My granddaughter, Hazel, will be one next week! She loves reading books, so I thought it would be fun to make her a personalized cloth book, but I don’t really have the time to make it as elaborate as I would like. Instead, I needed something quick and easy.
A couple weeks ago I found a really cute book panel on Spoonflower that is customizable with the baby’s name, so I ordered one. Yesterday, I got the idea of printing Hazel’s picture and sewing it to the front of the book, covering up the baby motif that was on the panel. Such a simple way to make it a little more personalized! It worked so well, that I thought it would well on other book panels, too. This makes me want to make more cloth books with family photos sewn over the top of various parts. I have some squirreled away, and I can’t wait to give it a try.
Here’s the tutorial.
- Choose a fabric book panel.
- If you want, measure any areas that lend themselves to covering with a fabric photo, and print out your photo to the correct size.
- Apply fusible webbing to the back of the fabric photos.
- Turn under raw edges.
- Fuse photo over the motif you want to replace. Straight stitch around all four edges.
- As an optional step, cut lightweight interfacing the same as each book page. I used a heavier weight interfacing for the cover.
- With right sides together, stitch around all four sides of each book page, leaving a gap of about 3″. Turn pages right side out and press. Topstitch around all four sides.
- Layer book pages in order and stitch through the spine of the book through all layers. I added an extra ribbon up the spine and left a loop at the top so mom could attach the book to a car seat or stroller so it won’t get lost.
I was so excited about the book that when Hazel arrived at my house today I decided to give her the book early. She was so excited about seeing her photo on the front cover! Talk about a huge payoff for very little effort.