Before we get to “T for Tractor”, here is a look at all of the pages in this book:
While creating this book I ran into one major problem–there are too many cool boy words! Like, for the letter “t”, do you go with “tractor” or “train”? A boy alphabet book would not be complete without both of those words.
The only solution–you go with both tractor and train! As a result this pattern has 28 to-scale templates and you have some choices as you create!
But, today “t” is for tractor! Ready for your free template?
Here is the pattern for this page. Click the image for a to-scale PDF of the pattern, ready to print.
To create this page (and any page in the MY ABC ADVENTURE book) you will need:
- Template printed on regular paper
- Wool Blend Felt–I get my felt HERE. (You can choose any color combination you’d like, but in my world tractors are green!)
- 6×6 piece of felt for the base of the page.
- Matching Embroidery Thread
- Clear Tape
- Sharp Scissors
First, cut out your felt pieces.
The easiest way I know to get a perfect cut when working with felt is to tape your template directly to the felt you are cutting. Simply cut out the shape on your paper template, then cut a piece of felt slightly larger than the shape you are cutting. Next, using clear tape, tape the paper directly to the felt. Finally, grab some sharp scissors and cut through the tape. This method is much easier and more accurate than using straight pins.
Once you have all of your pieces cut out, lay them out. Pay attention to where the pieces overlap. For the tractor page there are a lot of little pieces, so this step is really important. You will begin stitching from the bottom up, so remove the top pieces and begin by stitching the “body of the tractor” piece to the 6×6 page base. After that, stitch down the windows, wheels and other details.
The only stitch I used while creating this page is a simple running stitch. The running stitch is the most basic stitch, so this project is great for beginners! For more info on this stitch, check out THIS POST.
I should add, if you’d like you can, of course, just glue down the pieces instead of stitching them. If you decide to do this I would recommend using Fabri-Tac, or another permanent fabric glue.
However, (and maybe I’m biased) I think stitching is a better option. Yes, it will take longer, but the whole point of this book is to create something beautiful that your little one will cherish for a long long time. Slow down, make it awesome and stitch. Like any crochet project, this alphabet book is a labor of love!
All felt is not equal. I like to use a wool blend felt for all of my projects and feel that no one offers better colors and quality that Renae at BenzieDesign. I used her felt while creating my own book and plan to give one lucky reader the pattern for this felt alphabet book as well as $25 credit to BenzieDesign where you can purchase the felt you will need to make your own book!
And, all you have to do to enter is sign up for my newsletter where I will keep you updated on new patterns!
Good Luck! The giveaway runs through Tuesday March 31st at midnight–so enter now!
Thanks for allowing me to be with you today–and so much thanks to Sarah–for today and every day of this blogging journey!