ABC Book and Snail Softie




ABC Book:
Charm Pack - featured Love U by Deb Strain
Love U Panel
Coordinating Thread
Luna Batting - craft size
Fusible Web - featured Pellon Wonder-Under
2 1/8" Binder Ring
13 Large Eyelets - 1/4" (6mm) and tool - featured Dritz #659-65
hammer to fasten eyelets


Snail Softie:
Jelly Roll Strips - featured Love U by Deb Strain
Stuffing



Extra small buttons for eyes on snail.


ABC Book...


Select 26 Charm Squares to use as the backing or pages of your ABC book.
Cut out all the letters as close to the inside line as possible from the Love U Panel.
Determine what letters will go with the charm squares you selected. I chose two of the same charm squares to use as my front and back of the book.
Fuse your letter square to a piece of fusible webbing. Remove the paper backing, then fuse the other side to the center of your charm square. Do this for all the letters.

Using coordinating thread, applique your letter to your charm square.
Do this for all the letters.

I chose to change up my stitching for a fun look and to add a bit more texture.

Layer a piece of 5" x 5" batting then a charm square right side up, and finally another appliqued charm square right side down. PLEASE BE AWARE: You are working with letters that need to go in alphabetical order, so you need to make sure you are putting the correct letters together.
You should have a total of 13 pages (26 front and back).


Stitch a 1/4" seam along all four sides leaving a 3-4" opening so you can turn right side out. Clip the corners before turning for a nice point.

Following the directions on the Eyelet Kit, attach an eyelet to the corner of each page. PLEASE REMEMBER: You are working with letters so make sure your eyelets are in the correct corner for each page to keep your letters in alphabetical order.

Open your Binding Ring and slide through all the eyelets keeping your pages in alphabetical order.

You now have one adorable little ABC book to give as a gift or for your own little ones.



Snail Softie:
Select two Jelly Roll strips.
Hand draw a curved edge at one of the ends of the strip. Match the two strips RST and sew a 1/4" seam allowance following the curve at one end and leaving the other end open for turning.

Trim off the excess fabric at the curved end. You should be able to cut on your drawn line.
Flip Right Side Out and stuff loosely with stuffing until you reach the end.
At your open end fold the ends in and stitch closed.
Now it's time to roll him into a snail! Start with your stitched opening end, fold over and stitch it down.
Continue to roll and stitch as you go until you have just a little bit left for the head. I kept all my stitching in the center of the roll so you do not see it from either side.
You can now add little beady eyes if you wish or just leave him plain.
One adorable little Jelly Snail ready to play.


Two Charm Packs will make 3 ABC Books
One Jelly Roll will make 20 Snails.
Enjoy!
Angela Yosten

36 comments:

Vickie E said...

Wow! that was awesome...just awesome...thanks for showing that~

Jenny Garland said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely! Must make ABC book....

ginger said...

This is adorable. I notice there are two different panels... will the one that does not have the big middle section (that is only alphabet) work too?
Thanks!

Margaret said...

Lindos!Ameiiiii!!!!!!!!


Beijos

jen duncan said...

That book is darling, Angela. And just in time for Christmas!

ginger said...

Okay, I just looked this up for anyone else wondering. On the panel that is only alphabet, the blocks are 6" square, and on the panel with the alphabet and the center panel, the alphabet blocks are 4.5" square, so that is the only one that will work if you want to use the charm packs for the backings.

Jewel said...

That is adorable!

Marya L said...

My daughter is SO in to snails. She begged for a pet snail but dad said no. Now she can have as many "pet" snails as she wants. HOORAY! Thanks so much. :-)

jaybird said...

the book is super cute!! nice job angela!

Laura said...

This is such a cute, cute project! I am so anxious for Love U to arrive so I can create kits for this project in my shop! Thanks so, so much!

V and Co. said...

oh so cute

Brandi said...

That is really cool!

PamKittyMorning said...

Very cute! Love all the decorative stitches, I hardly use them and they're so fun!

Shasta said...

LOVE! I have so many babies around me, they all need a new toy or two.

Sarah Star said...

So cute! Need to find that panel...well, 3 of them. I've got some babies to make Christmas presents for. :) Thanks for such a sweet project!

Susan Guzman, SuzGuz Designs said...

Darling! Terrific projects.

Helena said...

Thanks this is super cute.

Peggy said...

oh my god i love it where can i get the fabric? i search the net and couldn't find the panel and what size are the charm pack. Many thanks!

IHeartQuilting said...

Oh, I must make an alphabet book now! These are adorable projects, thanks for sharing!

lesley said...

When the bag patterns appear I say to myself - not another bag - but your Moda Bake Shop project was fantastic, please keep up the interesting ideas. Lesley

sheshe said...

Wow!! I just found your blog and would love to make these for my young grandbabies....but where do I find the fabric, craft squares, supplies to do this project? I've tried to search, but have not had any success....thank in advance for your time. I can't wait to hear from you.

Jocelynilla said...

Hey Sheshe! Saw your comment & wanted to give you this link to the LOVE U line on Fat Quarter Shop: http://www.fatquartershop.com/Love-U-Deb-Strain-Moda-Fabrics.asp

You can get the charm pack & panel here :)

Nikki said...

This is the cutest thing ever:) I had to order the fabric online and I am so sad I have to wait to make this little book. Thank you so much for the idea:)

Joann said...

I made the ABC book for my granddaughter. I did buy the wrong panel at first. I'm going to design a quilt around the ABC book panel and another one around the center of the panel. This is such delightful fabric, I think I need to order some fat quarters too.

michelleml said...

I can't find the binder rings does anyone know where to buy a few not 100. Or could this be put togther another way

Aimee said...

I love this. I'm linking up at http://www.onthelap.blogspot.com. It's a reading blog for parents. Thanks for the great idea. Drop by sometime.

Sew Sane Jane said...
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Sew Sane Jane said...

never did find the Love U charm pack. I ended up using yardage for one (a girly one) and Lollipop charm pack (also Moda) for a more gender neutral one.
I also had trouble finding a binder clip - so I used ribbon and button holes (figured it would be softer anyway)
They turned out great and made great gifts - thanks for the tutorial!
http://sewsanejane.blogspot.com/2011/01/more-2010-projects.html

Pat said...

I purchased the alphabet panel & found the Charm Squares on eBay. Now that I am looking at the letters, I find that, even cutting on the inside line, each letter is approximately 5" square...the same size as the Charm Squares. Are the letters on the panel smaller?

Grateful for any suggestions...

Patricia

Pat said...

Just read "ginger"'s comments...I see that I need to purchase the panel, as the letters are smaller.

Sorry for the confusion,

Patricia

Vivian said...

While I love this pattern and I am sewing it now, I did find some mistakes and omissions in the pattern. I am an experienced seamstress but someone new to sewing may not realize these things. First, The eyelet on the "A" page is shown at the wrong corner in the first photo... notice later on it is shown in the upper left with the other pages being the same. Also, although you are told to leave "3-4 inches" to turn each page you are never told how to close this or to topstitch each page, although the topstitching (which would close the gap left from turning) IS shown in the photos. I do love the little book and it is turning out so sweet. thanks for the pattern and I intend to make my new little grandchild the snail, too. My daughter has chosen the Love U pattern for her baby's quilt, too, so I have stacks of the stuff, now! :)

Angela Yosten said...

Hi Vivian - Thanks so much for your comment! The "A" page is actually shown correctly with the eyelet on the right hand corner. The reason is the cover of the book is on the opposite side of the A page and is what you see in the picture where the eyelets are on the left corner. I do appologize for leaving off the instruction to topstitch around each page to close the opening and will go back in to update the tutorial to reflect this step. Thanks so much for catching that. So glad to hear you like my tutorial and am sure your grandbaby will be excited to play with it. :) - Angela

Vivian said...

Okay, while laying out my book I realized WHY the photo shows the eyelet on the other side of the "A" page. Moda uses a blank "sheet" for the front cover and the "A" page for the BACK of that page. I am contemplating a totally blank (front and back) cover so my "A" will be on the first right side page instead. I will have to get all my pages sewn before I can be sure which I prefer. In any case, I now understand the photo above and hope this helps someones else. I will still topstitch after turning either way I decide to do my book because it not only helps it lie flat better but also finishes the seam that was left open for turning. :)

Vivian said...
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Vivian said...

Angela, I just saw your note! I absolutely LOVE the pattern and will be making the snail, too. I wish I had seen the note before my last post but maybe the discussion will help someone else! :) I really appreciate the lovely free patterns offered on Moda. Keep up your great work!

Brandy Pettit said...

This is such a cool idea, I am bookmarking the page for near future reference since I have 2 close friends having babies in the next couple weeks. I think I'm going to put some Insulbright in some pages to add a crinkle effect. Thank you Angela and Moda for the pattern!
~Brandy