Peter Rabbit

I think when you get on a book kick, you stay on a book kick. 🙂

With Easter approaching, what’s more appropriate than the tale of a mischievous bunny?

I found several sites with Peter Rabbit book images with the text. (Source Credit is given in the pdf).

My printable pdf is formatted for standard copy paper (8.5 by 11 inches). You can use the Momotaro post for additional instructions on assembling the book. Your finished book will be 1.5 inches by 1 inch.

I did add fold lines since the edges of this book are ALL WHITE. The blue lines are the outside folds, the red are the inside. You probably don’t really need the red lines since you want to fold all the blue lines first then fold them to meet each other (you never really see the red lines to be able to fold them).

One tip is to check that you’ve cut off any red or blue lines before final assembly or they will be very noticeable (such as on the tape tabs and front and back covers).  Also, it is a little tricky to cut the sections apart since the edges are white. If you don’t want to eyeball it, remember that each printed row is 1.5 inches high so when cutting them apart, each separated section is 1.5 wide; you can measure and mark with a pencil if you want.

Mini Kit was our model (above) but this size book is also suitable as a “pocket” book for 18 inch dolls. (Peter Rabbit books were originally sized for children’s small hands so the scale works!).

Find the pdf printable here: Peter Rabbit book

a peach boy for girl’s day!

Hinamatsuri (which means Doll Festival) is not just about dolls. It is also referred to as Momo no sekku which means Peach Festival. On the lunar calendar, March is peach blossom season.

My absolute favorite fairy tale growing up was the story of Momotaro. His legend has him springing forth as a baby from a giant peach found in the river by his poor elderly (adoptive) mother who, with her husband, had wished for a child. Momotaro is also a warrior of virtue and justice. Plus he has a dog, a monkey and a bird for best friends so really, what isn’t to love about this tale? (For an easily read aloud version, go here: https://www.candlelightstories.com/2011/03/13/peach-boy-a-folktale-from-japan/ Their audio version is a bit dreary but there is one on this link too).

My dollies love to read so I decided to make them their own copy of Momotaro. Baxley Stamps has some wonderful versions up online including the 1911 (& 1940 reprint) version as well as a Swedish version (that I couldn’t resist having a dear friend who is Swedish). There is also an excellent write up of how books were bound at the time. I highly encourage you to read through the text when you have time.

To make your own book, you’ll need to print out this handy PDF:

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I’m going to caution that I used 11 x 17 paper because it required less taping. Home printers likely aren’t going to accommodate that. A copy center will be able to print the single page for you relatively inexpensively or your local library may have a printer/copier that can handle the larger size paper (standard is 8.5 by 11). If that doesn’t work for you, drop me a line and I will reformat to the standard size for you (or if you’re not in the US and need a different size paper, let me know!).

Before we start cutting, let’s fold things so all our pages are even.

Fold the panel with the cover (the first image)back so you can see it using the edge from the rest of the paper to line up your fold on the top and bottom of the sheet.

We’re going to fold all the outer edge seams first so we need to skip a panel and fold up again. Repeat this until you have folded every other edge. It looks like this now:

To fold the inside seams, use your outside seams as the “edge” folding each “inside” by meeting the two “outside” seams towards each other. When you’ve done them all, it looks like a simple fan fold:

Now we need to separate the sections. I used scissors. An exacto knife, straight edge and cutting mat would be ideal to maintain your size but scissors worked (your book is formatted to 2 inches wide by 3 inches tall). Using the photo below as your guide, separate the sections by rows. Try to keep them in order or use this photo for reference again later! Trim off the extra paper on the top and bottom only for now (as shown)

To connect the sections, use the excess white on your edges by folding them over to create another seam. Fold one in and one out so you can overlap them,

align and secure (with tape or glue, I used tape). Repeat this for the third row.

The front cover also has excess white before it. That’s ok. Fold that around towards the back and secure it (with tape or glue) to the back leaving the back cover free (sorry, I apparently missed that step in the photos).

To hide that white strip, wrap the back cover around (trim the spine to width if your paper is thinner than mine). You can see here that my spine ended up shorter than my book. That happens. I trimmed the bottom edge of the book carefully with scissors at the stage.

Next we need to secure the spine. No more extra book now!

I used regular Scotch tape. I find that if you lay the tape flat and set the book on it, it’s easier to align. I’m showing that here using the edge of my desk. Once I had it aligned on the tape (extra above or below the book is ok, you can trim off extra tape after the book is together) so the tape would go past the spine (so it makes contact with the front cover), I pressed down on the book and carefully rolled the tape up around the spine and front of the book to secure it.

I then used both hands (only one shown, guess where the other one was) to firmly press the spine down on my desktop to square out the spine.

This step isn’t required but it does make the spine look nice.

To show you the scale, here is the book with the tape dispenser. I think they make a lovely couple.

Did you know the story of Momotaro? What do you think of a baby hatching from a peach?

Make it! Monday – OG books

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Shown above for scale, I took some of Battat’s samples of the Our Generation books and made them into pdfs containing mini-versions for dollies! The size compliments 18 inch dolls as a pocket sized book and 6 inch dolls as a large book.

For the original samples, click on the images to link:

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Use this pdf

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and these simple instructions to make two mini size books. READ THROUGH THE INSTRUCTIONS ALL THE WAY FIRST. I don’t know why but not everyone does this. It’s like following a recipe and discovering you don’t have an ingredient. Crafts look most professional when you have your supplies and process in place before you start (which is why the second one almost always looks better!)

You will need two pieces of 8 1/2 by 11 (standard American) paper. Print the pdf. Per the instructions on the pdf, cut out the images into two long strips. (I added cut lines to the pdf after I tried to do it myself and struggled – use those!)

Lay out your strips (second book is shown) with the top and bottom rows just as they were on the print out before you cut it.

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Fold the covers first.

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Now you’re going to accordion fold each section. To get the best shape, fold only towards the outer edge of the book. What? That just means that you want to fold the front edges first and any inside creases (the spine side) second. Don’t try to line up the spine side folds! They won’t matter because they’ll be in the spine!

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Next we need to connect the two pieces…let’s use tape (if you have a glue stick, go for it, I didn’t). Once again, line up that front edge and don’t worry about the spine side. It’s good to double check that both halves are going the same way before you set the tape! You’ll notice that I kept one half on top and one on bottom the whole time. That really does help keep them straight.

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See that little bit to the right? That’s the tab for the spine! Yay! (At this stage, if you want, you can use a glue stick and connect all the inbetween pages. You don’t have to though – I didn’t – and do not add tape in between pages or it will get too bulky!). Fold the spine around the backsides of the pages then tape in place.

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There is a little extra paper on the edge of the back of the book. Since the spine is long enough for Audrey-Ann’s book (it’s a little short on Willow’s book so you need the extra back!), you can trim that off or fold it in. Tape or glue the back cover down.

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To really make the book both durable and shiny, let’s cover the cover with some clear packing tape!

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Cut a piece of tape longer than your book. Lay it sticky side up and carefully place the open book into the sticky side. Take your time. I like to use my pinky finger nails to hold the ends of the tape in place which helps me center the book on the tape.

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If you have a lot of tape, trim it but leave enough to fold over the inside of the covers to help strengthen things.

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Pick up the book and give it a good pressing with your fingers to make sure all the tape is stuck down. Trim off any excess tape not adhered on the top or bottom.

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If you did not use a glue stick to tack the pages together, you can pull out the insides if you want (shown here from above). If you don’t fuss with it, it will all stay inside. (If you’re making this for a child to play with, you probably want to use the glue stick).

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Et voila! Here she is! Dime shown for scale. The books are formatted to 1 3/4 inches tall.

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Battat offers samples of their books as well as the 2016 Catalogue. So I made that too! It is a larger formatting (there’s that dime again). Pdf here: og-2016-catalogue

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Full list of available titles here: https://issuu.com/ourgenerationdolls

Check out the OG bookshelf here: http://www.ogdolls.com/bookshelf

All images and samples belong to the host providers as indicated and are used here solely for personal crafting.

If you have not had a chance to read an OG book, I highly recommend the stories. They are not available from Battat alone so you must purchase a doll or clothing set to get them. There are sales so keep an eye out.

If you want to make the rest, all I did was use the Snipping Tool (you could take screenshots and crop them too), paste the images into a Word document and scale each one to the same height until I had all the images (1.75 .inches for the books). The pages are each 1.31 inches wide (which is 2.62 wide for two pages). Alter the width size accordingly with the lock ratio turned off. Most of the images I copied were within .01 of the correct size already but that would have been enough to make the book “off” so it is worth changing everything to the same measurements! (And if that sounded like Klingon to you, feel free to email me requests for other books).

Enjoy!

back to school – BOOKS

Did your dollies do their summer reading or are they cramming it in now right before school starts?  Either way, here are a few simple book tutorials for more reading material.  An easy way to make books is to use very inexpensive small glue-edged notepads cut to size with duct tape covers.  Depending on the size notepads you find, it may be easier to cut down to size after adhering the duct tape to the cover so it doesn’t change alignment as you’re cutting.  Scrap paper (particularly from junk mail) makes great filler for books too!

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Books http://www.pixiefaire.com/blogs/doll-tips-and-tutorials/14136589-how-to-make-tiny-doll-sized-books
Bible http://funwithagfan.blogspot.com/2014/04/easy-easterchurch-doll-re-purposing.html

For more school supplies, check out these cool links!

school accessories from jenwrenne

Binder http://myagdollcraft.blogspot.com/2013/08/binder-for-american-girl-doll.html
Braille Sheets http://myagdollcraft.blogspot.com/2014/01/braille-writing-for-american-girl-doll.html
Bulletin Board (wall) http://www.doll-it-up.com/a-doll-size-bulletin-board-and-a-few-sewing-room-details/
Clipboard http://xoxograndma.blogspot.com/2013/10/decorative-doll-clip-boards.html
Folder http://myagdollcraft.blogspot.com/2013/08/school-folder-for-american-girl-doll.html
Notebook http://www.americangirlfan.com/2014/04/doll-craft-make-a-notebook.html
Pencils (Mechanical) http://funwithagfan.blogspot.com/2013/08/back-to-school-series-craft2-doll.html
Pencils and Pencil Case http://myagdollcraft.blogspot.com/2013/08/pencils-and-case-for-american-girl-doll.html
School Accessories https://jenwrenne.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/free-pattern-for-september.pdf
School Workbooks and Worksheets http://myagdollcraft.blogspot.com/2013/08/school-books-and-work-sheets-for.html

above photos from Pixie Faire and Jen Wrenne