Activity Book, Page 3: Flower Garden

Bees are important to gardens. They help them to continue to grow and for flowers on certain plants to turn into fruits and vegetables. Weave the bee through the flowers collecting pollen before it finally flies back to its hive to make honey. What does the trail of the bee draw?

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Activity Book, Page 4: Pocket Watch

For this activity book page, I integrated a clock as a pocket watch so that I could incorporate buttons somewhere in the book.

Activity Book: Pocket Watch
What time is it?
Practice buttoning and unbuttoning.

I’m a relative sewing novice, so I learned some new terms: polo shirt placket and welt pocket; and it was my first time making any type of pocket and buttonholes. The buttonholes were particularly intimidating because of all the extra foreign hardware that was involved. Luckily, I still have the original sewing manual from the machine (and its button-making hardware) that I inherited from my mother.

sewing manual Kenmore Ultrastitch 12

This page had to incorporate some cotton fabric because felt would have added too much bulk. For the inside of the pocket, I used the fabric that I’m planning to use for the book cover and had to remove the welt pocket (felt) flap.

Activity Book: Pocket Watch

The Clock
I created a template for the numbers (download below) that I traced and used to embroider using the tracing paper method. While embroidering, the white clock face was reinforced with a stiff interface.

I wanted to reinforce the clock face even further so I added a piece of recycled paperboard. The clock arms were reinforced with paperboard as well. Instead of ribbon, I used jewelry chain that is sold by the yard because it has a nicer quality to it.

Download pocket watch template.

MATERIALS
Felt, fabric, sewing thread, buttons, brass fastener, interfacing, batting, yarn, jewelry chain, recycled paperboard

STATS
Number of cut pieces: 9
Colors used: apple green, goldenrod, white, dark brown

INSPIRATIONS / REFERENCES

In adapting the pocket watch pattern from here, I created a new template for the white clock face (a larger cutout) with a traceable template for embroidering numbers of the clock face.
Download pocket watch template.

Polo Shirt Placket Tutorial
http://www.mellysews.com/2012/04/polo-shirt-placket-tutorial.html

Sewing Welt Pockets
http://www.craftsy.com/article/sewing-welt-pockets

Activity Book, Page 1: Camping Fun

This is the first page of an activity book that I’ve been planning and designing for my nephew. The components for this page was done weeks ago, but I only finally finished putting them all together and securing them onto the page. It is the first page that I’ve completed for the activity book.
Activity Book: Camping Fun

My brother loves camping and was looking forward to bringing my nephew camping even before he was born.

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Letters of Love Samples and Stamps

Fabric letters of love

Mock-ups for components of an activity book page. The left is on felt and the right is upcycled from an old bedsheet.

The thread tension is on the right is too tight and needs to be adjusted. The felt is too thick for my purposes so the ones for the activity book will be in the cotton fabric.

Tiny Felt Stamps
Tiny Felt Stamps
These are tiny felt stamps for the letters’ envelopes. The dimensions are 3/4″ x 5/8″.

(These were created about a week ago.)

Tiny Felt Vegetables

Check out my tiny cute vegetables.
Can you guess what they are?


They are a leek, carrot, beet and radish.

To get a better idea of its scale. . .

I thought about embroidering little faces on them, but they ended up being enough work without them. I’m pleased with how they turned out and they make me happy. Somehow, fake food makes me as happy as the real deal.

They are components for a page of an activity (quiet) book for my nephew.