Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Fabric Baby Book

After having a bit of a sort out of my stash I came across a bundle of fat quarters that I bought from Fabric Rehab ages ago. I think I had grand plans of making a baby quilt for a friend, but as with so many projects it stayed as a daydream.

I decided I needed something a bit quicker, something I could finish off in an evening, that would show off the cute fabric. I decided I wanted to make a little fabric baby book after flicking through an amazing book in Foyles called How to Make Books. It was lovely but I couldn't justify buying another craft book just now, so I've put it on my wishlist.

As I didn't have the book in front of me, I had to make it up a little, but it's a pretty simple idea. I started by laying out the different fabrics and working out what I wanted to have on my 'pages'. Some of the prints were fairly illustrative, with lots going on, so I tried to pick out some nice 'pictures' - on the first page I have a cat looking at a bird in a tree, that's a story right there... For the front cover I found a plain beige fabric with a pale blue pinstripe, backed with a plain sky blue cotton.

Once I'd decided which fabrics looked best together, I set about cutting squares with my rotary cutter. I was using a quilting ruler which is marked in imperial, so ended up cutting 5 inch squares with a quarter inch seam allowance, it just seemed about right. I had three 'pages' inside my book, so used six squares of contrasting patterns. I paired up fabrics right side together and sewed around top, right hand side and bottom, leaving the an open edge on the side that would eventually be in the spine of the book. Then I turned it inside out and pressed it. I repeated this for the other pages.

For the cover I cut rectangles from the beige and blue fabrics which measured 5.5 in x 11.5 in. I sewed them along all edges (right sides together) leaving a small gap so that I could turn it right side out. I then slip-stitched the gap closed.

Then it was simply a matter of slipping the pages into the cover and sewing through all the layers of fabric about a quarter inch in from the spine. I back-stitched at beginning and end of the seam to make it stronger. This was a bit of a bugger going through the sewing machine, but I got there in the end!

I quickly sorted out the loose ends and ta-da! If I was doing it again I might personalise it by embroidering or appliquéing an initial or name on the front. Hope you like it... 

Update - I linked up this post with Faith Hope & Charity Shopping's Ta-Dah Tuesday, lots of interesting posts to check out.

Little Doers

This is one of those posts I've had in the pipeline, and it's not about my craft stuff, instead it's about what my children have been up to. I was moseying about on Mumsnet a few weeks ago and noticed a post from Beth at Little Doers who was looking for bloggers to review their children's craft boxes. The idea behind the scheme is that you get a box through the post once a month with all the materials you will need for a weekly craft activity.

Excitement was running high when the box arrived, and Youngest was very impressed to have a parcel with her name on it. We opened the envelope marked week one and were pleased to find two different activities, which was handy as Oldest decided that he wanted to join in too. Youngest took her time making a queen mask on a stick, with plenty of glitter and sparkly sticky bits and Oldest made a crown. The only thing that I had to provide was a bit of PVA glue. Everything else, including all craft materials, an apron and glue spreader was included.

There are different levels of membership for the scheme, starting with the Basic package which is £15 a month on a rolling basis. That's £3.50 a week which I think is pretty reasonable. If you sign up for longer then the price drops accordingly. I thought the materials were good quality, there were some nice little touches like pre-applied sticky dots on some of the pieces to make it really easy for the children. I think this is a great scheme for anyone who doesn't have the space for lots of craft supplies, and it's good for inspiration. It definitely made us do more craft together, which was lovely. 

Little Doers was set up by Beth and Ed who are parents themselves, and work from home in Hampshire Check out their site Little Doers to find out more.

N.B. I received a free Little Doers box in exchange for writing this post

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Missing In Action

Poor little neglected blog, over a month since my last post. I promise to remedy that very soon, have a couple of proper posts in the pipeline.

I can't even put it down to the beautiful summer weather keeping me out of doors, because let's face it, the rain should have kept me indoors and crafting. But instead all the day-to-day domestic stuff has taken over, how dull.

See you soon...