Ever since I first saw some of the amazing name books on here years ago, I knew that whenever I had a baby, I'd want to make one for them. So, when I had my daughter last March, I started planning one in my head, and I got to work on it when she was about six months old. It's taken me seven months, working on it off and on at night after she's gone to bed.
I am ridiculously proud of this thing. Many of the shapes and letters were cut out using the Ellison die cut machine we have at work. The embroidery was all done by printing out what I wanted to say, tracing it onto freezer paper, ironing the paper to the felt, and then embroidering through it. I used the same method for cutting out shapes and letters.
To bind the book, I used some of what I learned from a major project on bookbinding in grad school. I made all the pages first. Then, I sewed the first and last page to slightly larger pieces of felt in order to make the cover a little larger. To make the inside pages, I sewed together the three outside edges with a blanket stitch. Then, using a narrow piece of felt sandwiched between the inside edges, I created signatures by connecting four pieces of felt (two pages) together. I ended up with three signatures, which I then bound to another piece of felt and sewed the first and last pages on like endpapers. Once I had the entire inside of the book sewn together, I then sewed the front and back cover together with a spine (and a handle for carrying). Then, I sewed the cover on, sandwiching some plastic canvas between the front and back covers for strength, and pretty much was giddy for a while over all that work finally being finished.
Everything in this book was done by hand. It's made from felt from Michaels and Hobby Lobby, embroidery thread, a few buttons and a bead.
M is for moon. Glitter felt!
I is for ice cream. This page made me realize I needed to plan before I started sewing.
R is for rabbit.
A is for apple.
N is for nest. We live in North Carolina, so I incorporated some of our state symbols on this page with the cardinal and the dogwood.
D is for dog.
A is for angel.
Back cover. My husband and I call her little goose a lot.
Spine and binding.
A few details.
Thanks for looking. I hope you like it!