Friday, July 03, 2015

Circus Baby Fabric Book

Earlier, with the help of Threading My Way we made a fabric book gift for a newborn baby girl, which was pretty and pink with ice-creams, cakes and strawberries. Now we've made a different design for a boy's Christening gift, with a circus theme. It's bright and bold. Here's how you can make your own soft book.

- 1/2 yard or so of batting
- pieces of plain cotton material (we used 6 rectangles 44cm x 22cm in size)
- material pictures to applique

How to Make
1) Cut pieces of material to 44cm x 22cm in size. We cut 6 pieces to make 12 pages in total.
2) Applique the pictures to each page. Make sure there is enough room in the middle for stitching down the center.
3) Decide the order of the pages and which piece is to be the front/back cover.
4) Cut 3 pieces of batting to the same size (maybe a tiny bit smaller) as the rectangle pieces (44cm x 22cm).
5) Place the batting to the wrong side (inside/no pictures) of the front/back cover.
6) Pin together the inside front cover/inside back cover to the front/back cover already against the batting. Make sure that this is done with the picture sides facing each other/together.
7) Sew all the way around the edge, leaving an opening at the bottom edge for turning.
8) Clip corners and turn right side out and stitch opening closed.
9) Repeat steps 5) 6) 7) for the other pages. (sew pages 1/8 to 2/7) (sew pages 3/6 to 4/5).
10) Stack pages together to make the book, then center pages making sure pages are in the correct order of how you want them to be.
11) Pin along the center to secure the stack. Then sew along the center.

Little Ladybird


  1. The front cover is my favourite part. Just adorable!!!

  2. Wow these are incredible. For someone that is hopeless with sewing I'm even thinking I might be actually able to do this - and they look wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing this

  3. Very cute and colorful!--just right for a little one😃

  4. Such a great idea, and I love the bright colours. It looks just the right size for little hands too! Thanks for sharing #creativemondays

  5. Tash, this is the most marvelous baby book - Love the bright circus animals! Thanks for the great instructions!

  6. Great idea!!! I too love the bright circus animals for baby!

  7. Those bright colours are perfect for babies, what a great idea!

  8. What a fun book for a baby. Great job. Thanks for sharing.

  9. I love it! It is just adorable and the baby will love all the bright, bold colors.

  10. This is precious! And the "reader" can tell stories about each "page," the sounds the creature makes, etc. SO much better for a little mind than an ELECTRONIC DEVICE!

    Successful creativity!

    Happy sewing,

  11. Great job! Are these pictures all from a printed fabric?

  12. Hey Tash! Gosh, I haven't seen you for ages. How nice of you to link up to Thriving on Thursdays last week. I love this book and wish I would've made some for my kids when they were young. I love the black washed backing fabric you used. I'm featuring this post at tomorrow's party. Don't be a stranger. Would love to see you again. All the best!

    Anne @ Domesblissity

  13. Very Cute Book! Great colors!

  14. Such a cute book! Love the bright colors! Thanks for stopping by the Submarine Sunday Link Party!!

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