I was prompted by an upcoming birthday to make a felt book for the gift while simultaneously making one for the lad — something I’ve been meaning to make for quite a while now. Fortunately it turned out rather well!
I have to admit I didn’t really understand felt books at first. I’ve seen them in stores (mighty expensive!) and H has talked about playing with felt boards as a kid — but I didn’t get it. What do you DO with them?
Well, simply enough, you just play with them. I cannot emphasize how much the Boo likes this book. He’s been playing with it all day, asking for new creatures (sea urchin!), ripping off crab claws (oops), sharks have been chasing fish, lobsters have been hiding under rocks, animals have been hitcihng a life on the manta ray.. it’s incredible. I thought he might like the sharks but I had no idea how into this he would be.
Fortunately I left it rather open ended so he’s also requested dinosaurs (dirt is dirt and blue can be water or sky, no?) and I have an urge to make a farm scene for some reason. There’s also a pocket on the back to hold the shapes. I haven’t sewn on the button to actually close it yet, but I found the perfect ones — stars!
I used a wool/acrylic blend (from Colonial Crafts) and it was definitely an improvement on the stuff from the craft store. However, I’m still hankering to try out the 100% wool felt. You can expect to see more felt crafts in the future because I have some left over. I’m thinking wool crowns. Yay for felt!