When my son was young, I bought several cloth book panels. I made a few for him (one I absolutely loved was a Dinosaur Train book!) and as I was weeding through my fabric stash last month I realized that I had TWO of these Winnie the Pooh cloth book panels! One of them was even cut out, but it had never been sewn. (What was I thinking??) This book took about an hour to put together. Not bad for a Friday night!
I’ve had to opt out of the crafty destash the past few months, but this month I’m back!
The thing about cloth books is that they have the directions on the panel. They tend to be just a few “pages” that you put together, and once you have them cut out and figure out where the pages go, it’s smooth sailing from there!
So I matched all of my pages together. I ironed them because they’ve accumulated at least 5 years of wrinkles, and I cut out a piece of fusible fleece for each set of pages. I used a thicker fusible fleece, but other books have taken the thinner fusible backing and that’s easier to sew. (This wasn’t terrible, though.)
My back page had a place for a name, so I popped this into my Brother embroidery machine and stitched my daughter’s name in! I didn’t use a backing or anything (that’s why it’s a tad pulled around her name.) I’m really pleased with how it turned out. My last time with the cloth books, I did not have an embroidery machine, and I hand stitched my son’s name (or I didn’t put a name at all.)
I ironed on the fusible fleece onto one of the pages of each “set” of pages. Then I placed the two pages so they were right sides together. Sewed around each edge, leaving about 3-4 inches open, cut the corners (so they’d lay flat when I pulled it all through.) And then I pulled each page through the opening, ironed them flat, and sewed the opening so it was closed.
The final step is laying all of the pages together, finding the center and sewing down the middle. Honestly, mine is a little slanted. I do not mind, though. (And my daughter didn’t notice.)
I love this little book and I can’t wait to take it along on our trip next week!
Check out the other crafty destash projects this month – and if you’d like to join in the Craft Room De-Stash Challenge, you can request to join our Facebook group here!
What kinds of projects are you working on right now?