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Topic: Cloth book: FASTENERS, for teaching toddlers snaps, buttons, etc.  (Read 29383 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!
« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2008 05:09:56 PM »

Very cute!

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