Storybook Nursery - Project Instructions

Make these cute projects for your baby's nursery.

Jack's beanstalk stands in for a family tree of portraits. Cut the beanstalk from kraft paper and attach to the wall with double-sided tape. Attach photos of family members.

Click the link below for patterns you can use to create the tree and its animal inhabitants.

Beanstalk & Animal Patterns (PDF document)

Send Jack and Jill up the hill with a bold new bib. Back small pieces of washable fabric with terry cloth. To fasten the back, add Velcro tabs. A front pocket adds punch and holds a napkin and spoon.

Use the materials list and instructions below to create your own version of this project.

Bib Pattern (PDF document)


  • Bib and pocket template
  • 1/2 yd. patterned cotton fabric
  • 1/2 yd. backing fabric (such as terry cloth or waffle weave fabric)
  • 8x7-in. scrap of complementary fabric for pocket
  • 1 package single fold bias tape in complementary color
  • kraft paper for template
  • pencil
  • straight pins
  • fabric scissors
  • 1/2-in. wide fusible tape
  • quick setting fabric glue, such as Fabri-TacTM
  • self-adhesive Velcro dots
  • iron and ironing board


  1. Prewash and dry fabrics, then iron to remove wrinkles. Enlarge the bib and pocket template and trace onto kraft paper; cut out. With wrong sides of bib backing and patterned fabric facing each other, pin the bib template to the two layers of fabric with straight pins. Cut out along the template edges. Glue the edges of the two bib pieces together with Fabri-TacTM, making sure fabric is smooth and evenly lined up.
  2. Pin the pocket template to the complementary fabric and cut approximately 1/4-in. around the edges of the template. With the template still pinned in place, cut small notches in the fabric around the curved edges, to the template edge. Remove the template, fold over all edges 1/4-in. and iron flat. Glue the ironed edge down with more Fabri-TacTM, then glue the pocket to the front of the bib, lining up the bottom edges and gluing only the bottom and sides of the pocket to the bib front.
  3. Press fusible tape in place on the wrong side of the bias tape (where the folded edges meet). Fold the bias tape, with the fusible tape in place, over the edges of the bib and iron to adhere (follow manufacturer's instructions for time and temperature). Work with a small section at a time, adjusting fusible tape and bias tape as necessary.
  4. Finish by adhering self-adhesive Velcro dots to the ends of the bib. For extra durability, use a little Fabri-TacTM to secure them to the fabric.


Steam-A-Seam2® Double Stick Fusible Tape,; Fabri-TacTM available at most craft stores, also some sewing and trim stores

Old MacDonald's Farm takes center stage with handcrafted finger puppets. Use a glue gun to fashion felt cylinders, then glue cutouts for heads, eyes, beak, and other details. Display a barnyard full of characters on wooden dowels.

Use the materials list and instructions below to create your own version of this project.


  • Glove
  • felt scraps in various colors
  • animal templates
  • Fabri-TacTM fabric glue
  • fabric scissors
  • clothespins (optional)


  1. Cut a 3 1/2-inch square for each puppet body, then cut a separate head. Glue the bottom edge of the head to the puppet body. Cut out facial and other details freehand or by using templates and layer over the puppet base using fabric glue.
  2. Once the glue is dry, apply more fabric glue to the back of the puppet bodies and glue each one to the finger on the glove, wrapping the felt around the glove finger in a cylinder. Hold with your fingers for a few minutes until set or hold closed with a clothespin for a few minutes.


Fabri-TacTM available at most craft stores, also some sewing and trim stores, online at; assorted wool felt from Magic Cabin Dolls,

Sew familiar characters from ageless children's stories. Use terry cloth or chenille for your cuddly companions and stuff with ultra-soft fiberfill.

Duck Pattern (PDF document)

Elephant Pattern (PDF document)


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