Vijay has just recently begun noticing family pictures around the house, pointing out ‘mama,’ ‘dada,’ and his favorite, ‘nana’ (somehow, that is Tom Tom, my little brother, his uncle). When I saw the adorable cloth book that Amanda made for her daughter’s first birthday, I knew I had to make something similar for my little guy. I tried to choose pictures of family members, and Vijay doing some of his favorite things- eating, taking a bath, swimming, throwing stones with grandma, and riding a bulldozer.
I used some fabric that I had laying around, and fabric printer paper, which allowed me to print pictures straight from my computer printer. I am pretty darn pleased with the result, as is Vijay, who absolutely loves his new book. He gets a kick out of pointing out all of the people and items that he recognizes! I wanted to photograph him ‘reading’ his new favorite book, but the morning slipped away from us, and now he is sound asleep- so these snapshots will have to suffice!
This project came together pretty quickly- over the course of a few naptime sewing sessions. I tried to make it very sturdy, but not too ‘precious.’ Although I have the urge to think of handmade items as keepsakes, the reality is, I want them to be used and loved now- and oh- how he loves his new book!