The twins love pointing to pictures and objects and naming them. I mean, love! We have plenty of board books with objects and animals, but I wanted to make a book with family pictures. Miss B especially loves seeing pictures of Grandma (“Gamma”) and twin brother Robert (or sometimes, “Rah-Wah”).
I decided to try my hand a making a board book that combines the twins’ love of naming things as well as their fascination with the flip-top lids on the wet wipes containers.
- cardboard, cut 9 1/4″ by 9 1/2″
- patterned fabric, cut 10″ x 38 1/2″
- two pieces of solid fabric, cut 1″ x 20″ and 3″ x 5.5″
- sewing machine and thread
- fabric or craft glue
- white paint and thin paintbrush
- 6 flip-top lids from wet wipes
- 6 pictures of family members (I chose – mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, brother, and sister)
- hot glue and gluegun
I started with an empty box of diapers – for the cardboard.
Cut two 9 1/4″ by 9 1/2″ pieces of cardboard.
Pick a colorful patterned fabric and cut a rectangle 10″ x 38 1/2″.
Lay this piece of fabric flat, with the patterned side facing up. Identify the center of the fabric, and fold the two ends in towards the center. Leave about a 1/4″ gap.
Pin down the top and bottom edges. Sew the top and bottom edges with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Flip the fabric right-side-out.
Slide the two cardboard squares into the fabric pouches.
The base for your book is complete. Now to “bind” it.
Take a piece of solid fabric, cut 1″ x 20″, and apply glue to one side.
Apply the strip of fabric around the center of the book.
Bring the ends of the fabric together on the inside of the book. Let the glue dry.
(Not Pictured) add a square fabric to the front of the book as well. Paint on a title if you want.
Gather your empty wet wipes containers and remove the flip tops. Just pull hard, and they will come right off!
Select pictures of family members to fit inside the flip tops.
Cut the pictures down to size. Hot glue the pictures and flip-tops to the inside of the board book.
Brooklyn absolutely loves her new book! She gets so excited when she flips open a top and sees a picture of Grandma of Papa. It’s making me start to think she likes her grandparents more than her own mom! I thought she wasn’t supposed to go through that stage for a few more years!
Such a creative idea, who would have thought?? Little Miss “B” is so darn cute!!