Yesterday and today I made cloth books for my 3 year old grand kids. In these books they will have the opportunity to "write their own stories" about the pictures on the covers. Someone on a blog used recycled paper/grocery bags for some art work, which led me to cut up grocery bags of my own and make them the stabilizer pages, as well as the pages on which the stories will be written. (apologies for not remembering right now who, but thanks for the push in this direction)... I made six little books in all using some wonderful fabric I got *yes you guessed it* at a garage sale this past summer. Wasn't sure what I'd do with it at the time...thought it might make a nice nine patch pizazz quilt with the big pictures, but for now it's books.
I cut out the pictures I wanted to use, then added a layer of paper and a layer of fleece and sandwiched them together. Then I took one more "grocery bag paper" page, and backed it in fleece. Then after sewing them together I sewed lines for writing on. Of course I will do the writing after the kids hopefully tell me what is happening in their stories.
I have no idea if they will be ready to do this or if it's a project for when they are a little older. But the books can be put away for later if need be. We will give it a try this coming Saturday when next I get to "babysit"! After the "writing lined pages are done, I sewed them to the cover (layered pages) and Wha-la! A book is born!