Among my ever-growing list of To-Do's was this Jedi Quiet Book from Julie's Blog that I found through Pinterest.
Being part of a Star Wars family means I am magnetically drawn to all things Star Wars - at least for a look. But in this case, I thought "What a fun way to show the next generations the ways of the force!" I have a new nephew due to appear in the Spring...soooo... (I wish I had this pattern when my own children were toddlers).
|As you an tell, stitching the letters on by machine was not exactly easy. I had a couple of whoops moments.|
The pattern was very thorough - with pattern templates for all the lettering, figures, text and backgrounds. Thank heavens I bought a rotary cutter a few months ago. It came in handy for cutting the book pages out of the felt (which by the way wasn't usually as squared off as you would think felt sheets should be). I tried to cut back on a lot of the work - machine sewing where I could (I despise hand sewing) and found out it is definitely better to hand embroider the pieces rather than try to machine stitch the details. There is a BIG difference in the finished product (I tried to machine stitch the details on the tie fighters and it just looked...messy).
|All those cute little figures are finger puppets (and I know Yoda was never on the Death Star, but as the pattern creator mentions, Yoda was just too cute not to include with the rest of the bunch...and I have to agree. Chewbacca was not in the pattern but I'm working on creating a Chewie finger puppet to include with the book before I send it)|
|Freezer paper ironed on the felt and ready to be cut out.|
|Embroidering the text using the freezer paper stencil|
The Dagobah Forest had to be shortened by at least a half inch to get it to fit beneath the lettering on the page (and even then it came down to the very bottom of the page). If you are going to make this yourself, definitely test the position on the page before you sew all the forest pieces together or sew Yoda into position:
|By the way, that's pale blue water around the trees. It looks so much lighter on the computer screen than it actually is.|
I did stray from the pattern a bit. I outlined C3PO's body (easier for a young child to assemble rather than having only a blank slate with floating snaps) and added a pocket for the "pieces and parts":
|I marked on some of the pattern pieces where the snaps should be located. The first set of pieces were cut out for the individual pieces of C3P0. The second set of pieces were traced onto freezer paper in "assembled order" (as in the photo) with the dots marking where the snaps go. This kept my pieces lined up correctly once everything was assembled and the snaps were sewn in place.|
I added multi-colored felt "wires" to Luke's robot hand (instead of the optional computer parts and wires):
This was definitely not a project to decide to make at the last minute and I'm glad I started it early. I worked on it constantly for the first week and off and on during the second week. (And when I say "constantly for the first week" I mean it. 8+ hours a day. If you have many outside responsibilities, plan on much, much longer than a couple weeks to complete this.)
Mr. LH and I were even trying to think up some other puzzles/activities to create new pages but IF I do those, they will have to wait for another time and another book. Maybe in time for my not-born-yet nephew to grow up and have children of his own.
|I decided to do a layered yellow on white for the "Star Wars" on both this page and the first page rather than a double layer of just yellow. I think it stands out nicely.|
|"May The Force Be With You...Always"|
The Girl wants to take it to school for "show and tell", too. It's already been "gone through" many many times. I'll have to give it several good swipes with a lint roller just to make it looks new again before I send it off. And Elder Boy has requested his own set of finger puppets as well, though I have no idea what an 18 year old wants with felt finger puppets...but at least that means this project has probably passed his "cool" rating.