Monday, December 19, 2011

The Busy Book! It Is Done!

I have a lot of pictures of things I made for people this Christmas, but those people read this blog (or so I've been led to believe), so those will have to come after Christmas. But, once again, I felt it was okay to spoil the surprise as to what I'me getting Josephine since she can't read yet. So, I give to you, THE BUSY BOOK!

Please enjoy my braggy photos. It was a labor of love (so I hope she likes it!)

 Matching shapes

Whales and fish that move back and forth through the water 

A lion with a shaggy mane 

Flowers that can be buttoned and unbuttoned and put into the pot/pocket 

Lace curtains hanging over the window 

Barn doors open to reveal stalls and pig and cow finger puppets

I am SO glad I got the idea to make this back in October, because it ended up taking a MONTH to make. Sometimes that was because I was being meticulous, other times it was because I needed something and had to wait until the next day (or longer) to get back to the craft store, and a few times because I had to take a break when I got all frazzled in the brain.

But it is done. DONE! I don't have a tutorial for you, but I can give you the basic rundown:
After you choose your designs, 
1. Cut things out
2. Sew to felt
3. Sew pages together with embroidery floss, using a blanket stitch
4. Put grommets on pages
5. Put rings through grommets

Wow, when you put it that way, it sounds easy. :)

(One last photo for Pinterest purposes.)


  1. So beautiful! She will love it!

  2. Wow. That looks like it was a lot of work, but it turned out great :)

  3. Wow that is gorgeous! Great job! I do NOT have the patience to ever make anything so nice!

  4. Awesome. I am so jealous of your sewing skills.

  5. Can I put my order in for one? : ) I love it! terrific job!

  6. WOW! This is AWESOME!!!! You should be a pre-school teacher!

  7. This is gorgeous! I love the idea. So colourful and unique and fun! :D

  8. OH MY GOODNESS! Are you the best Mama in the World or what!? Beautiful little book. Josephine will love it!!

  9. It looks great! She's a lucky girl! :)

  10. Thank you so much to everyone who has left a kind comment! It was a lot of work, and I hope she loves it. Thanks for all the kudos! :)

  11. Also, Shannon -- if you can make a simple stitch with a needle and thread, you can do all the sewing I did here. The cutting of shapes was actually more difficult! :)

  12. Cynthia -- It would be pretty pricey considering it would take me a month to make! :)

  13. You have inspired me. I am starting one of these for Lorelai as soon as the holiday craziness calms down. I figure if I give myself a year to do it, I'll hopefully get it finished for next Christmas ;) (And if I overachieve and finish it by her birthday in March, I'll call it a double win!)


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