I have finished the alphabet page for the quiet book I am making for my kids. This one was fun and not too time consuming. I had seen an idea for making an alphabet page that has pockets for an item that starts with each letter of the alphabet. I also saw an idea of someone making a photo book for their kid, using pictures of their things/them for each letter of the alphabet. So I combined these two ideas to make this page.
I took pictures of the kids and their toys/objects around the house and then arranged them by letter. I made the pictures 2 inches by 2 inches and rounded the edges so they wouldn’t be sharp and pointy once laminated. For letters that I had 2 or more pictures, I stuck two pictures together back to back so it would be double-sided. I then laminated all pictures and now they should be virtually indestructible.
To make the page, I simply chose seven different colours of felt to make the pockets. I cut each color into 2 inch by 10 inch strips. I centered the colours widthwise, leaving an inch on each side. I left 1/4 inch of space in between the top and bottom of each strip of felt.
I then pinned each strip and sewed on 3 sides using a zig-zag stitch. Then I divided each strip into 2 1/2 inch sections (using a disappearing ink marker) to make up each of the pockets. I then straight stitched down each of these lines. And voila, now there are pockets for each of the pictures.
I had purchased some felt letter stickers from a local craft store, so I simply stuck them onto each of the pockets.
Since there we two extra pockets, I made those into storage pockets for travel so none of the pictures get lost. The flaps I made have velcro dots on them that stick to the felt on the pocket so that way they will stick no matter how full or empty the pockets are.
I am not sure if I will permanently leave the pictures loose, but I like them loose for a couple reasons: I can change the pictures over time and I can get the kids to sort the pictures into the appropriate pockets.
Here are some pictures of the page: