Do you know how easy it is to make soft-back books for babies? It’s so simple that, once you make one, you won’t be able to stop. Your baby will suddenly have a whole collection of fun and colorful books with assorted images. It’s addictive! You don’t have to go out and purchase a bunch of supplies; use wash cloths to make the books!
Stack wash cloths on top of each other so that they align perfectly. They can all be the same color, or can be different colors, but must all be the same size. On the left side of the stack, poke two holes in each washcloth, spacing them evenly apart. Make sure all the holes in the stack align perfectly.
Cut a length of ribbon and thread the ends through the holes. Thread one end all the way through the first set of holes and the other end through the opposite holes. Bring the ribbons to the top of the stack and tie them in a bow. Make sure you don’t pull the bow tight and wad up the binding of the book.
If you want, you can make the binding sturdier by cutting a strip or two of narrow cardboard. Place one strip on the back of the book, or place a strip or two between the wash cloths, and cut the holes as you did in the wash cloths. You can do something similar to strengthen the pages themselves. Cut a square of cardboard for every two wash cloths. Glue or sew the cloths together, trapping the cardboard between them.
Now you can use any number of things to create the theme of the book. Use fabric glue to attach felt shapes, images cut from additional wash cloths, bows and ribbons, and similar things. If you’d prefer to sew these items on do so before stacking the wash cloths and creating the ribbon binding. Before or after assembling the book you can sew on things like buttons but don’t use glue for these. Thread is a much better choice for items baby could possibly pull off and put in his or her mouth. Use paint markers or permanent ink markers to write captions or words on the pages.
Things that have unique textures, like a zipper, can be attached to the book even if the baby can’t operate the it. The baby will enjoy the feel of the metal teeth and the zipper pull. Velcro is another such object. Sew or glue on things like fringe, lace and wired ribbon to give the baby other things to feel and consider.
It’s fun to felt letters and numbers, unbreakable mirrors, pieces of cloth, small bells and beads, pipe cleaners, pom-poms and similar things to make an assortment of washcloth books. Your baby will love and cherish these books that can be used from infancy on up to toddler years.