Make a book Monday :: Simple felt book

simple felt book

I made a simple felt book for a little friend recently. She’s only two, so it’s easy for her to move pieces around in imaginary play. A good book for toddlers and preschoolers ~ maybe one to keep in the handbag or nappy bag?

simple felt book

felt book 2
felt book 4

felt book 5

You need:

Three A4 pieces of light coloured felt {preferably wool, though I could only find acrylic at our local store}
Felt in various colours or patterns
50 cm embroidery thread
embroidery needle
sharp scissors

1. Cut three long pieces of light coloured felt. These strips are about 15cm high x 25 cm wide.

2. Cut various shapes in other coloured wool ~ I did little nude people, and cut hats and clothes, zigzag grass, trees and a variety of different coloured shapes. I also cut out a letter for the little person’s name.

3. Lay long pieces of light coloured felt on top of each other. Using embroidery thread and needle, stitch a simple long stitch vertically down the middle to bind the pieces together. I did reverse long stitch, by reversing back on my first stitch.

4. Lay felt shapes inside book, and ta-da!

Happy book making!


{PS this Monday book series is a little sporadic, as you may have realised – please forgive my crazy month, and accept my Monday book posts whenever I can get to them!}

Pretty Little Finds ~ Bangalow Designers’ Market

Twice a year, hidden away behind the main street of Bangalow, you’ll find the Bangalow Designer’s Market.

There was so much lovely. My creative centres were firing as I walked around. But I was pushing a pram which contained one very tired little girl, so I only got to take pictures of a few of my favourite stalls. Still, better than none.


Macramake Bangalow Designers' Market

Bangalow Designers' Market Macramake

Bangalow Designers' Market Macramake

Yvette and Miranda Macramake


Luludu Bangalow Designers' Market ethical shoes

Ethical crochet shoes Luludu

Gypsy at Home

Gypsy at Home

Bubbles at the Head

Bubbles at the Head See more from these lovely markets at Seeker of The Lost Arts.

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How to make a tiny book

How to make a little book

I discovered this great thing recently – I can make a book out of a single piece of paper, with nothing but a pair of scissors. Actually, you don’t even need the scissors, if you are a really neat tearer.

It’s really really easy, and you can make books for all sorts of things. My imagination school kids have made them for presents, Dr Seuss-like tongue twisters, drawings, mini graphic novels and even an autograph book. Elfie and I were inspired to make a haiku one, after reading a Japanese picture book.

It’s technically called the French Fold, but I call it a tiny book.

1. Take a plain piece of paper.

how to make a little book 2. Fold long ways.

how to make a little book 3. Fold end to end.

how to make a little book 4. Fold again in the same direction.

how to make a little book 5. Unfold.

how to make a little book 6. Fold again, but this time, fold ends together.

how to make a little book 7. Now cut (or tear) along the middle, from the fold down to the centre. Only cut to the centre!

how to make a little book 8. Open again. You should have a slice down the middle.

how to make a little book 9. Refold, this time long ways again. Push the short ends together, and it should make a concertina.

how to make a little book 10. When you push ends together, you should see your eight-page book!

how to make a little book Hope you enjoy this cute little project. Once children learn the fold themselves, they can make a book from any old scrap of paper, for any purpose.

Let me know how you go and feel free to share your projects on my Facebook page. x

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how to make a little book from  single piece of paper

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How to paint with flowers

painting with flowers

My friend Nell came over for a coffee the other morning. While I made her a flat white, she pulled out a mini mortar and pestle and frozen blue pansy petals. She told Elfie to find a few flowers from the garden. We were intrigued.

Nell began grinding the flower petals using the mortar and pestle. She added a speck of boiled water, and then, curiously, added chalk dust.

She painted the colour onto white paper. Blue…like duck eggs. Lovely.

The following rainy Sunday, Elfie filled her basket with petals, leaves and weeds from the garden. We sorted them into colours, by putting the petals in ice cube trays and put them in the freezer for a couple of hours.

painting with flowers

painting with flowers (rainbow)

It was fun grinding the different petals and discovering the colours. Surprisingly, the colours were strong and vibrant. We experimented, adding a little chalk dust to some, and salt to others.

painting with flowers

making natural paint from flowers

natural watercolours made form flowers

To make natural paint from flowers:

1. Collect petals and leaves

2. Separate into colours and kinds using an ice cube tray

3. Freeze for a couple of hours

4. Grind a small handful of petals or leaves one colour at a time using a mortar and pestle, or something similar

5. Add a few drops of boiling water to activate the colour

6. Experiment by adding chalk (alkaline) or salt or vinegar (acidic)

7. Paint onto paper

According to lovely Nell, the colours don’t fade if kept out of direct sunlight.

Have fun! x

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DIY : : Simple macrame plant hangers

Macrame Hanging Planters So, we have this lovely painted white brick wall in our house, and it has been calling out for some prettiness. I have seen macrame plant hangers around the place, and found them to be pretty, but a little over-priced. In my thriftiness, I thought I could make something like those. So I did.

I found a bunch of beautiful coloured cotton/viscose yarn in the knitting section of Spotlight. It was half price. And shiny. Chose some colours.

For these, you will need:

8 lengths of approx. 120cm cord (I used fine knitting cotton/viscose yarn, but you could also get parachute cord from Bunnings – comes in neon!)
key ring
sharp scissors
glass jar (painted or not painted)

DIY macrame plant hanger materials 1. I started with my ordinary up-cycled glass jar. I swirled in some blackboard paint, then poured it out, ensuring the entire inside surface of the jar caught the paint.

2. Take your eight lengths of cord. Loop the eight lengths through your key hole, so you are doubling the thickness and halving the length. Tie a knot near the key ring to hold. Cut your loops neatly at the end.

macrame hangers 3. Start about a third of the way from the top, and start knotting pairs of cord together.

macrame plant hanger knots 4. Once you have tied eight knots, start a second row. You are knotting one thread from a pair with one thread from another pair, to make a zigzag.

macrame plant hangers 5. Work around, until you have another row of eight knots. Join the last pair, so you have a complete circle.

6. Start another row in the same fashion. You can do as many rows as you like. The taller the vessel you want the hanger to hold, the more rows you will need.

7. Knot all the threads together, leaving a tail.

One trick for finer cord, and skinnier vessels is to do the rows of knots quite close together. This will be particularly effective if you are using a vibrant coloured cord. You can also increase the number of lengths you use.

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