In preparation for my daughter’s surgery this past spring, she and I made a family photo book for her to bring with her to the hospital. This activity would also be great to practice family member names with small children or to remember family and friends who live far away.
The photo book we made was made out of fabric and machine sewn, but you could also use a store-bought album or make on out of cardboard, scrapbooking paper, or any other medium you like to work with.
First, we selected fabrics that Hannah liked, as well as buttons, ribbons, and other fun embellishments. Next, we went through family photos and picked out our favourites. Because I was sewing the book, we printed them out on printable fabric. This can be found at most department stores and office supply stores.
I decided to line each page with batting to make it more of a stuffed book. This took quite a bit of time for a sewing novice like me, but the quilted feel it has was worth the effort! I also wanted something that she could snuggle up with at night in the hospital. Each photo was trimmed out with ribbon (and learned the hard way that a glue gun will ALWAYS do a better job than the iron on bond stuff), and I stitched the pages all together. Velcro and a piece of scrap ribbon made the perfect fastener to keep the book closed.
All in all, this project took me a few afternoons to finish, mostly because I was squeezing sewing time into packing for the hospital, as well as the fact that my sewing skills are not the best. For anyone who is experienced with sewing and quilting, you could likely finish this in a day. Hannah loved working on this with me, and she loved it even more when she was missing her family during her recovery. Mission accomplished!!
Sharon is a New England girl who never imagined that she’d find herself living in Canada. She has a wonderful husband and together they created a Diva Monster. Follow her on her crazy journeys at Nanas Button Jar!!