I recently received a couple of sweet baby prints from Ruby Jane’s Retro Fabric. It’s part of a tutorial exchange hosted by Totally Tutorials. In return for receiving the supplies, I agreed to write a tutorial for a project using said supplies.
The fabrics I received were from Avelyn’s Rockabye line. It was not hard at all to be inspired by the vintage baby prints!! The images and colors reminded me of baby items from my childhood, and so I thought about some classic baby toys. First up is this fabric book for baby with crinkly pages.
What you need:
— Fabric printed with image blocks. The size of the blocks will be the size of the book. I used the Rockabye Multi Print by Avelyn.
— Lightweight fusible interfacing
— cellophane. If your fabric is light-colored, I’d suggest using a clear cellophane so it doesn’t show throw.
How to make it:
— Even though you cut them out in pairs, these pairs won’t end up next to each other in the book. Don’t get too attached to your pairings.
— You’ll be sewing two pairs together to create one set of pages. In the book that I made, I used two sets of pages (4 pairs, or 8 blocks total).
— Depending on the repeat of the fabric, you may need to piece together two images to make a pairing. On the fabric that I worked with, there were 9 blocks printed in a 3×3 grid. I could cut 3 pairs straight out of the fabric, but to get the 4th I had to piece. If you need to piece, be sure to include enough seam allowance to create a full sashing in between the blocks.
2. Cut 1 piece of interfacing and 1 piece of cellophane for each block pair. The dimensions should be the same as the block pair MINUS the seam allowances. For example, my block pairs ended up 4″ x 8 1/2″ and I will be using a 1/4″ seam allowance, so I cut my interfacing and cellophane pieces 3 1/2″ x 8″. This will help reduce bulk when you sew your block pairs together.
3. Fuse the interfacing to the backs of each of your block pairs. Center the interfacing so it covers the area that will become the book pages while the seam allowances are left without interfacing.
4. Layer your page pairs right sides together and stitch around the edges with a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving an opening to turn it right side out. I started out with 4 page pairs and ended up with 2 sets stitched together.
5. If your iron is still on, go ahead and turn it to a low setting. You’ll be ironing the pieces in a few minutes and your iron needs some time to cool down or you’ll melt your cellophane!
6. Clip corners and turn right-side out. I tend to be fairly ruthless when I clip corners. The more material I can remove and the closer I can cut to the thread, the crisper my corners will be when I turn it right-side out. To cut so close, I use a pair of small, sharp pointed embroidery scissors. I call them my “snippy scissors”.
If the body of your block pairs got wrinkled while you were turning them right-side out, iron lightly to remove the wrinkles. Remember that there are two layers of cellophane sandwiched in there and you don’t want to melt them! I found that sprinkling with a bit of water before lightly pressing did a good job of removing wrinkles without too much contact with the iron.
9. Stack the stitched pairs, making sure that the edges are perfectly aligned. Stitch down the very center of the sashing between the block prints. Do a few reverse stitches at the beginning and ending of your seam to lock your stitches.
You’re done! Place the little book in the hands of a sweet little baby and watch with pride as they enjoy the pictures and feel the crinkle of the pages.
[tags]sewing, tutorial, baby, book, crinkle, crinkly, page, Ruby Jane’s Retro Fabrics, Rockabye[/tags]