It was a fun project (though I'm sure I'll NEVER do it again) and my kidlets have all LOVED this book. When it was finished, we joked that we didn't want our kidlets to play with it after all our hard work, but it has stood the test of time and many tiny hands very well.
FRONT PAGE: I sewed on sticky felt letters and added cute buttons from the sewing aisle. For each page I used THICK felt.
Peek-a-Boo Flaps with cute patches from the sewing aisle at the craft stores.
FISH BOWL: The fish can go in the water. They are attached to ribbon, so they don't get lost.
DRESS UP DOLL: A favorite page.
The doll is made out of foam. We just hand drew the pattern for the doll and clothes.
Throughout the whole book we used the THICK felt. It's actually kinda hard even.
SHAPES: Another favorite. Used a pocket from old jeans to store the pieces in. Holds it nice and tight.
I used permanent marker to trace the outlines of each shape. Easy and it's lasted more than 10 years.
On these pieces I doubled the THICK felt and stitched it together so they would be sturdy enough for to keep their shape with little hands.
TRAIN: The train is made with regular felt. Just hand drew the shapes.
Each car has a different animal. Again, patches from sewing aisle and ribbon.
HAIR: Her face is made of foam with stitched features. I attached a big ribbon and I'll put clips on it so they can do her hair. As they get older they can practice braiding.
BACK PAGE: Lift the flaps. Easy. Just THICK felt and snaps.
Hope this helps you with your project!