I've been "working" on this quiet book for months now. The plan was to have it done in time for Christmas... but clearly that didn't happen. Instead it got tucked in a box with my many other projects in various stages of completion. So now I'm finishing it in time for Jack's birthday this weekend!
It's entirely inspired by this adorable pirate fabric I found ages and ages ago. I bought it having no idea what I would do with it, but knowing I absolutely needed it!
(See what I mean by ugly? Drawing is definitely not one of the artistic skills I was blessed with. But you get the idea.)
So since each of the little pirates is a different characters in the story, I cut out one of each that could be moved throughout the book. To make them a bit more durable, I used a fairly stiff fusible interfacing and a piece of flannel that I stitched to the back of each.
Note on this part: it's easier to just cut a flannel square a little bigger than the size of the fabric, stitch it on, then cut it out.
And yes, I hand stitched them. I hate hand stitching. The sacrifices we make for our children... But I decided it would look a lot better, and more closely follow the shape of each pirate.
I cut out each of the pages from a solid light blue cotton - I figured the sky was a pretty good background - and pieces of quilting batting the same size. Then began lots and lots of cutting out waves, ships, sails, palm trees, etc. from various solid color pieces of fabric, and then cutting out lots and lots of pieces of wonder under (fusible interfacing) to attach all of the pieces to the pages. Wonder under became my best friend on this project. It made it so much easier to attach all the little pieces, keep them from fraying, and get them to stay in the right place. Especially since I have no patience for things like hand stitching. Bless you if you do!
Then it was ready for the center fold seam - just line up all the pages (in the right order!) and stitch straight down the middle - and it was done!
I'll go into more detail on the specifics of each page in my next post on the finished book, so stay tuned!