I just recently finished this gift for my best friend's son. He is actually like a nephew to me, so it was really fun to give this to him, and even more fun to see his mom's reaction!
My grandma used to make these books and she made one for me when I was little. She taught me how and gave me copies of her patterns, so now I have made one! Many of these patterns came from vintage patterns (meaning older than me and out of print, haha) and I am unsure of whether you could even get a copy any more. But I am sure all you DIY-ers out there could figure out a way to do it without a pattern. (Be warned though: a project this size and this detailed is probably going to take a month or longer to finish. Ok, keep reading!) I can't post a tute (due to the sheer length of it and exhaustiveness), but I will try to help anyone who wants to email me about a specific pattern.
I don't want to take up all of Craftster's bandwidth with this thing, so I am only posting a few pictures. You can see the rest on my blog here http://gishygoo.blogspot.com/2006/07/pictures-as-promised.html
and here http://gishygoo.blogspot.com/2006/07/birthday-present-for-little-tyke.html
Ok, so the first page is a hippo. His nostrils are buttons and when you unbutton his mouth, there is a fat red tongue! So cute. I love that he is a bus driver.
I love the train, mostly because it has an elephant and teddy bear that you can put in and out of the cars. (They are tied in with a string so they don't get lost.)
The alligator is my favorite, because inside he has a polka dot tongue! Check out the links above to see it in action!!! The sunny clock is also fun, and most kids love it. The plastic hands actually rotate, thanks to a folding brad . . .
My sister loves to "hang the clothes." They attach with a few hooks from hook and eye connectors. And the basket below is a pocket to hold the clothes when they are dry!
The kangaroo has a surprise in her pocket, so if you want, check out my blog to find out what it is!
I hope you've enjoyed looking! Feel free to tell me what you think or ask any questions about it.