Color Book Sew-Along/Tutorial

Over a year ago, my Aunt Zona requested that I post a tutorial for how to make a color book like the ones I sewed for Ellie and her cousin Luke.  I’m finally getting ready to sew one again so I’m planning to take pictures of the process as I sew.  I will post the tutorial in several parts as it’s a multi-part (but not difficult) process to make one.

This project was the first major sewing project that I designed all on my own and so I’m really proud of it.  I’m looking forward to making another one and have lots of ideas on how to fine-tune the design!  I might even submit my finished project to the state fair this year (as inspired by my Aunt Zona)!

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I’ll try to do a post every week or two and I’m anticipating that it will probably take me a couple months to get the entire tutorial posted.

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If you think you might like to sew along with me and make one of these books, leave me a comment and let me know!

Tentative Schedule:

Part #1:  Selecting and preparing materials (and some bonus tips and more advice!)

Part #2: Sewing the individual pages (with a bonus lesson on foundation piecing)

Part #3: Sewing the cover and trimming the pages

Part #4:  Preparing the solids and pages for the corners

Part #5: Adding the solids to the page corners (with a bonus lesson on sewing curves)

Part #6: Embroidering the title and author pieces

Part #7: Finishing the cover (including the circle and embroidery pieces)

Part #8: Assembling the Pages

Part #9: Binding the book

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26 Responses to Color Book Sew-Along/Tutorial

  1. Kim says:

    I’m excited you are posting this tutorial. I remember reading your blog post about the book you made for Ellie with some envy. I even contemplated emailing you to see if you would be willing to make one for me! Now you are giving away the secrets. It may be a great first sewing project for me to help me dust off my rusty sewing skills 🙂

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  7. wow i’m going to follow!! i was just thinkig yesterday i want to make a book for a child out of material. great idea and thx for the tutorials wonderful cannot thank you enoughxxxxx i will start today i have lots of lovely material xxxxxxxx

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