I am lucky enough to have five small children in my life at the moment. Two are my granddaughters, and three are a set of triplets belonging to a friend. My youngest granddaughter and the triplets are all just about to turn 2 years old.
So I have made two cloth books, one for my own granddaughter, Mikayla, and one for the triplets to fight over. They are held together by grommets on each page, and big key rings. Here are some of the pages.
Here is a tiny shoe with laces. I bought a small pair of shoes at a resale shop, washed them, and then cut off the sole. The shoe is attached to the page by putting seam binding all around the edges, and the laces are sewn in so short people can’t pull them out. The triplets in particular have been fascinated by my shoelaces when I go to visit.
This idea came from Mikayla’s nanny. It has little pieces of colored fabrics, in certain colors, that have specific shapes and fit into specific pockets. Mikayla in particular likes to play with my wallet, taking out credit cards and sliding them back into the slots.
Next, a zipper. The triplets are also fascinated with any zippers I have on my clothing when I visit. So here is a page with a zipper they can zip and unzip to their little hearts’ content!
This one is Mikayla’s favorite. Hands that have grippers at the tips of each finger. The fingers are also numbered, and the hands are labelled with RIGHT and LEFT. I had to work with the grippers to make sure they weren’t either too tight, or too loose. If too tight, I’d lightly pound the tip of a screwdriver into the hole in the gripper. If I went too far with that, and the gripper became loose, I’d use pliers to squeeze it together again!
And of course some Velcro to pull off and push back on. For each “disk” with Velcro, I put an applique on some fabric, put batting between that and a backing, sewed the Velcro to the back, and then did a satin stitch applique around the edges. The triplets’ Mom asked that I actually attach the pieces to the page somehow so they wouldn’t get lost, so that is a valuable addition.
Don’t ask me to make any more of these! Three years ago I made one for Lexie, my older granddaughter, and I think I am finished with them. They are a marvelous gift, but also a lot of work.