by toogie 24 Mar 2018

Hello Cuties, I wanted to show you a little book I made for the party today, Gus turned 2! I never made one before and didn't open my holes until I had the pages together. Not a good thing. I also tried to clean up my edges but this is as good as it got. Should have used WSS, just wasn't thinking because I was in a hurry.

I just used designs I had in my files, so they are from every where. I wanted to do one more page, front and back but ran out of time. I have a dog and a rooster that may or may not get done. That missing page should have been the dog across from the cat and then the rooster across from the tractor. I still could add it but I don't want to think about it today. I came home from the party and made a German Chocolate cake with homemade icing and a Dr Pepper cake. We are having a birthday party after church tomorrow, for my DH's oldest brother turned 90 Wednesday.
Hope you like Gus's book. Good night, I'm tired-Toogie

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by grobin 14 May 2018

Good job.

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toogie by toogie 17 May 2018

Thanks!

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by robertahilde edited 13 May 2018

Top job, I love it specially how you assembled the pages.




Thanks for sharing and for taking the time to describe the process in making it, I love embroider for children and I found your answers to all the comments very helpful, maybe I will try to make one of those adorable books too.




Cheers and Happy Birthday to little Gus and your brother in law.




Roberta

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toogie by toogie 17 May 2018

Thank you very much Roberta.

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by zoefzoef 13 May 2018

Superngreat job !

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toogie by toogie 17 May 2018

Thank you!

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by Eilis 29 Mar 2018

I love this book, have been wondering how to construct something similar for my gt'nephew for Christmas. Thanks Toogie for solving my problem, my brain can have a rest now !
Beautiful project well done.
Eilis

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toogie by toogie 29 Mar 2018

Just remember the 'back page' has to have the holes on the opposite end, or your page will be upside down. It is kind of confusing to think about but you'll do fine, I'm sure.

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by wesihom 28 Mar 2018

Ganz toll gemacht!

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toogie by toogie 29 Mar 2018

Thank you

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by mops Moderator 28 Mar 2018

Great job, Toogie, Gus will love it.

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toogie by toogie 29 Mar 2018

Thanks mops, he does.

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by holly12 28 Mar 2018

Great work. I'm sure he loved it. Arlene

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toogie by toogie 29 Mar 2018

Thanks I believe he does.

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by sonjapotgieter 26 Mar 2018

Awesome work done!!Stunning!!

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toogie by toogie 26 Mar 2018

Thank you Sonja!

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by sewilso 26 Mar 2018

How cute! Very nice work on your baby book! I love all your projects though I don't get on here very much for awhile.

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toogie by toogie 26 Mar 2018

I didn't know if you were just being silent or what. I am glad to hear from you though. Hope you are well and are camping again.

sewilso by sewilso 28 Mar 2018

Oh just hanging out on Facebook mostly, not doing a whole lot of sewing really. Just taking life easy. Hope all is well with you too! It is still a little chilly to camp but in a month or two we may go, having to take two dogs isn't much fun though, hubby fishes and I dog sit. lol! Take care Toogie!

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by stock 26 Mar 2018

these are lovely toogie, I use a tiny soldering iron for all my small holes no ne4ed to use sissors at all...wendy

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toogie by toogie 26 Mar 2018

Thanks for the tip Wendy, my husband might have one.

Sewmum1 by Sewmum1 29 Mar 2018

That's a great idea, does it work on quilters cotton?

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by katydid 25 Mar 2018

Precious!

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toogie by toogie 26 Mar 2018

Thanks K

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by Sewmum1 25 Mar 2018

Brilliant. Gee has it really been a year since his first birthday! Time flies

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toogie by toogie 26 Mar 2018

I know, it seems time goes faster and faster, the older I get-lol Someone yesterday remarked of how Nora has grown. She seems to be all legs. Thanks for looking!

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by kustomkuddle 25 Mar 2018

Love it. I too have wanted to do one of these books, but haven't been able to accomplish it. I started on out of felt but did not finish it because I found that I did not like how the felt stretched and got out of shape. Yours encourages me to give it a second chance. Thank you.

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toogie by toogie 26 Mar 2018

I only had one problem. For the back page, the design has to have the holes on the opposite end. I don't know what happened but my holes , when putting the pages front to back, before satin stitching the edges, my holees didn't quiet match up. I had to be careful when opening up to insert my split rings that I didn't miss the opposite side. If I make another I want to open my holes BEFORE I put 2 pages together with the satin stitch. Hope you understand what I mean and thanks for looking-Toogie

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by stork 25 Mar 2018

Toggie, I love it. Have wanted to make one but never took the time. This encourages me to stitch on!

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toogie by toogie 26 Mar 2018

I stole time-lol-I did all this in less than 24 hours, because I had to have it for THAT day. Don't think I'll try that anytime soon again-lol

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by brendalea 25 Mar 2018

Very nice job on the book. You can add more pages to the book as time goes on. Easter is coming up, add another page then and so on.
Happy Stitching =)

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toogie by toogie 26 Mar 2018

I think I'll take a breather-lol-but a great idea, thanks!

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by stw60526 25 Mar 2018

Very well done, great job

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toogie by toogie 26 Mar 2018

Thank you very much!

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by pennyhal2 25 Mar 2018

You have created a fabulous book! This really is a project done with love and will be tremendousely enjoyed by Gus too. I like the concept of an "forever" expanding" book too. You can add a page whenever you visit them.

When I make holes in my wall hangings which are only 1/8' wide, I use a hand held hole punch gadget that my husband had in the garage. It has different sizes that you can choose, but none of hole sizes are as big as these. I don't satin stitch around the holes at all. My punch goes through two layers of fabric and the felt inside. After I punch the holes, I put Fray Check around all the edges and let it dry. Then I thread the string to hang through the holes. If I were doing a project like yours that would get lots of handling, I'd definitely would do satin stitching the hole first too.

Having said all that, I think just trimming out the holes and using a good dose of Fray Check , or one of those fabric stiffeners products, around the edges of the hole, and see how durable that is. Would be a lot easier than trying to find a hole punch that size.

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toogie by toogie 26 Mar 2018

I like Wendy's idea about burning the hole with the soldering iron. I hope my DH has one...thanks

pennyhal2 by pennyhal2 26 Mar 2018

Please let us know how that works out! I'd see if the soldering iron melts poly thread before starting.

toogie by toogie 26 Mar 2018

I won't get it that close to my threads, if I can help it!-lol

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by crazypatchmama 25 Mar 2018

Am sure this will be treasured. What one gram will do for a grandchild.

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toogie by toogie 26 Mar 2018

lol-I know, sit up with them all night when sick OR sit up all night and embroider, to have them something for next day,. No matter which, we just do it!

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by basketkase 25 Mar 2018

Adorable.....great job, Toogie

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toogie by toogie 26 Mar 2018

Thanks Vicki

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by lilylady 25 Mar 2018

I think these are sew cute, you did a great job.

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toogie by toogie 25 Mar 2018

Thank you, I just love the farmer with the grass between his teeth, or at least I picture it between the teeth-lol

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by mrskiki 25 Mar 2018

Very cute and you can add more when you are able. Hugs. Nan

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toogie by toogie 25 Mar 2018

That's what is so good about the rings, they hold a lot. Thanks Nan

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by liliana1 25 Mar 2018

Looks Fabulous. Very Well Done

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toogie by toogie 25 Mar 2018

Thank you very much.

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by crafter2243 Moderator 25 Mar 2018

You are amazing. I get tired just reading all that you fit in one day. Your book looks great. I am sure Gus will have fun with it.

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toogie by toogie 25 Mar 2018

Angie I don't sleep well but usually I sleep at least 5 hours. I did something foolish, but I got it done 30 min before the party. I embroidered all night. I didn't even get it the bed. Never did that before, but by georgie, I slept well last night!

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by sandralane 25 Mar 2018

Toogie, you have done terrific job with the book. Gus will just love his beautiful book made by you, I have made a few of these with all sorts of designs -alphabets and pictures to match - numbers - and nursery rhymes. . With the holes it is so easy to add and too and change pages as the children's interests change in the coming years. Well done.

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toogie by toogie 25 Mar 2018

It was late when I had this idea and put it altogether. I was in a rush and didn't open my holes when I should have. Tell me do you usually use WSS? I didn't want to use felt. They drag these cloth books around and felt catches all lint/fuzzes.

sandralane by sandralane 25 Mar 2018

Toogie, I made mine from a heavy cotton material with tear away as some designs were very dense. I folded the fabric in four so as not to have so many joined edges. It took a while to sort out how to do it. If you look back on my projects it may give you ideas for the future.

toogie by toogie 26 Mar 2018

I looked back. You must have big pages and a lot of stitching to a page! Very nice, too, I might add.

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by killiecrankie 25 Mar 2018

Excellent first try,you can always add more pages later. Like you I have never made one of these books ,although I have bought Old Mother Goose book designs.Did you use anything else besides stabilizer between the 2 pages before you joined them together?

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toogie by toogie 25 Mar 2018

Yes they are quilted to light flat batting. When they were stitching out, I thought I would rather do them in a quilt, because it was so many stitches and I liked how they were coming out. I knew time wise that was impossible, so went with the book. Thanks

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by dragonflyer 24 Mar 2018

Nicely done...

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toogie by toogie 25 Mar 2018

Thank you

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