Sunday, 10 March 2013

How to make rag baby books.

We are beginning to feel bored with the demolition of the cottage next door.

It was supposed to take three weeks. We are just about to go into week three. Because of paper work delays last week, the window to deliver scaffolding to protect Soggibottom cottage has passed. There must be one scaffolding company in the whole of Devon...
No clicking camera outside, a clicking camera inside instead.

 I saw some printed dog and farm yard material a few weeks ago. Perfect for a rag book. Perfect for a first book, you can never be too early in getting kids interested in books. I'm not keen on the hard cardboard or plastic baby books they can be chewed by little teeth. Rag books can be put in the washing machine and kept for years. I remember I used to have a Dean's rag book. With dogs on it.

They are really easy to make.
Decide on how big you want your book to be, remembering little hands have little fingers.

Cut out your material pictures, leaving enough room to tuck the edges in, although you could applique them on.
Also cut eight rectangles all the same size for your base material, I used green for the farmyard book and red for the dog book.

One picture one side of the base (green) material and another picture facing. Just like this.
Do the same on each of your rectangles of base material on one side only.
You have eight rectangles each with two pictures sewn on the same side. 

Take two pieces of the material and put the picture sides face to face.

Sew around the edge leaving a small gap to turn the whole page inside out. Press the page with an iron .
You should have a rectangle of material with four pictures on it, two on one side and two on the other.
Hand sew to close the turning gap. Then sew all around the edge of your rectangle.

Stack your finished rectangles of material on top of each other and sew a strong stitch straight down the middle. Easy.

I have flowers for Mother's day today and cards too. I love my kids.

Even the wit of one, with the address on the envelope. .

As usual you can find the terrible two over at the cat flap cavalier.

Happy Mother's Day to all the mum's out there.


Unknown said...

We hope you have a lovely Mothers' Day and have a super Sunday.
Best wishes Molly

Joanna said...

Cute post. Happy Mother's Day.

Mary Ann Tate said...

Happy Mother's Day:) Lovely flowers.

WendyCarole said...

you are clever love the books

Sue said...

Happy Mum's Day dear friend.

Jo's World said...

Your little books are wonderful and would make a good gift for a little one.

Happy Mum's day to you too!



WoolenSails said...

Happy Mother's day!
The book is a cute idea and that fabric is perfect for that.


Tweedles -- that's me said...

Happy Mothers Day! we love you!
And we love those books- you are sooooo creative and we love the idea!

Lisa said...

Cheeky kids! "the one not being knocked down"! LOL
Glad you had a good Mothering day!
Hugs from all!