Seriously... I was just sane enough to finish TWO quiet books, but here I am, doing it again! But how could I resist?! Halloween is all about the kids! Little Man knows nothing about Halloween, and this will be the first year he really understands and remembers it somewhat. So I wanted to make a little peek-a-BOO to show him what Halloween is all about. Little Man loves playing peek-a-boo and loves reading peek-a-boo books. What better time to bust out the BOO's than on Halloween?!
First of all, I cut the fabric for my 6 peek-a-boo flaps. I bought the cheapest Halloween fabric I could find, and cut out squares that are about 3.5 inches by 4 inches. I planned 6 simple pages--nothing fancy--but I liked the idea of being able to add to this if I wanted to later on.
It's hard to see in this picture, but I decided I wanted the peek-a-boo flaps to have a bit of crunchy sound! I cut out a square of plastic gift wrap and pinned it all together! I pinned right sides together, with the plastic square underneath. I sewed almost all the way around, flipped it inside out, punched out the corners, and then top-stitched around the entire flap. I did this 6 times for each peek-a-boo flap.
Now for the fun part! I cut out some cute Halloween images using my handy-dandy cricut. I discovered this incredible site for Halloween clip art. Because the images are already silhouettes, they were easy to cut out on the cricut using my Sure Cuts A Lot software! Score! Because cutting fabric on the cricut requires using a layer of Heat-N-Bond, the cut images ironed right on to the center of my pages!
I used white squares of muslin left over from the quiet book as the pages. They were 6 inches by 6 inches. Next, I sewed the peek-a-boo flaps so they would cover the images. I zigzagged the flaps so they would endure all of the turning over and over! I sewed some flaps on the right, some on the left, some on the top, and some on the bottom! I like to switch things up!
I made a front and back cover out of more fabric left over from... yes, the quiet book! I also cut the title out of fabric using the cricut. My Mama taught me that Heat-N-Bond isn't quite enough over the long run, so I sewed over all of the fabric ironed on!
Now it's time to sew the pages together! Just like the quiet book, I wanted some stiffness to the pages. So I sewed a layer of interfacing in between pages. I sewed 2 pages together, right to right together, with interfacing underneath. Flip it inside out (this is a little tricky because the pages are so stiff!) and top-stitch all the way around.
Voila! Now I inserted the eyelets and bound it all together with a book ring! Of course the book ring looked awfully bare without some ribbon to brighten it up!
Try not to too scared! Peek-a-BOO! Here's a sweet little ghost...
And a jack-o-latern...
Frankenstein is awfully cute, I think!
One of my personal favorites: The witch on her broomstick!
And her friend, the black cat...
And what would Halloween be without bats?!
Little Man LOVES this book! It's simple, it's sweet, and he loves lifting the flaps! It keeps him busy in his crib just after he wakes up from his nap while I put away all of my craft supplies! I think this took me about 4 hours start to finish, and I only had to purchase the orange fabric for a dollar or two. Keep in mind, I'm a slow poke, and if you only knew how many oopseys I make along the way!
Have a BOO-tiful day!!