Lucy Owl thought: my friends the animals should have a better library. I can help them! I will make them some books.
Here is how she did it.
For the book covers, she cut two cardboard rectangles, each one 1 3/4" wide and 2" tall.
Then she decorated the book covers by covering them with fabric. She cut some fabric so it stuck out about 1/2" bigger than the cardboard in every direction.
And she covered the fabric really well with glue. She says she used wood glue from her quaint glue bottle, but you could use regular Elmer's glue. (At Craft Society, we used glue sticks and they worked too.)
She stuck the cardboard in the middle of the sticky fabric, and folded all four corners in.
Then she folded the sides of the fabric on top of that. She used even more glue to make sure the edges were stuck down well.
Then, Lucy put fabric on the other book cover in the same way. Here she is with both covers. "I wish the corners were pointier," she says, "But done is better than perfect." True.
To make the pages for the book, Lucy cut pieces of paper so they were 3 1/2" long and 2" tall. She cut 5 pieces of paper. She says, "However many sheets you want in your book, make half that many pieces of paper. I wanted 10 sheets in this book, so I cut 5 pieces of paper. See? Logical!"
Then she stacked the pieces of paper together and folded them in half, like this.
She used a needle to poke 5 holes through the fold.
Then she sewed red thread back and forth through the holes, and tied a beautiful bow. Here is the guide we used to get the stitching so neat. But really any arrangement of stitches will work. You could even staple through the fold!
Lucas Rabbit is just a baby, so a real needle is too scary for him. His friends helped him make a book by punching three holes through the folded pages, like this.
Then he could sew through the holes with a plastic needle.
Anyway, After Lucy finished the covers and the pages, it was time to glue them together. She used a lot of glue, and put one cover on the back of the book and one cover on the front.
Then she put a bunch of rocks on top of the book, so it would be squashed nice and flat.
After the glue had time to dry, the book was finished! Lucy decorated the cover to make a reference book of nuts and berries.
She gave it to her friend Annicke Mouse, who knows all about nuts and berries.
Annicke loves it! She got right to work, so the animals could have a good book for their library.
She's doing such a nice job!
Here are some other books made by friends of the Village. As you can see, there are many ways to decorate the covers.
With fabric, markers...
Or even leather!
The animal and human friends really got into this. Thanks for showing us the way, Lucy!