Lily’s texture book

Make a simple texture book for babies.

infant texture book

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:

texture book fabrics

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).

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

10 thoughts on “Lily’s texture book”

  1. Thanks for another great idea! I’ve just bookmarked it. I have a feeling I’m going to need a lot of things to keep Leila busy when she gets older so I can still spend quality time with the older two doing activities that will be way over her head.

  2. Love it! I’ve thought about doing something similar in rainbow order & maybe even embroidering the color words in it.
    I’m sure she’ll love it on the plane!

  3. Oh, thank you thank you for reminding me of this idea!! I read about something similar on another blog, and thought right away that I’d like to make one for the son of one of my closest friends. He has autism and other massive developmental delays, and I think the textured book would be great for him. I read your post and realized that it would be really nice to make him one now, because he’s going into the hospital next week for a special treatment (will stay for a week for observation). We went into the sewing room today and picked out fabrics and I’ve started sewing it. Yay, it will be such a nice “good luck” sort of gift for them. THANKS! I’ll post about it sometime if I don’t mess it up. :)

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