I am starting this post with a disclaimer: I am not a professional sewer. I don't know all of the words for the stitches and things on the sewing machine. I am sure you can modify what I am going to show you to your liking. If you have any questions after this post just email me and I would be glad to answer them:)
Also, If anyone makes one, please send me a picture!! I would love that.
The first two steps are the most important...
1.Observe the child you are making it for a while. Figure out the things that really interest them and that keep them engaged. Busy books CAN be pretty and cute BUT that is not the primary function. For instance, Drake loves the buckles but the zippers and buttons are boring to him.
2.Leave room for growth. You want each page to have something that they are able to do and something that will challenge them. ex. Drake can buckle but not unbuckle, and can put the key in but can't turn.
Once you have observed you child and decided what pages would be engaging for them you need to come up with your plan.
3. How big do you want the book? Drake is doing really well with the size of his book 6 inches tall and 8 inches wide.
4. Choose you number of pages, The bitty busy book has 8 including the front and back.
5. Cut out 8 pages from a sturdy fabric. Leave a half inch seam allowance. If you want a 6 by 8 book then you should cut 7 by 9 inch rectangles.
6. It's time to start creating your pages! Here's a video of me explaining how I put together each page in my books.
7 After you have created all of your pages follow the steps in this next video.