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Amy's mom and my mom were close friends, and sewed together our whole childhood. I've recently been working on my embroidery skills, so I thought it would be nice to embroider something useful for their new baby.
This book is absolutely stunning! From cover to cover, it's gift-worthy all on it's own. No bib needed. The illustrations in it, by Michael Manomivibul are just outstanding, and the story (and anecdotal notes) by S. Morgenstern (William Goldman) is timeless.
But you know me, I like to share things that are handmade with love, so I opened it up in search of inspiration!
The first picture I came across took my breath away! I knew I'd found my inspiration! I made something a bit different, but the "strong hero" element is definitely there! I decided *this* young girl could be the hero of her own story, so I gave her the full stage, and a sword of her own!
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This was my first time using Frixion erasable pens, but I found them really easy to use, and easy to erase with the help of an iron. Also, they won't bleed all over like a lot of other pens I've tried, and they claim to not damage the fabric. They write just like a ball point pen!
Half way through my project, I decided I hated the text I had started with, and erased it completely in seconds. (See my short video of it below. NOT a time lapse. This video is shown in ACTUAL TIME.)
I designed this bib for a childhood friend's new baby
I've seen the Princess Bride a lot. I couldn't even tell you how many times. I'm a fan. It's just one of those great movies that you want to watch over and over again.
I remember watching it with my childhood friends, and we'd recite the lines and even act out small scenes. I'm sure many of you can relate!
One of my friends I used to watch the movie with was my good friend Amy. When I heard she was expecting her first child, I knew I wanted to create something really special for their family's new addition. I had an idea to get started, but wasn't sure about a design to use.
The bib turned out so cute! I decided afterwards to digitize my "Hero" design and clean her up a little bit so she can be used as a template. You can find her in my shop here.
Above is a quick video of The Princess Bride book I purchased on Amazon. I got mine on sale -- hopefully it will still be on sale for you too! Make sure you get the HARDCOVER. <3 It really is a beautiful edition! I picked up a second copy for myself the very next day, and my mom even bought one too! It was the perfect add on to my embroidered bib gift!
Okay! Back to making!
To use the template I made, simply print it out (you may need to resize it for your specific project) and then cut out and trace the pieces onto your fabric using a Frixion pen. I used a black pen on a white surface for this tutorial so you could see the ink clearly. The Terry Cloth was a little tricky to write on. For small detailed spots, like the smaller letters, I make a dotted line, which was much easier to do since the pressure released the ink from the pen better.
You can use whatever types of stitches you're most comfortable with, but I used a combination of the back stitch, running stitch and split stitch for this project. I also used a french knot for the eye, but included a 2nd eye option in the downloadable template. I spruced up her jacket too, with a simple swirled pattern, which is totally optional, and not included on the printable template, and I used DMC metallic embroidery floss for the sparkly sword.
This simple embroidery project turned out so cute! (If I do say so myself) ;) I know that my friend and their new sweet baby S are going to love reading the beautiful book together, and I hope to see the bib soon covered in spit up and food! <3