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Giant Toddler Book Toy & Floor Pillow

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Today I’m sharing my first sewing competition entry; I was asked to participate in Challenge Create: Fabric Swap Edition which was so much fun! Audrey and her daughters blog at Skirt Fixation and did a great job hosting the first edition of Challenge Create which focused on women sewing for themselves. 

You can see more photos of the book and some of the chaos that I plowed through to sew it on the Skirt Fixation blog today. Voting is open over at Skirt Fixation – check them all out and chime in with your favorite (hopefully it’s mine ;) )

For this round of competition, each blogger mailed 2 yards of fabric to a partner and sewed up whatever their heart desired. I was intimidated by the (beautiful!) big print of the Amy Butler fabric that Michelle from Handmade Martini sent me, but I settled on making another toddler toy.  You can see the buckle toy and activity mat I’ve made for my toddler recently; his giant numbers book doubles as a floor pillow when it’s folded and snapped shut


I added a ribbon bookmark, just because!

I hand stitched around all the letters and shapes, which gives it some texture and color definition… but took well over 10 hours. Absurd. I’m not sure if I’m the slowest hand stitcher ever, or if that’s par for the course, but I might never embroider again.

We’ve been having the most awful weather and rain, so I’m a little embarrassed about my picture quality! But you can at least tell he is having fun.

A few outtakes, for giggles!

This is the schedule for the rest of the Challenge – there are weekly sew alongs and prizes to be won! I sent two yards of beautiful blue polka-dot sateen to Danica who blogs at The Sewing Sparrow so be sure to click over and see what she made with it, too.

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Saturday 25th of February 2017

Thanks so much for sharing this project. I copied your great idea to make a first birthday present for a special little friend and when i gave it to him today he immediately started interacting with his big book. I love that the size adds a level of physicality so when they aren't reading and counting and looking at colours he can climb all over it, sit or lie on it to play with other toys and my friend can also use it as a nice floor cushion to sit on when she sits down to play with him. This is a picture of my efforts I opted to make the covers from a set of ready made bright pillow cases and simply basted shut the ends so if his mum wants to pack it down later she can pick the seams and pull out the pillows.

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Monday 27th of February 2017

Hey Kate! This is such a fun surprise - I was super duper proud of this project and it went over like a lead balloon on the Internet. I'm so tickled that someone (you!) found it and loved it enough to recreate it. Thank you for sharing!!

Barbara Boxwell

Friday 22nd of January 2016

As usual I love your book. But as I am challenged, do you have a pattern like you do with the dump truck? It looks so simple when I see what you do, but I guess I need a push. I know what your mean embroidery and hand stitching it is slow but looks so good when you finally finish

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Tuesday 26th of January 2016

You are too kind Barbara! I have not made a pattern for this, I might eventually but it is basically two rectangles :)

Pam @Threading My Way

Saturday 8th of November 2014

An awesome idea and so unique, Stephanie!!! Not that I do it much, but I find embroidery and hand stitching therapeutic - in small doses.

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Monday 10th of November 2014

Thanks Pam! It's funny, I was so excited about this idea/project and it went over like a lead balloon in the competition. But I still love it ;) I think I've finally recovered and can say I might enjoy hand stitching again soon!


Sunday 6th of July 2014

Fabulous idea, thank you for sharing.

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Sunday 6th of July 2014

Thanks so much!

Deby at So Sew Easy

Thursday 3rd of July 2014

That is a genius idea! Brings a whole new meaning to quiet book - you could fall asleep in it.

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Friday 4th of July 2014

Deby, I hadn't even thought of that!! Ha, I love it :)

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