1. This is far too advanced for Molly to play with at the moment.
2. I just had to make it.
My first page and pattern is Hickory Dickory Dock. As mentioned in my previous post I have chosen to use single pages which measure 19.5 x 23.5 cm.
I love how the mouse moves up and down the ribbon. I considered having the mouse as a removable item but decided due to Molly’s age I keep it attached for now.
The pattern attached details how I made it. Please be aware that all patterns and products are untested. I have tried my best to make everything as safe and secure as possible but if you make one for your child ensure all seams are secure and any choking risks are kept to a minimum. This is also my first time writing a pattern- if you notice anything that is wrong or it doesn’t make sense please comment and I will help out where I can. I would love to see pictures of the bits you make too.
Now I am far too excited about making this. A quiet book. A mostly fabric book full of activities that are made to entertain, educate and, well, keep children quiet. Ideally for ages 2 to 4 I’m starting early predominantly so I can spend lots of time developing the pages.
There are so many different ways of doing them and a few hours on Pinterest will give you hundreds of ideas but I’m going to share my one and hopefully create some patterns along the way.
I have chosen a ring binder style book so that I can add and remove pages as Molly grows and learns new skills. Also I can then add pages that appeal to her character and nature as I learn who she is.
I haven’t created a pattern for this but I will go through the steps so you can get an idea of how it was achieved.
Firstly I chose two fabrics that complimented each other to use as the outside and inside of the cover. The outside is another wonderful Rose & Hubble fabric of Russian Doll characters and so I chose a smaller Russian Doll pattern for the inside.
I sandwiched these two fabrics with two layers of felt between them and ran a few quilting lines across the full width with a spine quilted in as well. Tip: I have just discovered my new favourite quilting accessory which is spray craft adhesive. I then cut it all to size and attached bias binding around the outside.
Depending on how you’d like to fasten the book, if at all, you may need to add part of your fastener before sewing everything together. I have used a magnetic clasp attached to a belt which I made in the complimentary fabric.
Add rivets to where you’d like you binders to go and add any embellishments and your done. I had personalised labels made so Molly is in no doubt this was made for her
This Christmas I planned to make 14 personalised stockings. Ambitious I hear you cry, surely that’s too many, you’ll never make it and you’d be right. I made a paltry 10. The four that I put off were our ones and I’m going to hide this post once Molly learns to read so she will never know of my festive betrayal.
But January came and as a way of putting off my tax returns for a few more hours I got on with the business of making family stockings. I bought some wonderful Christmas material from Emporium Fabrics and I was ready to go.
Just a quick note on Emporium Fabrics – it is a Facebook page where you can order fabric. Usually £5 a metre or less with free p&p. Mostly Rose & Huble (which conforms to CE testing if you make toys) and you pay via PayPal. Maria is a lovely lady and I can’t recommend her highly enough. She’ll be getting in her Christmas fabric around May/June so get in there early.
I embroidered names and a bit of extra detail and set about sewing them together. A stocking with no frills or fancy bits is fairly straight forward and you can follow this tutorial for a good idea of how to do it. Don’t forget like I almost did that if using patterned material on the inside it needs to be upside down so that when you fold it over for the collar it’s the right way up.
The eagle eyed amoungst you will notice there are four – no I’m not expecting – I’m just prepared for when another may come along. I can’t wait til Christmas morning and Molly coming in to find what Santa has left in her stocking.
When I found out I was pregnant I imagined all the things I could make whilst on maternity leave. The list was endless and still is as bits get added daily.
I decided that I would blog of all the things I’d make from the day she was born – how wonderful that would be for the first post to be the first day of her life and then as I found new challenges of things we needed I’d do a little diy blog.
Well that day arrived on August the 4th. A little hand grenade was dropped into our life and blew everything out of the water. Not in a bad way just in a ‘life will never be the same’ way.
and I did make things, more than a mum of a newborn has any right to make, I crammed bits into precious moments whilst Molly was sleeping and I took photos but did I write anything down – did I heck.
So here I am. 2016. Another new beginning and its time I started typing. Molly is 5 months old today and I have plans for all sorts of things in the future.
I will share what I make and how I do it and hopefully you’ll enjoy it/find it interesting/ find it useful/ ignore it completely