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Topic: Cloth book: FASTENERS, for teaching toddlers snaps, buttons, etc.  (Read 21334 times)
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« on: April 01, 2008 11:20:10 AM »

I've been wanting to make a book like this for a while, and this challenge was the perfect excuse to crank it out.


I started with these 9 items from the 99 cents store. (Each item was, you guessed it! 99 cents!)

1. zipper pouch for a 3-ring binder
2. makeup applicator sponges
3. velcro squares
4. shoelaces
5. wallet with snaps
6. 100% nylon shirt (it's horrible material!)
7. bath towel
8. handkerchief
9. belt

The first thing I did was turn the red handkerchief into bias tape. I should have made it wider, but I was worried I might not have enough, so I made it 1/2 inch (which is 1/4 inch when folded over the edges of the pages).


Then I cut the pages of the book from the nylon shirt. I used pieces of the yellow bath towel instead of batting to pad the pages. I used fabric paint from my existing supplies and the makeup applicator sponges to decorate them.


Here are the final pages...
Tie -- made from pieces of the belt and a shoelace:


Snaps -- using snaps from the wallet:


Velcro -- made from Velcro squares and a piece of the towel.  (I know you're not supposed to use "velcro" since it's a registered name, but that's how we really say it in every day life. I'm not going to teach my toddler "loop and hook tape." Sorry!)


Buttons -- using existing buttons and buttonholes from the top of the shirt. Interestingly, one buttonhole is vertical and one is horizontal. It was meant to be!


Zipper -- the zipper came from the 3-ring binder pencil pouch:


Buckle -- from the belt, obviously!


And the cover using pieces of the pencil pouch and a strip from the shirt on the spine:


Finally, an action shot. It passes the test of my little one!
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« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2008 11:24:35 AM »

that is great! Awesome job
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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2008 11:34:51 AM »

Cute idea! 
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« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2008 11:35:42 AM »

This is so fun!  And it never would have occurred to me about the Velcro, I think you made the right choice Wink
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« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2008 11:36:38 AM »

That is SO cute! I love the picture where it passes the toddler test. Great job!
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« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2008 12:02:04 PM »

This is a great idea - and seems like you put in a lot of time!  I'm impressed!
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« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2008 12:49:44 PM »

This is so great!  Also, love hot pink.  Wink the laces are really a winner.
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« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2008 02:23:01 PM »

wow this is fantastic! I dont even have kids abd can still appreciate it!
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« Reply #8 on: April 01, 2008 02:43:10 PM »

I love it. I had one of these books when I was little and loved to play with it. I really need to make one for my kid. Great job!
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« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2008 05:09:56 PM »

Very cute!
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« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2008 05:38:11 PM »

aww you're quite the mommy! i love the idea.
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« Reply #11 on: April 01, 2008 07:36:46 PM »

You are a genius and I bow down to your craftiness
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« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2008 07:42:09 PM »

Great job! So cool that you found all of those.  And I want that pink belt.
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« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2008 07:48:38 PM »

Great idea! I'm so impressed by the amount of work you put into this!!
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« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2008 08:05:48 PM »

That is so clever and timesaving to use those objects in your book! Very creative and inspiring!
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« Reply #15 on: April 01, 2008 08:43:42 PM »

this is wonderful! She will grow up to be a great crafter like you because she learned at an early age!
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« Reply #16 on: April 01, 2008 09:18:14 PM »

this is wonderful! She will grow up to be a great crafter like you because she learned at an early age!

I have no doubt she will! I got my first sewing machine for my 8th birthday...I learned to be a crafter from my mom!

Thanks for all the kind comments. This thing took me FOREVER and I'm so relieved it's done....and turned out as well as it did!
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« Reply #17 on: April 01, 2008 09:41:49 PM »

so clever! The kids i look after would love this.
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« Reply #18 on: April 02, 2008 01:16:40 AM »

wow - what a great idea. My daughter would love one of these.  Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: April 02, 2008 06:34:50 AM »

I was amazed just how many pages you got out of so few items. Great job! Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: April 02, 2008 07:08:39 AM »

That's really awesome.  It's fun and educational at the same time.
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« Reply #21 on: April 02, 2008 08:14:05 AM »

That is such an awesome project!  You clearly walked through that 99c store looking at everything not as it was, but as it could be.  The true craftster state of mind!

I'm bookmarking you for when I have kids!  lol
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« Reply #22 on: April 02, 2008 03:21:59 PM »

What a nifty idea! I should make something like this for my toddler.
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« Reply #23 on: April 02, 2008 04:50:36 PM »

That is such an awesome project!  You clearly walked through that 99c store looking at everything not as it was, but as it could be.  The true craftster state of mind!

I'm bookmarking you for when I have kids!  lol

I find myself extremely flattered by your comments! I had a lot of fun with this project, but I'm not sure I want to attempt another one any time real soon....  Although I have a feeling I'll be making one for my nephew come Christmas...  ;-)
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« Reply #24 on: April 04, 2008 07:35:47 AM »

That's fantasic!
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« Reply #25 on: April 04, 2008 05:33:30 PM »

I LOVE this - I might steal your idea and make on for my niece and nephew. Right on!
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« Reply #26 on: April 04, 2008 05:38:35 PM »

Aww that's so cute! I used to have a book like that when I was little! Those were the days... sigh...

Yours looks wonderful, and only $10? Sweeet.  Smiley
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« Reply #27 on: April 06, 2008 03:42:20 PM »

Great idea!  And what a gift to your child!
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« Reply #28 on: April 07, 2008 07:37:11 PM »

Oooo...my #2 choice!  Such fun.

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« Reply #29 on: April 07, 2008 11:32:51 PM »

Oooo...my #2 choice!  Such fun.

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Only #2, huh?  Haha! Actually, I'm stoked I got more than just my own vote! Thanks everybody! :-)
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« Reply #30 on: November 30, 2008 12:26:49 PM »

I never would have though of this! I think that this is so cool!  Cheesy I would have wanted one of these when I was little!   Grin It was SUCH a great idea!
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