For this first page I used a beautiful old bird-themed, embroidered linen towel. I edged it with a bright red and white vintage fringed trim. I just tacked on some vintage elements that I thought Jeanelle might want to remove and use in projects later: a vintage embellishment with a fountain pen nib on it, and a stamped fabric panel that I had received in a swap; it carried through the bird theme of the towel.
I also stamped Jeanelle's name onto muslin and stitched that on.
On the facing page, I sewed two scraps of bright vintage fabric on either side, and three beautiful vintage millinery flowers down the middle; I gave them vintage embellishments as leaves.
The middle one -- a gorgeous green -- got a mother-of-pearl button center!
I left the top edge rough, letting the fabric unravel for a soft touch.
On the facing page, a linen pocket made from a napkin, onto which I'd sewn a gorgeous piece of antique tulle lace with a floral motif embroidered onto it.
The pocket held a collection of white plastic, vintage buttons that had been put together by a local antique dealer, sewn onto green felt.
On the next two page spread, I sewed a strip of a ruffle from an old skirt onto the outer edges of both pages. Then on the left page, I sewed a piece of patchwork -- not a square, but a strip that was once intended for a quilt.
The way I sewed it, it became a slide in pocket, and it contained four pieces of quilted "squares" (but they're really tear drop shaped) that Jeanelle can use. The feedsack fabrics in the squares are just terrific!
Here it gets a bit tricky: I added an extra couple of pages into this, the middle, of the book, by inserting a yellow eyelet dresser runner; onto the first of the pages it created, I sewed a cigar fabric flag (because Jeanelle is very patriotic!)
I sewed it down with glass button globes, and sewed a doily and a pretty crocheted embellishment in the middle of it.
The facing page was a lot of fun: it is a very pretty chair doily that I've had just forever, with perfect colors and embroidery!
Onto that I tied and pinned the tiniest doll dress ever!
I used a really pretty vintage coral silk seam binding to do the tying...so pretty!
Would you look at the tatting on that doll dress? It is just to die for!
Under the dress, I pinned a completely amazing vintage embellishment in pink of a lady in a fabulous hat; I bought it on Etsy. And then I included a tiny vintage fan, just for fun!
I've made another, for myself, which I will show you next. Don't forget to click here to enter my Blogaversary giveaway; and here for a little button giveaway on my Button Floozies blog!