I'm sure you see why! First I made a card...
and then a sweet felt book and then the next thing I knew I was sewing up baby booties!
And I don't even have a baby to give them to! (Oh, wait...maybe I do...my friend, Kirby, just became a grandpa of a little baby girl named Harper - she just might need this sweet ensemble.) Below, I've got instructions on how to make the little felt book, links and tips for the baby booties, and a link to the free Baby Deer image.
This felt book is so sweet and really easy to make. I think it is perfect for small pictures and journaling notes. (I printed the deer on canvas - it has a nice fabric feel.) Here's how to make a little bound felt book.
Cut your felt. The finished size of my book is about 3 3/8 x 3 1/2". For this size book, cut the cover felt to 3 1/2" x 6 3/4" and the inside pages to 3 1/4 x 5 1/2". I cut two pink strips for a total of 8 pages. I think it could easily hold one more strip for a total of 12 pages.
When you fold all the pieces in half, you might need to do a tiny bit of trimming to get it all evened out. Then I clamped mine together so everything stayed in place. Use a ruler to make tiny dots (I used an erasable fabric pencil) every 1/2". Sew a running stitch forward. I used all six strands of embroidery floss. If you want a 'tail' like mine, leave about 4 inches to work with. You can see it at the top of the second photo.
When you get to the top, you will go around the top of the book and come back up through the back. As you come back down with the running stitch also stitch the sides going around the spine of the book. Keep the embroidery floss pulled taught. At the bottom, you will tie the two pieces of embroidery floss together.
That's a picture of Lauren on the day she was born! I sewed on the button embellishment - not going all the way through the felt - didn't want the knot to show on the back. I used just a tiny bit of glue behind the photo and slipped it under the felt button. The same thing would work for journaling spots. The button dies are from Papertrey Ink.
For the baby booties, I used Papertrey Ink's new Baby Booties dies. They worked really well and were really pretty easy to put together. A couple of tips: You want to be sure that you can see all the sewing holes, so be sure to take time to get all the little holes open. Also, I found it much easier to leave the holes on the very bottom of the back pieces open and sew them when I sewed on the bottom of the bootie. Papertrey Ink has great videos showing how to make the booties.
I made a box with a clear lid for the book and booties.
To download the free baby deer image with the blue bow, click HERE. Be sure to visit Free Pretty Things for You to download the free baby deer image with the pink bow. While you're there, check out all the other adorable free images!
Happy Friday and Happy Weekend, too!