Sunday January 30, 2011

 

This sweet little Valentine’s photo book is the perfect gift for and infant or toddler.  They love looking a photos of themselves and their family.  This small, portable photo album is soft and durable; just right for little hands to hold and look at.

For this project you will need the following supplies:

1.  Two pieces of cotton material cut into 15.5 x 5.5 inch rectangles (these will be the album cover)
2.  One 15.5 x 5.5 inch rectangle of fusible fleece, or light weight batting
3.  1/3 a yard of heavy gauge clear vinyl, cut into 6- 14 x 4.5 inch rectangles.
4.  Some bits of ribbon or trim, and scrap material to decorate the front of the album

Step one:  Begin by cutting your fabric and fusible fleece into 15.5 x 5.5 inch rectangles.  Then cut your vinyl into the 6 pieces of 14 x 4.5 inch rectangles.  The vinyl can be a bit tricky to cut; it wants to slip around a bit.   Take your time and if they are not perfectly straight it’s no big deal!

Step two:  Decorating your album cover.  You can keep this part real simple and just add some cute trim or stitch a felt heart to the front, but if you would like your cover to have the “You are loved” on the outside, this is how I did it~


I took a small scrap of plain colored fabric (I used natural linen) and I ironed some fusible “heat ‘n’ bond” to the back of the fabric.


Next I took some regular paper and stamped out the words “you are loved” and cut them into rectangles.  I used those rectangles as a pattern to figure out how big to cut the linen material.  I pinned the pieces onto the fabric and cut around them with my pinking sheers (you could use regular scissor for this, I just liked to look of the pinked edges).


Then I took my linen material rectangles and with black fabric paint and a brush, I stamped the words onto the fabric.


Once the paint has dried I peeled the paper off the back of the material and ironed the words onto the cover of the album.  Use your sewing machine to stitch around the edge of each word.


After the words were in place I used my ruler to line up the ribbon and trim, then I pinned them into place and then machine stitched the ribbon to the cover.


This is what the cover should look like.

Step three:  Take the other piece of cotton fabric and iron the fusible fleece to the WRONG side of the material.


Next step is to pin the two pieces of material right sides together, and stitch around the edges with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  BE SURE to leave a two inch opening along one side, so that you can turn it wrong side out.


Before you turn it inside out trim each of the corners off.  Turn inside out and iron flat.  When you iron the fabric make sure you tuck in the seam allowance on the two inch opening.


Top stitch all around the edge.

Step four:  Sewing the vinyl sheets together.

Match up the vinyl sheets in pairs.  Zig-zag the edges.  The vinyl will want to kind of stick and grab, so you need to help feed the vinyl under the presser foot.


Line the vinyl sheets up on top of the BACK side of the cover (the side without the “You are Loved” on it).  Be sure to center them on the cotton fabric.  Fold the album in half and press with your hand to make a crease down the center.  Carefully move the album to you machine and place it VINYL SIDE UP and sew along the crease through all the layers.  My machine didn’t have any trouble sewing through the layers.

Last step: fill with pictures and enjoy!  This photo book holds 11 pictures.

If you have any questions regarding this tutorial please send me a message through Xanga or Facebook.

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