As usual, I was at a loss as to what I would make my nephew for his birthday. It's soooo easy to make things for girls, but not so much when it comes to boys' gifts. Then I saw THIS cute felt book made by Kalleen at Second Street
Though her book was made for a girl, I though it would be easy to use the same idea for a boy. I used only supplies I already had, hence the boring cream pages.
I made mine a little different from the example. I didn't use velcro since I knew this would end up at church frequently and hearing that rrrrriipppp-ing each time an element is moved can be disruptive. I've learned this after making about 10 file folder quiet activities for my girls to take to church using velcro. Now they can't even use them there.
Felt naturally clings together anyway so I just left it out. I made pockets for all of the little pieces to store in.
Instead of dressing up a little girl, I made a boy with 3 changes of clothing. The first outfit is playclothes with a baseball and bat. The second is a church outfit.
I included a page where he can create a dragon. The body is stitched down leaving all of the limbs and accessories free to be placed wherever he would like.
I loved the coloring page that was in the original book. I had a little extra room to fit one more crayon on my page since I made my pages 9"x9".
I also bound my book a little different, it was just easier and let's face it, this took a lot of time to make and I was soooooooo done by the time it came to binding the book.
(note: after posting this,I have had a couple of requests to show how I bound this book. I will work on creating a how-to for this)
My youngest wants one of these now but I'm going to have to take a break from this for a while before even thinking about it.