peek a boo board tutorial

i found this great idea in an old preschool activity book my mom bought at a library sale and did my own version of a peek a boo board.

basically, a board with some flaps to lift up and see pictures underneath, which you can change to keep it interesting for your child.

fun stuff! let’s get going! (rah rah!)
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you’ll need:

8-4.5 inch squares of fabric, 2 each of 4 different patterns

1 priority mailing box…or any large piece of cardboard or thin wood

piece of quilt batting

1 ziploc bag, gallon size

hot glue gun

fabric interfacing

1 large piece of sturdy material to fit over cardboard (i used a piece of white denim found in the remnant bin)

pinking shears

rotary cutter cut your pieces of fabric and interfacing out (4.5 inches square), apply interfacing on the wrong side of the fabric, using instructions on the package.
pin fabric with right sides out, sew around the edges about 1/4 inch, or less.
trim carefully around the edges with pinking shears.
cut your large piece of fabric about 1 inch around your box. (ignore the fact that mine are not cut yet) i taped the two large side together so it’d be extra sturdy.
flip it over so you can position your fabulous fabric flaps.
place them where you’d like them to be. (of course, you can make these whatever size you like, a bigger board would be awesome!)
i put dots with my fading ink pen to mark where the corners of the flaps went.

now, cut out 4 pieces from your ziploc bag. this is tricky cause they’re so slippery, but it’s doable! cut these pieces out to be about 4 1/8 inch by 3 1/8 inch. you just want there to be enough room to sew around the edges and still be hidden under the flap. then, using double stick tape, position the plastic pieces where you want your flaps to be…again, a bit tricky, but deep breaths. you’ll be ok.

make sure to put the double stick tape on the edge of the plastic that will be open, so you can pull it off after sewing.

then sew around three of the four edges, as close to the edge as you can. just take it slow. back stitch for a few stitches at the beginning and end.

this is what it should look like!
next, place your fantastic fabric flaps over the plastic sleeves. i just realized i changed the layout from the a previous picture. darn, i kinda liked the other way better. oh well!
sew along the top, then down the side about 1/2 inch, and back over to create a shallow rectangle with your stitches.

lay batting over the cardboard. i trimmed it down so it didn’t hang over the edge.
then, position your front the way you like it, and flip it over carefully. glue the corners in first, and then your the edges. (didn’t get a picture of glueing. sorry, i was too busy trying not to burn myself for once) i am planning on putting a piece of flannel on the other side for a flannel board! (and to cover up the ugly stuff.)

and tada! there you have it. a cute peek a boo board!

now, just fill the plastic sleeves with cute pictures! it should fit about a 3×4 piece of paper or picture…i had to trim on a few of them. hey, it’s handmade-there’s bound to be some variance.

peek a boo! the best part is, i made this all with stuff i had around the house, and it probably cost less than $2 for the whole project. love that!

sadie loves it too! you can’t tell but she’s smiling and telling me how awesome her new toy is and how cool it is that i made it for $2. really, she is.

this project was featured on craft gossip!

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  1. Cute idea!

  2. Aww that is very cute! I haven’t got any kids (or grandkids of course) but I’m going to make some of these for our Bushfire Victim children. It will help to cheer someone up, I’m sure.

  3. That is super cute! I just clicked over from Craft Gossip. Great job!

  4. I’m sure my toddlers would love it! I’ll link from Dollar Store Crafts sometime in the next few weeks.

  5. Love this idea for a “busy book” I’m making for my niece. I have a question though…do you have to use a special needle or presser foot to sew the plastic? By the way, love your blog!

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