I have been working on a special project
for my niece's (baby K) first birthday.
I decided to make her a fabric book.
Hers is beautiful, she has a great sew-along tutorial.
I of course changed it a little, hers was made for an older girl.
For the cover, I used a pattern for an embroidery design by French Knots
and made it into an applique that I machine stitched.
I hand embroidered the face details,
and I used my embroidery machine to stitch my niece's name.
It gives the cover a little retro look.
The first page is totally based on the tutorial,
I made a lady bug with black felt,
red pattern fabric and a 4inch zipper.
I did not make any little bugs, I was too afraid she would eat them,
at one, everything goes in the mouth!
The next page was a lot of fun to design: water based!
If I remember babies properly, they like to touch and feel different textures,
so I used interesting fabrics for appearance and feel.
I made my own pattern for the mermaid
and appliqued her by machine.
The water is some Halloween lame fabric, very shiny!
I cut out some happy and smiley sea creatures that were also machine appliqued,
a lot of zigzagged edges in this book!
Next page is a fish bowl,
well octopus bowl!
I used another fish fabric for the background of the bowl,
and applique over it some tulle.
I first bind the tulle with some blue cotton to made it sturdier,
little hands can be really rough!
With my embroidery machine, I made a little octopus on some white linen,
put some batting inside as to make a little pillow,
it is interactive but there are no danger of swallowing!
Next time I will share the rest of the book,
I hope she likes it!
Here is the second part of the book.