Since books and the Christmas gift program seem to be the items we have discussed this week I thought I would share what I found on one of my favorite blog sites MADE.
On reviewing the site, I came across another site with lots of patterns (free and to buy) which one could use in a book /craft project.
I am sure you all have a favorite book that you read as a child or one that you read to your kids or grandkids that could be combined with a craft project. In the Reading Is Cool blog I mentioned ideas that can bring a book to life for a child. The item you make does not have to be sewn – paper crafts, knitted , crocheted projects etc would all work. Off the top of my head I came up with a few simple ideas that would make nice gifts accompanied by a book. They are:
1) A quilt with characters from the book and add a pocket to the quilt for that special book. Many quilt stores have novelty prints that would complement a story.
2) An item of clothing such as a pair of pants/shirt made out of characters/objects in a book such as the car, truck, train book using car/ truck train material .
3) A stuffed animal(s) in the story such as Peter Rabbit, Winnie the Pooh, Corduroy, etc. or add a pocket to a pair of pants or dress and tuck in the animal
4) Hand puppets to act out the story.
5) A memory game with characters or items in the book to match up, or numbers, shapes, letters.
6) A piece of clothing that cold be appliqued, painted, stenciled, embroidered, dyed with a character in the book
7) Make a bag, fill it with art supplies and add a book on “How To Draw”
Get your creative wheels turning and design away. Any book is fine but consider a Native American tale as a possibility. Share your ideas as well as ideas you might come across on other blog sites.