Flannel Friday: Storage Pocket!

I use my travel felt board all the time in my outreach storytimes but it’s a real pain to keep track of all the pieces. I keep them in baggies or pockets in my purse, but things still get lost- few things are more disappointing than telling the group it’s time to play Little Mouse and then not being able to locate Little Mouse (at this point, a little voice piped up, “I have a piece of yarn!” He did and it actually worked fine). I want everything all in one place and so I made myself a pocket!

IMG_4356
This shade of dingy blue-grey is so unappealing in person, which is why it gets to live on the back of the board.

I definitely forgot to take progress pictures, so I recreated the steps with a post-it.

All you need is felt and glue. Start by measuring and cutting two symmetrical squares from the bottom corners.

Your glue will go along the flaps you just made, so make sure they’re big enough to glue down without gluing your fingers together. About a half-inch is sufficient.

IMG_4363

Starting with the bottom, glue along the bottom lip. The glue goes on the top side of the fabric. Fold the lip underneath itself, then repeat the process on the sides. You might want to pin your sides straight while you glue, but be careful not to glue the pins to the felt!

IMG_4362

At this point you should have a pocket that looks like this! You can leave it like this or glue along the sides to make a more secure pocket.

IMG_4353 (1)

And that’s it! This probably took about ten minutes from start to finish and hopefully I’ll never lose another Little Mouse again!

Advertisements

Flannel Friday: Fall Is Not Easy!

FullSizeRender (1)
Falling off the sides of my travelling felt board because I’m perpetually too lazy to get up and take into the storytime room with the full size flannel board.

I’m pretty sure everyone and a half has done a flannel version of “Fall Is Not Easy,” but for good reason. It’s awesome. It’s a book you can pull out at any storytime and know it will absolutely be a hit because kids are on board with anything silly, no matter the time of year.

I didn’t flannelize every page (all the ones I did are pictured) because my artistic talent is limited (REALLY limited). I love the book so much that I plan to use the flannel story in conjunction with the book, as a way of retelling and, post-storytime, letting the kids play with the pieces themselves. This book is so popular and we only have two copies in the system though, so the flannel version is also a great stand-in for when I pick my books late (what, you mean no one else picks their books the day before storytime?) and it’s checked out.