Good afternoon! This post is a bit late today as we have been busy with gymnastics and having fun with the new activity book we made this morning. (I meant to post it as soon as we finished making it, but we got carried away.) Syd loves her new book, and now I think I am going to have to make several more! I’ll definitely need to figure out some activities that are appropriate for a book to keep in the car, and even a small one that can be tossed into my purse!
Here is our book, and how we made it. Enjoy!
What you’ll need:
activities, you can find these online or make your own
scrap paper or wallpaper for the cover and pocket
sewing machine and thread
First, select the papers for your cover and pocket. Sydney had fun helping me pick these out.
Now, get all your activities printed or drawn out on paper. I let my wallpaper cover dictate the book size, and so my pages are smaller than the typical 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper folded in half. You can make yours any size you’d like.
Now it’s time to sew. Cut out your pages if necessary, and assemble the book. I found it helpful to use clips to help keep things in place.
To give the book a more finished look, I folded in and ‘hemmed’ the edges on the cover. This is optional.
Next, out of contrasting paper, cut a square to make the pocket for the front of the book. Position on the cover, and sew along three sides.
And that’s it, you’re done! You can add more personalization if you desire, such as pockets on the interior, or maybe another contrasting paper for the inside cover. Let your imagination run wild!
Here is a glimpse into Sydney’s book, and some of the fun projects inside.
When my kids were little I constructed a travel activity book using a loose leaf notebook and large ziploc bags. I punched 3 holes in one side to line up with the notebook rings. The zipper top kept the activities neat until they wanted them. I put in things like pipe cleaners, a small chalk board & chalk, some “dress up” things like goofy glasses and bandanas, some lego blocks, each activity in its own zipper bag. You wouldn’t believe how many times we used it on car trips!
omg, i love this idea! i don’t have a sewing machine, but i can make the sheets separately. i love the pasta placement idea 🙂
Thanks, you can definitely adapt this idea to make a no sew version. Or, you can also get a large needle and thread and hand sew it in just a few spots on the spine!
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