Buckle Book

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Here’s another pair of presents I made for Rosa and General Zod at Christmas (they’re only four months apart in age so I can get away with getting them the same thing for a while). It’s a good little distraction to take along with you in the car or at the doctor’s office or wherever you have to sit in one place for a while.

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You will need some fabric for the inside of your little book and some for the outside. I used a quilted red cotton (from the Pie’s caddy) as the interior and a thick denim for the cover. I originally planned to use velcro to keep the book closed, which is why it’s in this shot, but I ended up going in a different direction.

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You will also need assorted notions for sticking inside the book: zippers, ribbon, beads, buckles, snaps, and I even picked up a jewelry chain I thought might be of interest. Some of this stuff I picked up at the dollar store and other bits I scavenged from my mother’s sewing room.

Buckle Book 1

I strung some plastic pony beads onto some narrow ribbon.

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I realized after I planned everything out that I had red zippers on a red background, which wasn’t particularly appealing, so I grabbed a contrasting cotton to slide in underneath.

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So this is everything laid out as I want it in my “book” (which is more like a scroll, if we’re being honest).

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Now it’s just a matter of pinning.

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And sewing it all into place. Make sure you sew it on securely – toddlers can destroy pretty much anything.

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Time to put a backing on it. This is a general idea of how it will roll up.

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There was more pinning, and more sewing. I even mitred the corners, which I learned how to do a few Christmases back.

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Then I added on a wide grosgrain ribbon that would tie it shut and was also long enough that you can tie it around a chair back or car seat so it doesn’t go anywhere.

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Here’s the ribbon loop.

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The finished interior’s got zippy zippers.

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And slide-y beads.

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And slinky chains and clicky buckles.

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And snappy snaps.

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And all wrapped up!

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Author: allythebell

A corgi. A small boy. A sense of adventure. Chaos ensues.

9 thoughts on “Buckle Book”

    1. My brother had a beautiful one where the zippers and ties were sewn onto animals and it was amazing. I don’t have the skill for that, but I think the roll is definitely more handy for kids who don’t have the motor skills to hold onto books while in cars and whatnot. The ribbon makes it easy to tie it into place!

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