I’ve got 2 of 3 finished and the 3rd is mostly in my mind still…
Here’s pics of what I’ve got so far. The first is from a vintage Vogue Pattern (#1959) “It’s a zoo full of teaching pets!” It’s got some minimal modifications. The second is mostly my own creation (at least, I haven’t seen anything else like it to acknowledge at this point). The basic inspiration is from a “Close your Clothes” busy book, but I had baby clothes to upcycle and 3 little girls currently obsessed with all things baby- and I’m NOT ready for another one yet. So I came up with Flat Franny instead. She’s not beautiful, but she’s functional.
First, the critters (in no particular order).
A turtle- the shell snaps and when open it reveals a heart.
A kangaroo with a pocket to unclip (original pattern is a buckle) with a joey in the pouch. The joey reminds me a bit of Ziggy. He’s ugly. next time I’ll use fabric paint. Maybe I won’t bother attaching the string in hopes he gets lost and needs to be replaced…
A pelican with fish that can be hooked and unhooked from the fishing pole
A lion with a tail to braid
A hippo with buttons to close his mouth
A giraffe with 3 ties on his neck to practice tying.
An elephant with skates to button and unbutton
An alligator- the mouth zips open so the alligator can lick the ice cream cone with a tongue inside the zipper pouch.
Coach bear- with a lace up and tie baseball glove.
And the last page is my own addition- a zebra with a gift box that un-velcros to reveal a cake to celebrate. (The candles are the velcro)
I made this book once before (wish I could find those pics!) For a niece’s 2nd Birthday- 5 years ago now, I think.
Now for Baby Fran:
She’s an old T-shirt and some brown yarn, a dab of fabric paint, and a white E-bead for that little tooth. She even has a mouth that recesses into her head.
Page 1-Change her diaper (can’t be without “goop” for that!) These are the only remove-able pieces from the book- except for Franny herself. The cloth and goop velcro on for storage.
Page 2- the onesie. All the outfits have an outline of where they’re supposed to be in the book, and velcro or snaps to keep them there when not in use. All clothing except for the diapers have a ribbon to keep them with the book, but let Fran go from page to page to do her other baby activities. Outfits are miniaturized versions of the original garment. It’s fairly easy to do once you get started. Here are some sites with tips on how to make a larger garment into a kid or doll sized garment. Adult sweater to kid sweater tutorial can be found at Dana Made It (which is also helpful if you want to make a little girls sweater dress.) Baby clothes to doll clothes can be found at Obsessively Stitching. She’s got more than one tutorial for different garments. Take that and run with it and you’ll have some cute outfits for your own Flat Franny in no time!
Page 3 is socks and booties. Fran doesn’t have much in the feet department, so these baby socks and booties are on her um… “stand in” feet. They’re made from the same T-shirt that she was, but they have a ketchup bottle cut out to keep them in the proper form. The socks are tied at the toe, the booties at the heel.
Page 4 is the feeding page- perhaps the favorite for my girls. This is also the page that’s most likely to get tangled since Fran will probably have some clothing on (1 string) and there’s 3 strings on this page- one to the spoon, one to the bowl, and one to the cloth to clean her up when she’s done. We’ll see. The spoon has a pocket for storage, the bowl and the cloth snap on. The bib is sewn on one side a couple inches above the snap, so it can go on Franny and then she sits at the page to be fed. The other side of the bib has velcro to keep it in place in the book.
Page 5- a different outfit for Franny.
Page 6- her scarf and hat. They’re sewn on, but minimally so the hat can still be flipped up and down and tied on the top, and the scarf can wrap around and tie on baby Franny. Doesn’t she look silly with just a diaper and her scarf and hat? THAT is why I needed her outfits to move to other pages!
Page 7- Bath Time! The top of the tub is open so she can go in and out of the tub.
Page 8- PJ’s
Page 9- a blanket to swaddle her. It will velcro shut to either side for the last flap that’s folded over.
That’s all for now! I’ll add the other busy book when it’s done- but it may not get posted ’til after the New Year- we’ll see how busy things get!