These are ideal for young children for they will stand being chewed,
dribbled on and scrunched up. A quick swill in the washing machine
and rub with the iron soon restores them to their first freshness.
Made in unbleached calico they can be very strong, and with suitable
pictures that reflect the child's interests they can also be
used with some older children with learning difficulties. For anyone
handy with a sewing machine they are also fun to make.
- Cut just outside the edges of the pictures. This margin will
be covered by stitching when you apply them to the page.
- Arrange the pictures as you want them to look in the finished
book. You now have an ides of the size and number of the pages.
- Cut out the pages in calico. Allow for seams and make each one
twice the width of the finished page. Fold each one in half. The
fold will make the leading edge of the page.
- Tack pictures each side of the fold. Allow about 3 cms at each
side edge - for stitching the finished pages together.
- Outline each picture with a very short machine running stitch
and then go round again with a narrow and close zigzag stitch.
The pictures should now be firmly attached to the page and should
not fray or tear away at the edges.
- Take one double page, and with right sides together, stitch
across the top and bottom.
- Turn right side out (poke out the corners) and press with an
- Repeat the process with all the other pages.
- Make a front and back cover the same way.
- Tack all the pages together down the spine. If the book has
several pages and it is difficult to stitch through them all,
machine stitch them together in pairs and then oversew them all
- The spine now probably looks a strong but untidy mess! Cover
it with a strip of broad ribbon or contrasting fabric.
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