I have completed 1/3 of a goal! I sewed something for Amelia. I thought before I tried something complicated like a dress; let me first see if I can even stitch straight – I can’t.
So I had the idea to sew her a fabric book with different textures, colours and even activities. I’ve been looking for something similar in the shops but could never find anything even remotely similar. Off to the fabric shop we went. Amelia chose a few of the ribbons and buttons🙂
As mentioned, I knew roughly what I wanted to be in the book, now I needed a sturdy fabric that will handle baby wear and tear. Wanted to use felt, but couldn’t find any in our 2 fabric stockists (small town you know). I decided on slightly stretch denim. It is soft enough to fold, but tough so as not to tear.
I don’t have an over locker, so all the edges were zigzagged. I used contrasting thread so that the stitches are visible and adds to the texture. I also didn’t make special backing for each of the pages, so the stitches are visible on the back of all the pages – on some of them it forms a unique picture on it’s own… or just looks funny as with the corduroy triangles.
Here are a few pics of the different pages.
Cover of the book. Using the ZIGZAG stitch with the stitch length at around 1, you achieve an almost satin embroidery like stitch. Then I hand-stitched a border around the zigzag pattern. The ‘a’ is for Amelia.
The zipper page. Used yellow checked fabric, contrasting green zipper and thread. Behind the yellow fabric is a red sequined hart. I struggled a bit with the zip, hence the wonky lines😉
I simply love embroidery anglais! So I had to incorporate it in this project. The heart is sewed on using chain stitch in yellow. (Yes, I can do candlewick work too, albeit very curvy)
Example of what a bad idea looks like, lol. Started off with corduroy triangles, but the sewing of the heart on the other side came out funny.
Threading laces and tying a bow page. Again used the yellow checked fabric. Punched holes and decorated with gold ringlets. Some old laces tie the two sides together; covering a red sequined square.
I found some sequined ribbon left over from when I made scatter cushions for the lounge; paired with green tassels and the pink sequin-organza ribbon, this makes for a stimulating page. (All it needs now is a scratch-and-sniff)
Just a plain shape: Circle in eye-watering green. Used blanket stitch in pink thread to sew together.
This is actually the back of the green circle page. See the pink stitches showing? Found this gorgeous piece at ‘Naald-in-‘n-Hooimied’, and the lady sold it to me in a 20cm strip even though the minimum is 25cm’ which would have gone right through a repeat pattern.
Amelia’s favourite, The button page. In the shop she immediately made a grab for the central turquoise bling gem. I hunted around for the rest and used contrasting thread to sew onto the fabric.
The back of the button page, and also the back cover of the book, has little bells. Nothing like a noisemaker to amuse a peuter!
Amelia playing with her book. So many buttons!