In anticipation of the plane ride to New York, I decided to make Bennett a quiet book for those awake times on the plane where he'd have to sit still. I'm not really crafty in the ways of fabric but I've been doing a lot of little projects in the last few months on a borrowed sewing machine so I thought I'd attempt it. I thought I'd put pictures of all the pages I did.
To those who are thinking of attempting such a thing: Don't. That's my advice. Just buy one if you can. This took way too much time and by the time it was all over it was more expensive than if I had found one online. When I was first looking up patterns and things everyone was like "just make it out of scraps you have lying around." Well, I don't sew, so I had no scraps. No fabric, no buttons, no velcro, nothing. Which made buying everything very expensive very quickly. Of course, if you're already a pretty good seamstress and actually do have things lying around, then making your own book probably wouldn't be as big of a deal.
Anyway, all these little projects have definitely improved my meager sewing skills tenfold, so while I'm still not ready to sew any clothes or anything, I do have an increased confidence around a sewing machine, and that's what it's all about, right? Plus I learned a lot about what tricks I used that worked well, and what totally bombed that I should do different if there is ever a next time.
|Left: Brush the monster's teeth (which are foam so they don't fray). Bennett just brushes his own teeth instead.|
Right: The wheels are buttons so he can kind of turn them. I need to sew them on better.
|Left: Sensory page with different fun ribbons. I think this would've been a bigger hit when he was a little younger.|
Right: Mix 'n' match animals, velcro. I'm probably most proud of this page, it took a lot of work.
|Left: I used Pocket's old collar and leash so Bennett can actually leash the dog.|
Right: Magnetic fishing. Bennett surprisingly LOVES this page and will spend half an hour on it.
|Left: Practicing tying a bow. Wayyy above Bennett's head right now, obviously.|
Right: Put candles in the cake. Real candles was a mistake. They break and fall out easy.
|Left: Match the socks in the washing machine to it's mate! Little old for B right now.|
Right: I sewed a little LED keychain to the inside of this rocket so the flames light up when you push it!
|Left: Monkey parachuter. Except I still haven't got around to sewing a parachute on. . .|
Right: Fill the piggy bank! Coins from the Dollar Store.
|Left: Tent was supposed to have a zipper, but I ran out of time. Hugely unpopular page.|
Right: Abacus. Bennett doesn't really get the point of it yet but maybe when he learns to count.