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« on: December 03, 2007 12:02:58 AM »

Christmas crafting for your 7 month old baby is kinda tough, i discovered. But, inspired by the name books I decided to go one step further and make an alphabet book so we can learn the letters together.

The pages are a medium weight black weave and the pictures a mix of felt, satin fabric, faux leather and embroidery. Cover is felt. I'm not really happy with the lettering but then I realised Xavier can't even read so I'm sure he won't be too critical. But I know I am my own worse critic  Cheesy.

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I used: apple, buttons (real ones), clock, door, elephant, fish, guitar, hat, igloo, jellyfish, key, leaf, mouse, necklace, octopus, pig, queensland (where we live), rooster, star, tree, umbrella, violin, wheelbarrow, xylophone, yo-yo, zipper (real one). For depth, many of the pictures are layered pieces of felt, eg: rooster's wing is seperate, octopus' legs are layered, violin bow is seperate, elephant's head is seperate

Lettering in embroidery and fabric paint. Dimensions: about 14cm (5.5") x 14cm (5.5") and 5cm (2") thick.

What I learnt: don't use that weave again cause it moves out of shape when cutting it and your pages end up crooked. Think out lettering better to compliment the pictures that you spent so much time on.
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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2007 01:21:40 AM »

Awww!! that is so darling.
I love all the little animals, simple but very well done!

I always wanted to make my own silly alphabet book.

Good job!!
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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2007 03:05:48 AM »

wow, this is beautiful.

I'm sure your son will love his book Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2007 07:31:46 AM »

You really are too critical. That's so amazingly beautiful. What a lucky lil punkin! Your "illustrations" are awesome. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2007 09:12:31 AM »

Wow, it's spectacular.
You need to save it forever!
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« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2007 11:45:10 AM »

This is sooooo great! Lucky little guy he is....
And don't be so hard on yourself, you did a wonderful job...
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« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2007 02:12:18 PM »

wow that must have taken a lot of time, but definitely worth it. its so awesome, i love it & i'm sure you're son will too =)
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« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2007 02:58:17 AM »

Thanks all! I am really pleased with the pictures and I do hope it's something my son will keep for his children.
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« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2007 03:29:00 PM »

It's gorgeous!  The pictures are so bright and engaging.  I'm sure your son will LOVE it.   Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2007 06:43:43 AM »

I bow down to you. I've made name books for my two kids, and I am currently working on one for my nephew; I think my brain would melt and my hands would fall off if I tried making a book of the alphabet. I love the elephant!
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« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2007 10:28:39 AM »

It's wonderful-- I'm sure it will stay in the family for a long time. I especially like the use of different fabrics for each object.
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« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2007 09:11:23 AM »

I love this book! And your son will too! My husband still has an activity book that his mother made for him as a baby, and all 3 of my boys still play with it. Its an awesome heirloom!
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« Reply #12 on: September 18, 2008 06:28:05 PM »

Great Job!!

I have been wanting to make my son a book like this for a while now and you just gave me the inspiration and motivation to start!

I love the little hearts!!
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« Reply #13 on: September 20, 2008 07:21:38 PM »

THank you! And after a year it is still holding up nicely. For the next one though I won't use felt on the outside cause it rubs and gets a bit worn. Other than that, as Xavier has grown it's become one of his most favourite toys.
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« Reply #14 on: September 23, 2008 06:07:00 AM »

I thought about doing one of these and thought about making the whole thing of felt, including the pages, but it's soooooo thick even with nothing on the pages yet.  Is the book you made very thick? 
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« Reply #15 on: September 29, 2008 06:34:08 AM »

It's probably a healthy inch and a half thick. The pages are about 6 x 6 inches and we have had no problems at all with the size or thickness. I used a strange black weave for the pages that has worked out great and the images are a mix of felt and scrap fabrics. I think felt would be significantly thicker than the fabric I used, perhaps you could try for something else? A heavy cotton or blend or even light upholstry fabric would be great, mine was just stash fabric.
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« Reply #16 on: October 05, 2008 10:38:45 AM »

I love this idea! I especially like the octopus. Thanks for listing the words you used for each letter...I've been thinking about making one of these for my cousin's baby. She has a Y in her name and I've been a little stumped about what word to use. Maybe "yo-yo" will work!
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« Reply #17 on: October 05, 2008 06:10:33 PM »

I agonised over what pictures to use! I tried to make them easy to create while still being recognisable for my son. Yo-yo was followed closely by yacht which I thought was a little fancy for a 1 year old Cheesy. X nearly ended up being an xray but I thought it would be confusing. Ok I admit it I waaay over-thought the whole thing, he just loves me saying the names when he points at them though.

N was for necklace and I did a fairly good representation of the necklace I always wear. Now he looks at my neck every time we get to N and it's so great seeing that recognition. Perhaps you could incorporate something like that too.
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« Reply #18 on: October 08, 2008 02:55:08 AM »

Hi,
I enjoyed this great idea for a Christmas present for a baby. What a lot of work you must have done. Good on you. I'm sure your little Xavier will love his book forever.
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« Reply #19 on: October 08, 2008 03:58:02 AM »

That is adorable!!!
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« Reply #20 on: October 08, 2008 04:33:14 AM »

That's PRECIOUS!! I absolutely love how personal it is. And he'll even have it when he grows up to remember how awesome his ultra crafty mom is. =) I really love this project.
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« Reply #21 on: October 08, 2008 04:52:30 AM »

You did such a great job. My grandmother used to make little books like this for my cousins and sisters when they were little ones. I always thought it was a clever idea, and much quieter and stimulating than noisy singing toys.  Cheesy
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