At age 1, this was the first book our daughter absolutely loved and needed to read over and over and over again. Correction, needed “US” to read over and over and over again. I can still pretty much recite the entire book in my head.
I wanted to make the story more interactive for her and so, I decided to make the letters 3D.
I picked a font that was fairly similar to the letters in the book, and printed out templates on plain pieces of white paper. Using those as stencils, I traced two copies of each letter onto colored felt (I LOVE felt!) with black marker and cut them out. I read that a chalk pencil works best to trace on felt, but didn’t have one. A black sharpie it was! And honestly, it worked fine.With a needle and some embroidery thread, I did a quick, simple stitch around the letters anywhere from 1/8″ to 1/4″ apart. I didn’t have thread to match all of the colors but used similar tones. A chopstick did the trick to push the stuffing down in long and narrow portions.
I have to admit, they came out pretty awesome and I learned from this process that felt is pretty forgiving. Even though my cuts were not straight or my stitches were uneven, you couldn’t even tell. Needless to say, our daughter loves them. For those of you familiar with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, this is her favorite part of the book. Now, it is ten times better because she can throw all the letters in the air and yell, “Oh no!”