April 2, 2011

Audrey's Busy Book

For all my apprehension about using a pattern I am so glad that I just did it.
It turned out that it was actually quite a bit of fun to put together.
A lot of work, but a lot of fun too.
There were a lot of little details in the pattern and I can't even count how many times I had to change thread or wind a new bobbin. 
It was a great refresher on how to do things like make button holes, install a zipper, and hand sew.
Overall I love how the book turned out.
Judging from Audrey's reaction she is going to enjoy playing with it too. Each time she looks at it she smiles and giggles.
I hope it is something she treasures for years to come.
Next time I'm thinking it would be fun to turn into a quilt of sorts.

Posted at:
Craftastic Party on Sew Can Do
Get Your Craft On on Today's Creative Blog
We Did It! Wednesday on Sew Much Ado

Update: As I mentioned in a previous post, the pattern is Simplicity 3709.

22 comments:

  1. Seriously the most adorable thing I've ever seen!!! Super impressed!!!

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  2. Emily, that looks awesome! Wow, that looks like a lot of work.

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  3. how sweet and fun love that it is has been made because it often means that it came from the heart :) come see what i shared at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

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  4. What an amazing thing to do for your daughter! Kudos to you. Lovely keepsake for her. :)

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  5. Darling! I still have mine from when I was a child! I want to make one for future grandchildren!

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  6. Amazing!! Thanks for auditioning for OMTWI!!

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  7. Wow! I love this and am looking forward to participating with you in OMTWI! Come by and say hi sometime!

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  8. Beautiful job! Such an amazing book for your daughter!

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  9. your book is beautiful- i smiled when I saw your zipper corn- such a cute idea! I am making a busy book at the moment - just doing a page or two when I get a chance- and am really enjoying the creativity of it. Yours is very inspirational!

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  10. I love this! What pattern did you use? I found your blog while looking for busy-book tutorials.

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  11. Oh, and would you be able to email which pattern you used? My email is ramie_amy (at) yahoo (dot) com. Or my blog is www.oversontwo.blogspot.com

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  12. This is so lovely! i found it via Pinterest.

    I was just wondering about Audrey's age and whether she is still playing with it?

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  13. I would also love to know which pattern you used! crdemarco (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  14. Very cute! I have an old pattern for a busy book geared more to a boy. I would love to know the name of the pattern you used for Audrey's book. I esp. like the butterfly page and the "blowing a kiss" page.
    Thank you so much!!

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  15. Very cute! I have an old pattern for a busy book geared more to a boy. I would love to know the name of the pattern you used for Audrey's book. I esp. like the butterfly page and the "blowing a kiss" page.
    Thank you so much!!

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  16. Very cute! I have an old pattern for a busy book geared more to a boy. I would love to know the name of the pattern you used for Audrey's book. I esp. like the butterfly page and the "blowing a kiss" page.
    Thank you so much!!

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  17. Very cute! I have an old pattern for a busy book geared more to a boy. I would love to know the name of the pattern you used for Audrey's book. I esp. like the butterfly page and the "blowing a kiss" page.
    Thank you so much!!

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  18. Very cute! I have an old pattern for a busy book geared more to a boy. I would love to know the name of the pattern you used for Audrey's book. I esp. like the butterfly page and the "blowing a kiss" page.
    Thank you so much!!

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  19. Can you please tell me how you did the binding of the pages and the cover? I don't want to do the rings everyone is doing but don't know how to go about doing it this way. Thanks
    micromom@hotmail.ca

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  20. This is a lovely, lovely book! I have the same question about how to bind the pages. Velcro?

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    1. I'm sorry for my late reply, but I bound the book following the pattern instructions. It is a little hard to describe, but first I sewed two pages together and then sewed each set of pages to the cover, finally I hand sewed another piece of fabric to cover the seams where the pages are attached to the cover. Hopefully that makes a little bit of sense. The pattern (Simplicity 3709) does a good job of explaining it. Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions!

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