I'm so excited to share this DIY with you today! I had a lot of fun making it and the most important thing is that Hazel absolutely loves playing with it and 'reading' it.
At first I thought this was a super ambitious project for a Sunday night, I had a few naysayers ((read- husband)) but I was determined and slammed this baby out by 12:30 am... Not too shabby, right guys?
You can totally make this! I promise. All you need are some basic sewing skills and a few supplies!
So let's do it!
5 or 6 different fabrics of your choice ((of course to make it easy
you could always use the same fabric throughout)) I used 5
Heat and Bond Fusible batting ((I got this at Walmart, it was quite thin))
Fabric printer sheets 'cotton' (( I got this at Michaels. It's kinda pricy so bring a coupon!))
Printer & Computer
Other notions to decorate as you wish
Alright friends, are you ready?
First things first. Make a paper mock up of your book. Write out what fabric you'll use and what pictures will go where. This is SUPER helpful! Even though I had a mock up I still made an error and poor 'Dada' got out at the back of the book.... Whoops sorry babe. So keep that mock up close. Remember that the pages you are working on, except the centre page, won't be beside each other when the book is complete.
Now print out all of your pictures and text. Make sure you do a test to see which way your printer prints. Make a mark on the top page of a pain sheet of paper, send the through the printer and you'll know which way your printer feeds.
The fabric sheets have a paper back which you will peel off before sewing.
Next, Cut out 6 pieces of fabric 15 inches long by 8 inches wide.
Position your picture of choice for your cover page on the right side of your cover fabric
Pin!!! Don't skimp of the pinning!! I HATE pinning but I'm tellin ya... This is a project that you have to pin! I skimped on pinning a couple of times and I paid for it ((at least my final finished product perfectionism paid for it))
Now sew! I did a wide zig zag stitch on all photos and just a straight stitch on the name tags.
Sew all of the pictures and text where you want them and add embellishments as you like! I had some lace and ribbon and ric rac that I added. I didn't spend too much time on this, but would do more if I did this project again and had more on hand. ((Some buttons would be super cute... But maybe that's getting into quiet book territory))
Ok now let's make Page One ((which includes the front a back cover, inside front and inside back))
Next get out your Heat and Bond fusible batting. This stuff rocks my world. I used to be afraid to use batting but this stuff makes projects soo easy peasy. ((Not a sponsored endorsement I actually just love it))
Cut the batting to size and iron it on the 'wrong' side of the front and back cover page
((follow your mock book template!!))
Next take your inside page and lay it, right sides facing, on top of the front cover page ((not facing the batting))
It will look like this
Pin everything together and sew around the outer edge leaving a hole on one side to turn your work.
I rounded my corners because I thought that would look cute!
After you've sewn it, it's good to cut around the page with pinking shears which will reduce the 'bulk' of your page when you turn it.
Now turn it inside out. And push out the corners ((closed sicssors work well if your hand doesn't fit))
Finish the page by sewing a top stitch ((fancy way for saying sewing it all together from the top)) all the way around your page, you should also tuck in and iron ((If you like)) the hole you left to turn it inside out. When you do the top stitch this will close the hole.
Repeat these steps to complete your second and third pages.
It's time to bind your book!
Lay the pages down as if your were opening a book to the middle. First, second then the Third page on top.
Then simply stitch two straight lines down the centre of the pages about a half and inch apart.
Voila! Your book is complete!
Here is my book from start to finish.
Hazel absolutely loves looking at the pictures and she was kissing the book ((mostly pictures of herself haha)) and waving at the pictures of Grandma and Grandpa. Pretty sweet.
So what do you think??
Please please let me know if you make one of these! I would absolutely love to see it! :)
I'll try to answer any questions or comments below!