I'll be using this for letter recognition for now, then as she gets older she can use it for finding the alphabet, and when she is even older for finding words in the letters. I put a little wrist strap on this one made of fold-over elastic (foe). She carted it into the car with her this morning to take to school, so I consider that to be a success. Nothing is supposed to go to school, but she wanted to keep it with her just for in the car.
I had stitched up a tiny bit of quilting 3x4 when I was like 16 for Girl Scouts. I've held on to it in my little sewing basket for all these years. This weekend I stitched it to a back and stuffed it to make a little pillow. Then I stitched up a little sleeping bag with a sweet little ruffle for her dolly. She was already in bed at this point so I put it on her chair for her to discover in the morning.