Too much excitement just might kill me!
Monkey loves dogs so this one was obvious.
Cramming as many things onto a page as I can lets me get the most bang for my quiet book buck, so I included four different buckle-ish and dog related items, which is about all the page could logically support.
I can’t draw to save my life, but on a good day I’m a pretty decent forger, so I freehand copied/enlarged the dog from a clip art I liked on Google images, and machine sewed everything but the eyeball and mouth – they were too small for my machine skills.
For the detail of the legs I pinned my paper pattern onto the page and stitched over my drawing, then gently removed the paper. Mainly because I don’t have a washable fabric marker and was too impatient to go and get one!
The collar, lead and buckle cost me a grand total of $7 from a local discount shop. My sewing machine actually managed to stitch through the leather collar to secure it – I wasn’t sure that it would.
The lead and buckle (which came off a different collar) are on that nylon-ish type stuff. I (very carefully) tested a piece of it and found that it melts like ribbon does to stop fraying, with the heat of a match. Which is awesome, since I was then able to melt the ends rather than having to try to hem them or otherwise work out how to keep them from unraveling. I also made sure to stitch each piece of the lead to the page so that nothing can get lost (and so it doesn’t obscure the dog’s face!).
The dog tag is one of those separable key ring things where you have to push it in and pull at the same time. I’ve had it tucked away in a drawer since I decided to make the quiet book. I attached one end to the collar with a length of ribbon to make sure it doesn’t get lost! I expect that it will take Monkey a long time to work out how to do that particular thing, but everyone needs a challenge!
I love how this one turned out. Super cute and an interesting range of things to play with. Hopefully it’ll buy me at least 5 minutes quiet!