Make a simple texture book for babies.
I made this texture book for Lily after seeing this post from One Inch World. Originally, I intended to follow Katherine’s design of a proper book, but I chose several thick fabrics (including part of an old towel). I then made the rather unwise decision to try to serge it since I had the serger out to fix a shirt and it would have been so hard to pull the other machine forward instead… The fabric was too thick for the serger’s blade, and I gave up on that idea after sewing maybe an inch and a half. I considered cutting that bit off and sewing everything up properly but decided that Lily would like it just fine the way it was. Lily seems intrigued by the finished product, and I’ll probably bring it along for our December trans-Atlantic flight.
How to Make a Texture Book for Babies
Here’s a photo of the fabrics I used for Lily’s “book”, all scraps from my sewing stash:
Next time, I think I will add a piece of plain white cotton fabric; even the fish print had some texture to it. Lily, of course, is perfectly fine with the book as is.
Baby Texture Book Tutorial
Here is how I made Lily’s book:
- Select fabrics.
- Cut fabrics to uniform sizes. My squares are roughly 8 inches by 8 inches.
- Serge, hem, or cut edges with pinking shears to prevent fraying.
- Decide on an order for the pages of your book. I tried to alternate thinner and thicker fabrics, as well as coarser and softer. The more variety, the better, from your baby’s point of view.
- Sew the pages together. You can do this at the corner, as I did, or sew a straight edge like Katherine did for her more sophisticated baby book. While my version of this book was an accident, I am quite happy with the finished look. the corner seam allows my baby to look at one page at a time in a way that she wouldn’t have been able to with a more traditional design.
If you don’t have a sewing machine, you could stitch some scraps together using a simple needle and thread – it’ll just take a little longer (or not, if you have sewing machine issues like I did).