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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Felt Name Book (Image heavy) 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!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Embroidering over paper? on: October 11, 2013 07:42:37 PM
I'm not an embroiderer, but I'm trying to make a felt name book for my daughter, and I want to do some words.  Whenever I've tried to do more than a letter or two in the past, they always end up all wonky and misshapen and crooked.  Can I print out what I want to say and stitch through the regular printer paper onto the felt, and then tear it away when I'm done? Or would that not work?

I'd appreciate any advice on the matter.  Thanks!
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4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Hunger Games Magnetic Bookmarks (Image heavy) on: March 16, 2012 07:18:59 AM
I'm a librarian, and next week we're going to be doing a Hunger Games craft program in preparation for the movie.  We're going to make bottle cap jewelry and magnetic bookmarks. 

I pretty much figured out the process for the bookmarks on my own, and I had to type up a set of instructions that we can hand out.  I'm not sure how clear my instructions are, so I'd appreciate it if some other crafty people could just look it over and tell me if anything is confusing at all.


Materials Needed
Strips of colored paper 1.5 inches wide
Pictures 1.5 inches wide (printed from the computer or cut from magazines)
Thin, flexible magnet sheets (the magnetic ads that come on the front of phone books work)
Glue Sticks
3 inch wide clear heavy tape (Scotch No. 845 Book Tape works very well)

Pick which pictures you want on the front and the back of your bookmark and cut them out.

Lay out the pictures on a strip of paper. Remember to place the pictures designated for the back of the bookmark upside down.  Glue the pictures down in the desired layout.

Fold the bookmark in half and cut off any excess.


Roll out your book tape so it is slightly longer than your bookmark, and carefully position the bookmark face down in the center of the tape.


Cut out the corners of the tape so you can fold it over onto the back of the bookmark.  Starting from the middle and working your way to the edge, fold the edges of the tape over onto the back of the bookmark.


Fold the bookmark in half again and crease the fold as much as you can.

Take your thin magnetic sheet and cut a strip a little smaller than the width of your bookmark.  From that strip cut two pieces about an inch long. 


Stack the two magnetic pieces together and trim off any excess to make sure the pieces will match up.
Keeping the pieces stacked together glue one of the magnets to the bottom of the book mark.


Spread glue on the top magnet and fold down the bookmark to meet it.  This insures that the magnets will line up properly when the bookmark is in use.


To use, fold the bookmark over a page.  The magnets will hold the bookmark in place.  Enjoy your bookmark!

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Magnetic Travel Bingo (Image heavy) on: October 02, 2011 11:55:03 AM
During a recent trip with my niece and nephew, I was reminded of the travel bingo game my siblings and I had as children.  The game we had was just a heavy card with little windows to slide over each item as you saw it.  I decided that they needed a travel bingo game, but a better one than that.

I started with two of these: http://www.cardinalgames.com/game/113 and two of these: http://www.amazon.com/Making-Memories-Magnetic-Stamp-StorageTin/dp/B00426BVPG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1317574104&sr=8-1.  I picked all of these up at a Tuesday Morning for about $8.00 total.

I made some bingo cards in Publisher using clip art and printed and laminated them.  I got two packs of magnets and covered each magnet with a red sticker on one side and a blue sticker on the other side so the magnets can be used as game pieces for any future games I might come up with.

The magnets are all kept in the stamp storage tin, and the kids can use the inside of the lid as the surface for the bingo cards. 

I created 3 categories with 2 cards for each - license plates, vehicles and regular travel bingo.  For the license plates, I put Hawaii and Alaska over to the side so if they ever do see one (rarely down here in the South), they'll get a special bingo.

Tins with game boards, magnets and checker set that came with the tin.

License plate board with magnets.

Painted to cover the checkers tin.  I used the Martha Stewart any surface paint.

And the cards:

License Plates 1

License Plates 2

Travel Bingo 1

Travel Bingo 2

Vehicle Bingo 1

Vehicle Bingo 2
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Hogwarts Sorting Hat on: October 02, 2011 09:41:01 AM
I am a librarian, and this summer we held a Harry Potter party to celebrate the release of the final movie.  We wanted to have a sorting hat, but as our budget was pretty limited we didn't want to buy one.  So I made one.

The base is a foam pith helmet from Hobby Lobby with a party hat taped on top of it.  I used a spray adhesive to glues pieces of brown felt to cover the whole thing.  Then I used brown yarn to stitch around all the felt to cover the overlaps and to make it more raggedy looking.  

The Sorting Hat was a hit, and we're planning on using it again for another program in November.

I hope you enjoy our Sorting Hat!
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