Fabric Baby Book

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I was delighted to hear of the arrival of Mabel, one special baby girl. A strong desire to make her a unique gift led to the thought to make a fabric baby book.

Fabric Baby Book Tutorial

After some browsing of Pinterest I decided to make a book with a page for each letter of her name, represented by appliqued animals.


A sketch later and layout was sorted. Designs were inspired by google image searches for appliqué animal shapes.

Fabric Book layout

One of the wonderful benefits of a fabric stash is having suitable fabrics in for projects such as this. I used bondaweb to adhere the pieces to the base fabric prior to machine embroidering.

Mouse fabric books

alligator baby book


butterfly fabric book


elephant baby book


lion fabric book


On each page I endeavoured a add different types of touch sensation to each page; different types of fabrics, the butterfly wings, and elephants ears are flaps, the noses & eyes vary – buttons, a crowd of French knots, silk embroidered circles.

Fabric Baby Book Tutorial 1

I added a layer of wadding in between the pages, and topstitched round the edges of the pages. The two pages were machine stitched down the middle to hold the pages together. The wadding and top stitching did add the finishing touch:)

It did cross to my mind to add custom order applique fabric books to my Etsy shop. However I was put off when trying to think of two different animals for the letters G and E as demonstrations of the name George!

As usual I am popping by Handmade Harbour 🙂


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  1. January 5, 2014 / 6:38 pm

    lovely book, is that liberty tana lawn in the elephant? Even if it isn’t, it’s gorgeous!
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  2. January 5, 2014 / 7:27 pm

    What a gorgeous idea. I’m sure it’s one of those things that will be treasured.

  3. January 6, 2014 / 8:32 am

    What a beautiful little book, I’m sure it will be treasured for many years. If you’re looking for extra images for letters G could be goat, gate, grapes, grass and E could be elephant, egg (E is much harder!)

  4. Pickle-Lily
    January 6, 2014 / 4:56 pm

    What a lovely idea and beautifully made! Have a happy new year, Jo x

  5. January 9, 2014 / 11:01 am

    Lovely book. I am sure she will keep it as an heirloom.

  6. Helen
    January 13, 2014 / 12:00 pm

    Oh I have just found this lovely blog 🙂
    It is such a beautiful book and yes it will always be treasured.
    It’s lucky owner loves it already!

    Many many thanks xxxx

  7. Robyn
    January 26, 2014 / 12:17 pm

    I love this idea! This year I’m all about making gifts and this is just fantastic! especially love how you’re spelling out the name rather than just having random pages.

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