10-inch by 15-inch pieces of cotton gingham fabric in a color to suit your toddler's preferences.
  2. 2
    Cut out the initial letter of your toddler's first name from felt in a color that contrasts with the gingham fabric color.
  3. 3
    Fold one of the large fabric rectangles in half width-ways and press. Open it out, and then applique the felt letter onto the right side of the fabric and in the center of the right-hand half of the fabric rectangle.
  4. 4
    Fold the second large fabric rectangle in half and press. Place your toddler's left hand onto the center of the left-hand half of the fabric rectangle and draw around it using a brightly-colored fabric pen. Remove your toddler's hand and then sew over the outline using brightly colored thread and a simple running stitch. Embroider the word "Left" centrally and immediately underneath the hand shape. Place your toddler's right hand onto the center of the right-hand half of the rectangle. Draw around the hand using a fabric pen and embroider the outline. Embroider the word "Right" immediately underneath the hand shape.
  5. 5
    Fold one of the small fabric rectangles in half width-ways and press. Open it out and then embroider the phrase, "My name is" using brightly-colored threads and a simple running stitch onto the right side of the fabric and across the center of the right-hand half of the rectangle. Embroider your toddler's name centrally on the fabric and directly underneath the embroidered phrase. The embroidered phrase and the embroidered name should each have a width of about 6 inches.
  6. 6
    Cut out the numeral that represents your toddler's age from colored felt and in a size that is similar to the initial letter applique. Sew the felt numeral onto the right side of the fabric, and in the center of the left-hand half of the fabric rectangle. Embroider the phrase "I am" centrally onto the fabric and immediately above the appliqued felt numeral.
  7. 7
    Fold the second small fabric rectangle in half and press. Open it out and then applique felt or fabric cut-outs or small fabric panel pictures of your toddler's favorite toy, animal or food into the center of the fabric rectangle. Embroider the phrase "I like" centrally and immediately above the cut-outs or fabric panel pictures.
  8. 8
    Pin the large fabric rectangles right sides together. Cut a 10-inch by 16-inch piece of light needlepunch fleece and pin onto the wrong side of one of the large fabric rectangles. Position the fleece level with the top line of the fabric and match up the corners. Stitch around the top and sides using a half-inch seam allowance and leave the bottom end open. Clip the corners, turn fabric to the right side and press. Whipstitch the opening closed.
  9. 9
    Pin the small fabric rectangles right sides together. Cut a 9-inch by 15-inch piece of light needlepunch fleece. Pin fleece onto the wrong side of one of the small fabric rectangles as for Step 8, stitch around the top and sides and leave the bottom end open. Clip the corners, turn fabric to the right side and press. Whipstitch the opening closed.
  10. 10
    Place the large fabric rectangle with the hand shapes facing upward onto a flat surface. Place the small fabric rectangle with the toy, animal or food cut-outs facing upward on top of the large rectangle. Check that the book is evenly positioned and pin into place. Stitch down the spine of the book to secure the pages together.

EditThings You'll Need

  • Fabric
  • Felt
  • Fabric pens
  • Fabric panel pictures
  • Pins
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors

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Categories: Education and Communications

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