Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Thankful Book

Sometimes we have to tell our children exactly what they are thankful for!
And, really, this is part of the learning isn’t it?

Soft Book 27

It’s soft. It has a fun sound. It’s personalized. It’s educational. And it’s pretty.
WOW—it doesn’t get better than all of this, does it?
Soft Book 29

Now let’s get to making one for yourself!

Soft Book 31 copy

Materials:
Iron-on fabric sheets for the printer (don’t get the sew-in; trust me!)
Scrap of double-sided fusible webbing (Heat ‘N Bond)
scrap of orange felt
scrap of red felt
fabric for pages – about 1/2 yard
fabric for feathers - small amount
pictures and text for pages
Pattern – HERE
one small button for eye
“crinkle-y” plastic bag

Instructions:
Download and print 2 copies of pattern. Cut out the “parts” on one of the pattern pages. Save the other pattern to use for placement when putting book together.


Use the pattern to cut 10 turkey pages. Five should be cut face up and 5 cut face down.
Soft Book 2

Cut out beak and wattle from the felt scraps.
Soft Book 12

Adhere fusible web to the back according to the manufacturer’s directions.
Soft Book 11

Iron to the front cover turkey page using the pattern as a guide for placement. Stitch around each piece to hold securely. I used a straight stitch since this was so tiny.
Soft Book 13

Sew on button for the eye. Be sure to knot it securely at the back.
Soft Book 14

Make pictures and text for pages. Print on iron-on fabric for printers.
Soft Book 1

Using the circle from the pattern, trace a circle around the pictures/text and cut out.
          Soft Book 9                         Soft Book 10

Iron each picture with text to the right side of each turkey page using pattern as a guide for placement.
Soft Book 15

Applique each circle to the turkey pages using a zigzag or satin stitch. I laid my pages in order and then turned them just like a book so I didn’t get mixed up. Soft Book 19

Use the pattern to cut 10 feathers. Five should be cut face up and 5 cut face down.
Fold the plastic bag so you can cut 20 feathers (5 sets of 4 layers) from the plastic bag.
Soft Book 3

With right sides together, stack one set of plastic bag feathers on top of 2 fabric feathers. Pin together to hold in place. Sew around the feather with a 1/4 inch seam leaving the bottom edge open for turning. Repeat for remaining feathers.
Soft Book 6

Clip the curves then trim the seam allowance to 1/8 inch.
(The clipping is hard to see after it is trimmed, but it is there.)
Soft Book 7               Soft Book 8

Turn right side out and iron flat – do not iron the plastic if it is poking out at all.Soft Book 4

Make a pleat in the feather by bringing the left side to the right side forming a fold in the center of the feather. Sew in place close to the edge. Repeat for all feathers.
Soft Book 5

Put right sides together for cover and first page of book. Place the first feather between the layers pointing downward.

NOTE: I ended up taking out several feathers and re-sewing them because I didn’t like the angle. I suggest basting the feathers in place and then flipping the pages right side out to check it. That way, if you need to change it, it will be easier.
Soft Book 16

Sew around the page leaving the side open. Start at the bottom or the top and and sew around the feathers using a 1/4 inch seam.
Soft Book 17

Clip curves, then trim seam allowance to about 1/8 of an inch.
Soft Book 18

Turn right side out, gently push out the curves and press fabric flat.

To bind the book together, sew the page with the front cover to the page with the back cover using a 1/4 inch seam. The front cover and the back cover should be facing each other while you sew. The raw edges will be on the inside of your book when you have finished this step.
Soft Book 24

Stack the remaining pages in order and sew along the edge--which should be on the left side—using a 1/4 inch seam.
Soft Book 22

Open out the covers so the “book” is open and place the center section raw edges right next to the cover pages center section. Open the last page in the center section. You will now have 3 pages on the left side and 2 on the right. The raw edges should still be right next together. Sew the two pages on the right side together as close to the raw edges (you can feel them through the fabric, but you won’t be able to see them) as possible. It may help to sew using your zipper foot since this could be pretty thick.

My stitching line curved out a bit in the center, but it still worked just fine.
Soft Book 23

Turn one page from the left to the right side. There will now be 3 pages on the right and two on the left. Scoot the raw edges together again and repeat the previous step except on the left side. I actually flipped the book over and sewed from the back so that I could be certain I did not sew over the beak.
Soft Book 26

The raw edges should now be sandwiched inside all of the pages.
Soft Book 25

That’s it!
Now go enjoy a book with a little one!
Soft Book 30

Be sure to check back later this week—I will share a tutorial for this book in the
NO SEW version.

I'm linking to THESE parties this week.

21 comments:

Beth Adams,  said... November 16, 2010 at 11:06 PM  

What a cute idea! I hope one of the things in the book is to be thankful for such an awesome Mom for making such an awesome book!
http://wiccanmakesometoo.blogspot.com/

Two Shades of Pink,  said... November 17, 2010 at 8:03 AM  

Really, it is super cute. I don't think I would have the patience to make it but as usual, it is really cute. Did you do one for all your girls?

Carri,  said... November 17, 2010 at 4:22 PM  

This is so cute! Now if only I could sew ;)



http://carriscraftingcorner.blogspot.com

Van,  said... November 18, 2010 at 10:25 AM  

Very cute, the results look entirely professional. I love the texture of te fabrics used, too! :D

Sheri@childmade.com,  said... November 18, 2010 at 6:38 PM  

Very cute and great tute! Thanks for sharing! I've featured your link-up on this week's newsletter.

Amanda,  said... November 19, 2010 at 7:52 AM  

Happy Friday! I love this! I featured you today on my blog toptwentthings.blogspot.com I would love for you to stop by and grab a button!

Amanda

Michelle@Somedaycrafts,  said... November 19, 2010 at 10:19 AM  

What a great book for kids! I am highlighting this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More,  said... November 19, 2010 at 10:29 AM  

Just darling, but I'll wait for the no-sew version, lol. My sewing machine is in retirement mode.

Thanks for dropping by today!

Alison,  said... November 19, 2010 at 5:41 PM  

WOW! This is a darling idea!! I think this would be perfect for any toddler. And I totally agree--don't we have to teach them what to be thankful for?! Ha! Enjoy your weekend!

Stuff by Ash,  said... November 20, 2010 at 2:16 PM  

This is too cute for words! I love it! Thanks for sharing, found at Childmade link up.

Jaimee,  said... November 21, 2010 at 8:25 AM  

This is adorable! Great tutorial. I can see making so many different themed books this way! Love it : )

Courtney,  said... November 22, 2010 at 1:50 PM  

What a great idea! I'm definitely going to have to make one of these for my little guy. Thanks so much for linking up!

~Courtney

Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy,  said... November 24, 2010 at 3:15 AM  

And two in one week! This is adorable! I'll also be featuring it next week with your place mat! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's!

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