For Rae and Dana’s Celebrate the Boy Month, I made a soft book for Jacob. He loves so many simple things that I thought I’d just compile them into one toy. Using old jeans, Heat ‘n’ Bond, and a variety of fabric scraps, I appliqued pictures and constructed a little book for him. Which he seems to love.
Wanna see how?
Tutorial after the jump. :)
Print the template, use your own designs, or find other designs that your little guy will love. Gather all your supplies: discarded jeans, scraps of fabric, thin cotton batting (2 rectangles about 12″ x 7″), white or coordinating thread, denim needle, and basic sewing supplies.
First, cut four rectangles (11″ x 6″) from your old jeans.
Now, transfer the designs, BACKWARDS, onto the papery side of the Heat ‘n’ Bond. Carbon paper is probably your best bet.
Cut out the shapes, place (glue side down) onto the backside of desired scrap fabric, and press for about 10 seconds. You’ll want to use a pressing cloth of some kind to protect your iron from the Heat ‘n’ Bond glue.
Now, cut around the shape, peel the backing off of it, and place it on one side of your page spread. Try to center it, taking into account that there will be 1/2″ seam allowances all around the page spread.
Apply each design using this same method. Now you’re ready to stitch around the edges of the pictures. Using the straight stitch (or the zig-zag) on your machine, stitch approximately 1/8″ from the edge of each appliqued piece.
Now, cut a piece of thin quilt batting just a bit larger than your page rectangles. Place the batting behind one page, and then place the other page (right sides together) on top of the first.
Pin around the edges, and then stitch around the edges with a 1/2″ seam allowance. (I use the edge of my presser foot as a guide.) Leave about a 4″ opening for turning along the bottom of the page spread.
Trim the corners, being careful not to snip through your stitches. I also trimmed one layer of the page spread to minimize bulk. Now turn right side out, using your scissors to push out the corners a little. Press flat with an iron.
Now stitch all around about 1/8″ - 1/4″ in. You’ve made half your book!
Onto the other half… The sippy cup design requires careful placement. After you determine where you want it, attach one piece at a time, layering the milk section onto the cup.
Then stitch around each part like you did previously.
You can arrange the blocks in any way you like. :)
And the puppy gets a little face with teensy zig-zag stitches for his eye and nose. I turned the stitch length and height down to almost nothing. You might want to test this out on a scrap of fabric before you dive in.
Now that all your appliques are on and your page spreads are sewn together, it’s time to assemble your book. Lie one page spread on top of the other, and find the center of the book. Now, using a grid ruler and a disappearing ink pen, draw a straight line down the middle. Stitch down that line. You may need a heavy-duty needle for this task, although I managed with my universal needle. Use a longer stitch length (such as 3.5), and be certain to backstitch at the beginning and end.
Congratulations! You’ve made a sweet little book of little things that little boys like. Well, mine does anyway. :)
Happy sewing! And hurray for boys!!!