Wednesday, November 2, 2011

My creative space: a roll up busy book

 
Isn't it great having crafty friends to get cool ideas from? My friend Krista gave me this idea to make a roll up busy book as she was making a neat panel style book for a little girl to play with in the car. So I thought I would make something similar for a 1 year old but make it so it can be laid out on the floor to play with and then rolled up when finished with. And other than cutting out the 8 squares for the book the whole thing only took just over an hour to sew together- I did do pretty simple pages though! I sewed the front four panels together and then the back four panels together, then placed the 2 panels right side to right side and sewed around the whole book leaving a small gap for turning right side out (and popping in a little yellow flap), then top stitched around it.
For the first page I appliqued some animal print fabric and added a felt flap...
A clip for the second page...
Some cute Maisy fabric for the third page with some beads to play with...
 
and some taggie ribbons for the last page (don't you love the Hungry Caterpillar fabric!)
Here are the fabrics I chose for the back- two from Roz of Squiltz thank you again Roz :)
And here it is all rolled up - I stitched velcro dots underneath the little flap to keep the book shut.
So if you are keen to make a busy book but are a little daunted about making heaps of pages then this is a great option! 
For more creative spaces, head on over here
Megan x

20 comments:

faith76 said...

What a wonderful idea - love the bright fabrics used. Leah x

MsToothFairy said...

Very cool! Where did you get the Maisy mouse fabric? She is very popular in our house.

Megan said...

Hi Sarah, I found the Maisy fabric at Spotlight in the Quilting Cottons section-they had heaps of different maisy fabrics last time I looked!

nzgreenbuttons said...

love it! It would make a great present. I think I'll be heading to Spotlight to check out the Maisy fabric!

Tammi said...

That is seriously way cool!! I have been wracking my brains trying to come up with some more handmade items for our little one for xmas...thanks for the inspiration!!

Rosie said...

Very cute!

daisy said...

it's gorgeous, love all the fabrics..especially Maisy!

Katie said...

Awesome idea and great for travelling :-)

Max said...

Thats really stunning, especially the Maisy and beads bit x

Leah said...

You are amazing! I can't believe how quickly you whipped it up - what a legend. It's absolutely stunning - a truly fab idea. Have a lovely week hon. Leah x

Naturally Carol said...

I'm going to store this idea away for future use! I really like the fun fabrics you've chosen - especially the very hungry caterpillar.

Dee said...

what a brilliant idea!
(i especially like how it folds up compact...very important when you're lugging gear for 5!!)

Dee

Jollym said...

Great idea :)

Miriam said...

That is great Megan - you're such a clever cookie!

Anonymous said...

From France
What a beautiful blog !
J'aime beucoup ce que vous faites
Nicole

nicole said...

I have written a cmment but i missed to give my adress ,i live in middle of France ,i love to see your blog ,all is beautiful ,i have no blog ,but i like to sew ,to create many things .... Nicole

nicolebm@live.fr

Jenny said...

Wow Megan! You are truley amazing - I think Isabelle might get one of these for Christmas too! Did you get the very hungry caterpillar fabric from Spotlight too? Jenny x

boysmum2 said...

so cute, so simple yet so effective, well done looks great

Madeleine @ NZ Ecochick said...

Just love this idea. I’ve added it to NZ Ecochick’s homemade kiddies gifts ideas. I can’t wait to make one of these. Please check out this post on: http://www.nzecochick.com/2011/11/homemade-kiddies-gifts.html

Sheri Bauer said...

Love the idea. I am leaving out the clip, though. At 7 months, he is already figuring out how to open car seat and other safety clips. He does not need any help.

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