Welcome back to Week 2! We get to find the fabric for our first page today. I’m excited to have some of you along for the Flickr ride and many more pinning the Sew-Along on Pinterest. A couple of other exciting things have happened since Week 1’s post.
- If you missed the Flickr invite you can find out more in this tutorial on how to join Flickr. We’ve got a group page for updates and photos so we can all sew-along together.
- I’ve created a specific page for the Sew-Along – just click “Sew-Along” at the top of this website. It will detail all of the information you need to know to sew with us and help you keep track with a full post list as they are published. (Including buttons and ideas for sharing your book.)
The first page we will make together is the same one I started the book with when I made the original – the House page with the peek-a-boo snap door. I love the mismatchiness of the sky and stripey/paisley house on this page. My new page is going to be a tad more “civil” looking, but still with a three-tiered sky. (Cohesive Look Sewers Note: You will not need your cohesive page fabric for this page.)
Before I go into the details – here is your scrappy shopping list for Week 2. (Click the list, Print it, Find your fabrics!) If you have a large scrap bin it is likely that you won’t need to by any fabric this week. This page is made up of small pieces of your favorite scraps. (Don’t forget to read the other details below so you don’t miss any information!)
For each of these fabric pieces I have given you a scrap size that is larger than you will need EXCEPT for the fussy-cut peek-a-boo scrap that hides behind the door. This piece needs to be cut carefully because the snap you apply will cover part of the fabric – take a look at the page photo above and make sure your fussy-cut scrap has a “snap space” on the centre right side. You don’t want your elephant to end up with a snap for a tusk like mine did!
All of these fabrics (except the cloud fabric) should be quilting cotton weight to get the best look for this page. If the fabrics are too thick they will not work well when they are layered together. Match the fabric’s number in the photo with the description below for more detail. As you can see, I stitched the grass together from lots of small scraps to make a piece of fabric large enough to use, be creative!
- Matching ribbon for the “tab” on the side of this page: 3.5″ long (any width)
- Fussy-cut peek-a-boo scrap:2 1/4″ wide by 3 1/2″ high
- Note: 1/4″ on each side of this fussy-cut piece will be hidden under the house edges and will not show
- Sun: 3″ square
- Cloud: 4″ wide by 3″ high
- can be made from fleece, fun fur or similar ” fuzzy cloud-like” fabric
- Sky: 3 pieces each 10″ wide by 3″ high OR 1 piece 10″ wide by 7″ high
- House: 5″ wide by 6″ high
- Door: 4 1/2″ wide by 4″ high
- Grass: 10″ wide by 4″ high
You will also need a few other things for this page. Again, match up the numbers with the descriptions below for more detail.
- Cap Snap: You will need 1 snap.
- Use any type of snap, as long as it has a cap you can attach to the front of the door to look like a door knob.
- Also make sure it can be opened by small fingers, some snaps are heavy duty and can’t be opened by a child.
- Door Interfacing: 1 piece 4 1/2″ wide by 4″ high, medium weight fusible interfacing (you have this from your Week 1 shopping list)
- Page Interfacing: 1 piece exactly 9″x9″ square, medium weight fusible interfacing (you will have this from your Week 1 shopping list)
- Fusible Web: 1 piece each sized the same as the cloud, house, sun and fussy-cut peek-a-boo pieces noted in the fabric list
- I recommend using Steam-A-Seam 2 Fusible Web from the Warm Company.
That’s it for this week! Have fun finding your fabrics. I’ve made a spot for mine in my handy Cynthia Frenette Pouch so they won’t get lost before I stitch them together. I had to fussy-cut my peek-a-boo fabric twice, so I learned… boo! I will provide pattern pieces for cutting next week and we will also sew the whole thing together. As usual, please let me know if you have any questions: email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment.