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« on: April 03, 2014 07:51:26 PM »

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.

Front Cover

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!
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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2014 08:22:34 PM »

Love this name book! You did a wonderful job.

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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2014 08:39:08 PM »

This is lovely! She will treasure it her whole life.

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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2014 08:45:40 PM »

I totally love this!!!  Beautiful job!!

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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2014 12:00:08 AM »

Wow! Such a beautiful labor of love!
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« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2014 08:20:02 AM »

Wonderful, the last page with the angel esp. toucheded my heart. I would love to make my Grandson one but I am terrible at rhyming and he has a short name Liam it would be a short book.
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2014 05:35:04 PM »

Thank you for all the kind words.  It really was a labor of love.  My co-workers told me that I should just name all future children Miranda whether they were a boy or girl just so I don't have to do it over again.
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« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2014 08:43:42 AM »

Congratulations! This has been chosen as a Featured Project!  Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2014 10:16:18 AM »

Wow, no wonder you are proud!!  This is so awesome.

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« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2014 01:01:06 PM »

I love this so much, I'm already thinking of ideas for one for my baby boy. I'm a slow hand sewer but thankfully he has a short name!
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