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Topic: Felt Name Book for Ethan (pic overload)  (Read 3120 times)
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soakbonus
« on: June 09, 2008 09:14:02 PM »

I just finished this felt name book that I started a few months ago.  I got the inspiration from the several beautiful ones that have been on Craftster.  I intended to be finished by my baby's first birthday, and it's about a month late.  It is made entirely out of felt and sewn together with embroidery thread.  I was just going to use an animal for each letter, but then I wanted to put a train and a turtle in it, so I came up with turtle traveling by train.  Then I had to make all the other animals do stuff using the same letter too.  On to the pics..


Front cover.  Most of the book is sewn together using the blanket stitch.  The letters on the cover are the same color as the letters in the book.


Spine.


Side view.


E is for elephant eating eggs. 


Close-up of the eggs and fork and knife.


T is for turtle traveling by train.


Close-up of turtle.


H is for hippopotamus hanging in a hammock.


A is for ant acquiring an apple.


Close-up of ant.


N is for narwhal narrating the news.  This is my favorite page.


Back.


The inscription reads "For my mess mess" (what I call him).


Made by Mama with a heart.


Action pic from bedtime.

I got most of the images from coloring books and scanned them and adjusted the sizes so they would all be roughly the same size.  This project took a lot of time, but I found that hand sewing can be relaxing.  I can do it while watching TV and not think too much about it. 
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« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2008 09:53:24 PM »

WOW that is purty
your kid is lucky to have a crafty mom
luv the Narwhale  Wink
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S1ssy-chan is a TEENAGER!!! YAY!!!  [and she's still as hyper as ever, hm]
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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2008 09:55:43 PM »

Beautifully done!

Absolutely meticulous!!
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« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2008 09:58:35 PM »

The hippo page cracks me up!
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« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2008 01:01:54 AM »

this is awesome!! it is so witty and well carried out. I am sure your son will treasure it forever.
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« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2008 01:07:33 AM »

This is so lovely, such time and thought has been put into it, I'm sure your son will treasure this for many years to come  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2008 01:38:35 AM »

mess-mess is a lucky little rug rat! Since it's felt and cant go in the wash try to keep him from getting it too grungy - no reading at meal time! Lot's of love in this project - obviously!
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« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2008 06:29:36 AM »

Aw, what a wonderful job! The turtle on the train is my favorite page, I think.  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2008 06:25:32 AM »

This is beautiful!

I am interested to know how you joined the pages together - I have looked and looked at the pictures and can't figure it out.
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He pursued her until she captured him.

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« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2008 08:28:41 AM »

I just blanket stitched each page together.  The elephant side of E was blanket stitched to the letter side of T, the turtle side of T was blanket stitched to the letter side of H and so on.  Then I made the cover out of a slightly larger piece of felt and blanket stitched the cover to the letter side of E and the narwhal side of N.  I blanket stitched just the cover on the binding so it would look nicer; it doesn't really hold anything together.

Here's another pic of it if that helps.

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