This weekend I finished Vik’s fabric baby book. He LOVES it, which is just the sweetest thing to see. This is the kind of crafting I love- easy, creative and anything but fussy. Here is a quick tutorial I put together in case you want to whip one of these up for your own little own. It is not a super quick project- there are a lot of steps involved- but it is fun, and it comes together pretty easily.
Step 1: Pick four coordinating fabrics, as well as batting and notions including felt, ribbon, rick-rack, etc. Cut your fabrics into eight rectangles measuring approximately 16 inches x 8 inches, two from each fabric. Cut four rectangles of batting, as well. This will give you 16 pages to work with, so you will need at least 16 pictures, or more if you choose to do two on a page. I use these Colorfast Fabric Printer Pages. Follow the directions completely to ensure your color adheres.
Step 2: Layout all of your pages, and pin the pictures and felt pieces in place. Using a zig-zag stitch for the pictures, sew into place. Use a straight stitch for the felt. Press each page well after sewing.
Step 3: Place your matching fabric pages right sides together (take care that all your photographs are facing the same way), with the batting in the back, and sew together, making sure to leave an opening so you can turn the page right-side out. Clip any excess batting and clip your corners.
Step 4: Turn right side out, making sure to pull out the corners, using a pin to help, and press. Turn in the raw edge of the opening, creating a finish edge, and pin into place. Top stitch 1/4 inch from the edge, around the entire page. Give the page a good press.
Step 6: Once all four of your pages are complete, place one inside the other in the desired order. If your machine can handle sewing through such thickness, sew down the middle of the book, creating a binding. If your machine can’t handle the thickness, you can hand sew the binding.
Note: This project was made possible by the fact that Vijay discovered scissors, and a die hard love for cutting paper, felt, fabric, ribbon and even a few electrical cords (!) was born. We spent TWO HOURS together in my studio this weekend (while Vik napped)- him cutting away, me sewing away. It was a dream, I tell you, a true dream!