Monday, April 18, 2011

Book of Numbers Tutorial

So April's tutorial... 4 tutorials this year can I keep this up?! I'll try to make next months not kid related...
I LOVE this book I think I like it better than the color book. I REALLY enjoyed the process of making this one. Though I am very happy to say I am done with it too! And someone suggested an alphabet book which is a fabulous idea but I am taking a break from books for a while at least especially since that would only be a larger project!

Please do not sell anything made from this tutorial it was provided free to you for personal use only. 

1/2 yard linen fabric
1 yard one-sided fusible interfacing
wool felt 
(2) Black and (1) red Embroidery floss 
Fabric Paint (orange, green, blue)
Freezer paper
X-Acto knife
fabric marker
graphite paper/Embroidery tracing paper **helpful note I tried two methods of tracing the DMC embroidery tracing paper was my least favorite. I would recommend getting graphite paper (which I found at Michaels, MonaLisa Art Products by Speedball) It transfered with one firm trace and the transfered image had dark crisp lines.
5" embroidery hoop
(10)      8” x 8” – Pages
(1)        16.75 ” x 8” – cover
(1)        8” x 2.5” - inner cover
(4)        8” x 3” – binding
(4)      7.5”x7” - pages
(1)      15.75” x 7” – cover

1.  Use your preferred method of embroidery tracing and trace the title page wording to the cover making sure to center on the right side of your cover fabric.
**my preferred method is actually this graphite paper I bought mine at Michael's it's what I traced the hands with further in the tutorial. (I would not recommend the DMC Tracing paper.)
To make centering the template easier I trimmed the edges off my template to 1/2" past the line.
Then I was able to lay my template directly over the linen and line up the edges.
2. Use a backstitch over the top of the outline.
3. Using your template trace number, word, and roman numeral onto freezer paper. Make sure to mark the top corners of you page on your freezer paper.
4.Cut out using X-Acto knife. Any letters that have little pieces like an 'e' that will need to be used leave them just slightly attached so you don't have to worry about loosing the pieces
5. Iron a piece of freezer paper to the back of your page to keep paint from bleeding through and then center your cut out word on the front of the linen using the corner markings as a guide, pull off your slightly attached letters and iron on. You will want to do this on a high heat setting so the wax makes a good seal to your linen. Add back in the smaller inside piece and iron in place individually. Repeat for all pages.
6. Paint each word with its corresponding color. Then let dry and heat set per paint bottle instructions.
7. Trace the corresponding hands onto each number page. I cut out pieces of my numbers to help me line up where I should trace the hands
8. Using 3 strands of embroidery floss go over the top of the lines with a backstitch. 
9. Cut out felt circles.
Arrange on page, pin in place and use a backstitch to attach them to the page. 
10. Layout the book in order 
Put pages right side together example 2 and 3, 4 and 5, 6 and 7, 8 and 9. 
 You will only be sewing three sides. The side that will go into the books binding leave unsewn. I laid mine out so I could see which edges should be sewn
Pin the one side that should be sewn. 
And then run your seam around the top side and bottom of the page. I like to double check my measurements before sewing along the bottom- you want you page seams to be 7 inches apart top to bottom and 7.5 inches from sewn to unsewn side edge. 
 Once three sides are sewn clean up you edges and snip the corners
Iron on the interfacing to the inside of the page. It should lay between all of the seams to the edge of the unsewn side
Flip page right side out and press
11. Using the 4 cut binding strips bind the unsewn edge of your 4 pages.
First fold each piece in half and iron, then fold down the top and bottom of each binding piece to make a 7"  strip. Pin to the unsewn side of the page and sew a 3/8" seam allowance. Press seam. Snip page edges and fold in binding corners. Pin in place and sew down. 
14. Sew the Inner cover linen (8"x 2.5") between the 1 page and the 10 page.
15. Put right side together with the cover and sew around the outside leaving a 3" opening for turning.
16. Iron on interfacing
17. Turn right side out, iron, and hand stitch closed. 
18. position 1st and last pages so the cover will cover them when closed.
19. Use a backstitch to attach them to the book. 
20. measure space and evenly divide it between the 2 remaining pages. Draw guidelines to keep your stitches straight. 
21. Sew in remaining pages.


  1. Great job on the tutorial Jess. I love your color book but I think I do like this one the best; I love the hands. And I think it is very creative how you gave each number 5 elements. Love it!

  2. this one is my favorite too! And so cool you gave a tutorial.

  3. This is so clever. Did you find the hand pics online? I ask because I want to add this to the back of a birthday quilt I'm making for a friend that will say "I'm this many" and have the five and zero hands. I need to find a zero hand =)

    Thank you for sharing your talent and I love the blog!

  4. OMG!!! I love it!!!
    Many, many thanks for share!!!
    All the best!




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