Feb 22

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. :)

Download the template in PDF format here.

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!!!

86 Responses to “‘Celebrate The Boy!’ Tutorial: Soft Baby Book”

  1. Rae Says:

    Kristena, that is SO cute! I *heart* the little sippy cup. You are fantastic! I’ve never used Heat’nBond before, can’t wait to give it a try!

  2. AngieK Says:

    This is SO cute- you did a great job!

  3. Becca Says:

    That is ADORABLE! I definitely want to try that for my little princess–altered of course :-D

  4. ashlee Says:

    this is so cute!! and easy…i will totally give this a go!

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    […] Kristena from Thimbly Things participates in the Celebrate the Boy fun with a tutorial and set of templates showing how to make a soft baby book.  The base of the book is made from soft denim from an old pair of jeans, and each page features a boy-themed applique.  So cute, and SO boy!  Get the tutorial and templates. […]

  6. Anne Says:

    This is so awesome!!

  7. Bobbie Says:

    this is such a great idea. I have been trying to find a different medium that I would not have to purchase in order to make my girls quiet books for church. I think you hit the nail on the head so to speak I love this idea!

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  8. Kara Says:

    I love the simplicity of this book, my boy loves cloth books, I love that I can personalize this one. I will be making one indeed! Thank you for sharing!

  9. dana Says:

    kristena,
    this is adorable. a great addition to the month. thank you for sharing with us!

  10. Beth D Says:

    My best friend just had a boy and I can’t wait to make this for him! I have lots of jean material and have been looking for something to do with it; tired of making purses out of old jeans. Best idea!!

  11. emily Says:

    Cute idea! My son is starting to really get into these books. Thanks for the tutorial.

  12. Laura Says:

    Fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing your tutorial!

    Laura @ 6lalas.blogspot.com

  13. Kati Says:

    This is such a cute idea! I plan to try this sometime soon. Thanks for posting this.

  14. Anna Says:

    wayy too cute kristena! Love the jeans part of it too. I’ll have to make one of these for my upcoming niece/nephew for sure.

  15. naomi Says:

    Wow, I love everything about this book! The denim, the pictures and the ‘J’. Prefect for my little Jude, might have to make one!

  16. Kristi Says:

    Awesome, Kristena! Love the doggie… I’ll have to make my boys some of these!

  17. Daniel Montoya Says:

    Awesome tutorial!

    Much success , Daniel

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  19. Breanne Says:

    Thank you so much! This is TOO cute!

  20. Betsy Tucker Says:

    I love the simplicity of your book. The quiet books I see are usually so much more complicated-looking. Less is definitely more here. I love it.

  21. Erin Says:

    I have a TON of old jeans one of my larger guy friends gave me that I was thinking about making a picnic quilt out of but this is even cuter!

  22. Chrissy Says:

    Great tutorial, Kristena. Wonderful little book for your little guy (who is getting quite big, actually!)

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  25. luvinthemommyhood Says:

    I cannot wait to make one of these for the new little bean…so adorable! Thanks for the tute! I added this to our “link luv roundup” today! http://www.luvinthemommyhood.com/2010/02/link-luv-roundup_24.html Come by for a peek!

  26. Anna Says:

    That is too cute! I am definitely going to have to make one of those for my goddaughter.

  27. Florence Says:

    Gosh, I so love the pictures that you’ve created - they’re wonderful (most especially the dog, but they’re all lovely). x

  28. julie k Says:

    Your appliqués are so perfect. Nice work!

  29. Lenetta @ Nettacow Says:

    So cute! I made one for my daughter almost a year ago and I couldn’t believe how much I learned between the first stitch and the last. :>) (I was a very novice stitcher… I consider myself moved up to a beginner now!) I linked to this on my weekly roundup, the post is under my name.

  30. Amanda Says:

    Love this book! Such an inspiration that I made my own for my little girl: http://themarvelles.blogspot.com/2010/03/making.html

  31. Kylie Says:

    Oh my goodness, I HAVE to make this! So cute, and it could really be used for a boy or girl! Thanks so much for posting!

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  34. Nicole in VT Says:

    Thanks for this!! I have three friends, due with boys, in the next two months and will be making each of them one of these!

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  38. Judy Says:

    So cute! I added this to my “must make” list when you first posted it and finally got around to it. I had so much fun making my own soft baby book! Thank you for sharing and inspiring!

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  43. Nancy Says:

    Lovely tutorial - inspired me to make a soft-book for my niece!! - take a look at my pictures!: http://luvly-madewithlove.blogspot.com/

    Thank you!

  44. Kristy - Hopeful Threads Says:

    Super sweet and you make it look so simple I want to give it a try! :)

  45. Heidi K Says:

    Love this! I’m in the middle of making one right now. I was able to use some old jeans and scrap fabrics I already had.

  46. Shantel Says:

    I love how simple and cute this is!
    I am featuring it on my blog today!
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  48. Jamison Says:

    Kristena,

    This is what I want you to make! My friend is having a boy in early December and his name is Knox. How much would you charge for a book like this? You wouldn’t have to finish before he is born because I know this may be short notice. Whatbdo you think?

    Jamison

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