Texture Soft Book

It's the middle of July, so I better get started on Christmas presents. Haha. But really, I finished my first one today. I made Elias a quiet book for his first Christmas two years ago. I really enjoyed making it, and he still uses it, so I decided to carry on the tradition and make Amelia a quiet book for her first Christmas as well. I found tons and tons of awesome ideas online. Everything from ABC books to Star Wars books. I settled on a texture book because it's simple to make and I think it will be the most age appropriate for her at Christmas (She'll be almost one. How is that possible!?). I happened to have just organized all of my sewing stuff, so I knew I had everything I needed to whip this book up. Elias helped me a bit with the sewing too, which was fun.

  The front cover

The front cover

  Under the ribbon is a little cross stitch piece with a fun texture

Under the ribbon is a little cross stitch piece with a fun texture

  Potato bag and faux fur

Potato bag and faux fur

  A close up of the top of a potato bag I used for this page. This was the only piece I had to sew on by hand.

A close up of the top of a potato bag I used for this page. This was the only piece I had to sew on by hand.

  A crocheted doily and a piece of flannel

A crocheted doily and a piece of flannel

  I made this sometime in high school as I was experimenting with different crochet stitches.

I made this sometime in high school as I was experimenting with different crochet stitches.

  Crocheted lace and a square of corduroy (leftovers from a blanket my mom made, I believe).

Crocheted lace and a square of corduroy (leftovers from a blanket my mom made, I believe).

  This is also something I made in high school that I just found as I was cleaning out a tub.

This is also something I made in high school that I just found as I was cleaning out a tub.

  A diamond of quilted fabric and some tulle

A diamond of quilted fabric and some tulle

  I cut several strips of tulle, stacked them on top of each other, and sewed them to the page with this fun stitch.

I cut several strips of tulle, stacked them on top of each other, and sewed them to the page with this fun stitch.

  A pile of yarn and a lacy flap with a piece of silk underneath (the fabric for the flap is from a dress I had as a child).

A pile of yarn and a lacy flap with a piece of silk underneath (the fabric for the flap is from a dress I had as a child).

  It's hard to see in this picture, but my stitches make the shape of a star on top of the yarn.

It's hard to see in this picture, but my stitches make the shape of a star on top of the yarn.

  A square of plastic tablecloth completes the book.

A square of plastic tablecloth completes the book.

I topstitched around each page and secured the pages together with three rows of stitches down the middle so it could withstand toddler "reading."

I was careful to use materials that could be washed so I can throw it in the washing machine after it inevitably gets food spilled on it or dropped in the dirt. I'm excited to have my first little gift done. Now I just have to wait five months to give it to her ...