Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A Sewing Book for Miss C

Miss C likes to pretend she is sewing.  I love it.  She will pretend with all sorts of random things like a hair clip and a headband.  I decided to make her her very own sewing book.  I debated on the design for quite a while.  I wanted very simple but functional.  The original idea came from those cardboard pictures I had as a kid with the holes punched out around the edges to string shoelaces through.

I just pulled fabrics from my stash.  I started with 9.5" squares.  I arranged everything in order and then sewed the squares together to form pages using the same idea as Elizabeth's tutorial on Don't Call Me Betsy. Each layout is color coordinated so I had to be very careful everything was in order. 
 I then sewed LOTS of button holes onto the inside pages.  I also bound the shoelaces right into the binding so they didn't get lost.  Now Miss C can sew by stringing the shoelaces through the button holes.
I made five sets of pages which led to a very thick book.  I ended up binding this guy by hand.  I broke a needle trying to shove it under my machine. 


I'm happy to say it was a hit.

I'm linking this little project to Fabric Tuesday over at Quilt Story today.


Fresh Poppy Design

20 comments:

  1. Bummer about breaking a needle!! But I really like how your book turned out, I love the fabrics you picked! Miss C is one lucky little girl, that book looks like a ton of fun!

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  2. What a great idea, and perfectly executed of course (all bar the needle-breakage!).

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  3. how darling is that! Very cool.

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  4. Someday Pepper will want one of those! It's adorable!!!

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  5. What a sweet thing to do for an upcoming seamstress/quilter!
    Mrs. Hearts

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  6. What a great idea! My six year old likes to sew on the sewing machine and I want to encourage that, but when I help her sew then I don't get to sew. :( I guess I just need to keep working with her until I get her to the point where she can work by herself. Then we can both have fun!

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  7. That is such a fantastic idea!

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  8. This is SUCH a great idea!!!

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  9. Look at all those button holes!! Wonderful!

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  10. Thats such a cute idea! And it's so adorable. Fantastic!

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  11. Wonderful idea and so great Miss C liked it, too :)

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  12. So cute! What a great idea.
    My daughter is 4, so she's sort of on the border of real sewing. She had a kid's machine that she would use without thread, and she loved it. Then it broke and we couldn't fix it. My parents found the Hello Kitty Janome and got that for her for Christmas....but it doesn't have a needle guard so she needs supervision. She keeps asking for the other machine back because she wants to "sew" along with me, rather than sew while I hover over her!

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  13. This is totally fabulous! My own little one would love this!

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  14. Wow! That is some serious dedication. I love it!

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  15. What a great idea and wonderful way to get kids into sewing! AWSOME!

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  16. What a great idea! Now Miss C can sew with mommy almost for real :-)

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  17. Wow, what a great idea!! I've been looking for something to do/make for my son that is sewing related so he can have something to do when I'm at my machine. Currently he sits on my lap, which isn't working so well. Thanks for the awesome inspiration!!

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  18. So cute. I used to do these type of things when I was little.

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