Back when Luke was still a tiny newborn, I got this idea to make a felt animal alphabet book for him. As with many of my crafting ideas, it simmered in the back of my mind and my excitement about the project grew more and more.
I finally started making the book at the end of January. I would pick it up when I could – embroider an animal here and there throughout the week. I completed the book at the beginning of May. And since I couldn’t wait to give it to Luke for his birthday, he got it on his 11 month birthday. 🙂
It was really fun to choose the animals. I threw in some less common creatures, like the nautilus, which is one of my faves. I used a couple of my favorite books (Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection and Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book: Make a World) for pattern ideas – though I just eyeballed them, I didn’t trace them or anything precise. There were some animals that I didn’t have cute patterns for, so I just googled them and came up with my own rendition. At the end of the post I’ll give the list of what patterns I used. I made the smart decision to buy the pre-cut felt letters, which saved a lot of time. The only downside was that they are pretty thick and also have adhesive – so my embroidery needle would get very sticky after each letter.
I’m so happy with how it turned out, and Luke seems to enjoy it too! His favorite animals to touch are usually the elephant and the panda. I love seeing him play with the things I’ve made for him!
Here are the close-ups of each page.