Monday, January 3, 2011

Olivia's Color Book

Olivia loves colors.  Loves them.  And she loves books.  About ten thousand billion times even more than she loves colors.  But when colors and books collide?  Ah, it's a deep an instant love.

She has one color-oriented book that I picked up at the thrift store a long time ago and she loves it.  But it can be a little confusing sometimes.  Because--yes--all the things on any given page are all the same color, but there are all these different things.  Boots, buckets, wagons, socks, crayons, bananas.  So sometimes she's talking about colors and sometimes all she can focus on is that dang banana.  Which isn't bad.  Kids are obviously capable of learning and processing more than one thing at a time.  But sometimes as a mom I like focusing on one thing at a time with her.  So I thought a little book of colors--and only colors--was in order. 

There was going to be a tutorial for this.  And then everything went... not according to plans.  Somehow the whole idea of many many layers of fabric and felt all piled up under my presser foot made it through the brain check... but not the reality check.  Luckily for me I watched my sister bind a lot of books last year when she was living close by.  So I didn't know what I was doing by any means, but at least I had a general idea of the step-by-step.  Anyway, it is a mess under that white binding, that's all I have to say.  Haha.  And, in case you're curious, that white "binding" is a piece of white t-shirt knit that I stretched over everything to just sort of--you know--make it work. 
And for those of you who are really curious, here's generally how it went down:
  • Two layers of fabric with a layer of felt in between
  • Sew each page together together
  • Edgestitch
  • Make up how to sew the whole thing together
Helpful, right?  Haha.  Probably not.  So if you'd like to make one, I recommend checking out this post:
The image of the book in the link above lingering in the back of my mind was what fueled this book for the big O.  If only I had bothered to look at the post again before making it because Jess actually links to the tutorial she used and it looks great!  Ah, well.  Maybe next time.

But it is a book.  And it is colors.  So I'm pretty sure that, despite it's strange construction, Olivia will love it.  And that was the whole point.  :)


Jess@craftiness is not optional said...

I love how many colors you used!! how awesome for Olivia-kudos to you for making her this beautiful book!

Polly @ Pieces by Polly said...

This is awesome!

Andrea said...

What a great idea. I love the fabrics you used:)