Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Fabric Baby Book

After having a bit of a sort out of my stash I came across a bundle of fat quarters that I bought from Fabric Rehab ages ago. I think I had grand plans of making a baby quilt for a friend, but as with so many projects it stayed as a daydream.

I decided I needed something a bit quicker, something I could finish off in an evening, that would show off the cute fabric. I decided I wanted to make a little fabric baby book after flicking through an amazing book in Foyles called How to Make Books. It was lovely but I couldn't justify buying another craft book just now, so I've put it on my wishlist.

As I didn't have the book in front of me, I had to make it up a little, but it's a pretty simple idea. I started by laying out the different fabrics and working out what I wanted to have on my 'pages'. Some of the prints were fairly illustrative, with lots going on, so I tried to pick out some nice 'pictures' - on the first page I have a cat looking at a bird in a tree, that's a story right there... For the front cover I found a plain beige fabric with a pale blue pinstripe, backed with a plain sky blue cotton.

Once I'd decided which fabrics looked best together, I set about cutting squares with my rotary cutter. I was using a quilting ruler which is marked in imperial, so ended up cutting 5 inch squares with a quarter inch seam allowance, it just seemed about right. I had three 'pages' inside my book, so used six squares of contrasting patterns. I paired up fabrics right side together and sewed around top, right hand side and bottom, leaving the an open edge on the side that would eventually be in the spine of the book. Then I turned it inside out and pressed it. I repeated this for the other pages.

For the cover I cut rectangles from the beige and blue fabrics which measured 5.5 in x 11.5 in. I sewed them along all edges (right sides together) leaving a small gap so that I could turn it right side out. I then slip-stitched the gap closed.

Then it was simply a matter of slipping the pages into the cover and sewing through all the layers of fabric about a quarter inch in from the spine. I back-stitched at beginning and end of the seam to make it stronger. This was a bit of a bugger going through the sewing machine, but I got there in the end!

I quickly sorted out the loose ends and ta-da! If I was doing it again I might personalise it by embroidering or appliquéing an initial or name on the front. Hope you like it... 

Update - I linked up this post with Faith Hope & Charity Shopping's Ta-Dah Tuesday, lots of interesting posts to check out.


  1. It's ever so cute, and perfect for babies who love to turn pages and still dribble on stuff that won't disintegrate! Thanks for linking up - could you please add a link in your post though?

  2. The simple ideas are often the best. This is just right for a small baby with lots to point at and talk about - and it’s washable too!

  3. Thanks for your comments :)

    Lakota, have updated the post with a link, thanks for reminding me!

  4. It's lovely, such beautiful fabric!