How are your quiet books coming along? It sounds like you guys are getting them put together. Very exciting!! Today we’re going to do the ladybug page, which will be the page opposite the inside front cover. I am also going to post pictures of the other pages so that those of you without kits can plan your color coordination! Tomorrow we’ll do the princess hair and laundry line spreads!
For the ladybug page, you will need: some good quality black felt, a colored fabric or felt (I used plain pink cotton here), a “spot” fabric or felt, a 4″ or 6″ black zipper, hole punch, and some lightweight fusible web.
First, you’re going to cut out a large body/head combo from the black felt and a large oval body from the pink fabric. Apply lightweight fusible web to the pink fabric only and fuse the body top onto the body/head felt. Trim up any overhang. Next, cut a slit about 4″ long and 1/4″ wide down the center for your zipper.
If you have a 6″ zipper, you will need to cut it down so that it fits completely under your ladybug body. Follow the directions on the package to do this – it’s quite simple, really. You just run a few stitches around the zipper where you want the new base and then chop the excess off below. Now, pin your zipped up zipper under the slit and stitch it to the ladybug. I found that pink thread and a tight zig-zag stitch looks the best; you could straight stitch it on, too (see the very top picture on this post for the pink zig-zag stitch finished look). The pictures I’m showing you here are with black thread and not so hot on the finished look. For this particular book, I actually cut small strips of fabric with fusible web and ironed them down over the stitching for a nice, finished look, but I don’t have a picture. Anyhow, get your zipper attached all the way around (use a zipper foot on your sewing machine if you have one).
Next, apply some fusible web to your “spot” fabric and cut circles. Iron them onto the ladybug. I did not stitch around the spots, but you can if you want! Place the ladybug onto your background fabric. I used a few small pieces of fusible web just to help hold the ladybug in place; you could use pins or put a few basting stitches in instead. Now, zig-zag stitch all the way around the perimeter of the ladybug.
Notice that when you unzip the ladybug, there is a pocket between the background fabric and the ladybug itself (which is why we don’t use fusible web on the black body). This is where the baby ladybugs will be stored. To make the babies, first adhere some fusible web to the pink fabric/felt. Cut small head/body pieces from black felt and small oval bodies from the pink fabric. Use a hole puncher to punch holes for the “spots” in the pink fabric (hint: this worked great when I left the fusible web paper backing on the ladybugs while punching). You can also hole punch or cut tiny spots from another fabric and fuse or hot glue them onto the little ladybugs.
Iron down the top of the ladybug onto the black felt bodies. Trim off any excess. Place the babies inside the zipper pouch and you’re done! Set the page aside until you finish the backside of the page (laundry line left side) to sew them together.
You can also embroider “Count the ladybugs,” or “Zip the ladybug,” or some sort of instruction like that. I didn’t because, well, I don’t like my handwriting.
The pages we will be completing are:
Count the Ladybugs
Braid the Princess Hair
Pick the Flowers
Dress the Dollies
Color a Picture
Fun? Yes. Okay, tell me how you’re doing!