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.
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.