Thursday, February 21, 2008

Flannel Picture Books

You Will Need:
  • One yard of fabric (1/2 yard of each fabric if you want two) One yard should make 3 books.
  • 1/4 yard clear vinyl (available in fabric stores)
  • 1/2 yard batting
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • Ruler/tape measure or Cutting Mat with measurements

Making the Books:

  • Cut flannel into rectangles measuring 18 1/2 " by 9 "
  • Cut batting into rectangles measuring 18 " by 8 1/2 "
  • Cut vinyl into squares measuring 6 1/2 " by 6 1/2 "
  • On each vinyl square finish one edge by folding it over and creating a small "hem"
  • Sew 2 pieces of vinyl to each piece of flannel along the 3 unfinished edges of the vinyl, keeping in mind that there will be a 1/2 inch "spine" for the book in the middle of the rectangle.
  • Pin 2 finished pieces of flannel wrong sides together with batting between.
  • Sew pinned pieces together at least 1/2 inch away from edges (to allow for "fringe")
  • Take 2 sewn pages, and stitch them together down the center either with a straight line or a narrow rectangle
  • Snip edges
  • Wash & dry (be careful not to clog machine)

Extra Tips

  • When preparing vinyl, it can be easier to cut a strip of vinyl 6 1/2 inches high along length of piece, finish one side of strip, and then cut every 6 1/2 inches to create squares. (It just makes the sewing go quicker)
  • We sewed the vinyl pockets onto the flannel with the opening at the top, you can also sew it with the opening toward the spine or away from it.
  • When joining finished flannel pages, make sure the pockets on the front and back are facing the same direction! (The same goes for when sewing the book together)
  • On the book in the top photo, a flannel heart was stitched to the front, you can choose to do something similar to spice up the front or back of your book, but for simplicity's sake, we opted to make all our pages the same including the front and back.

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